Monarch, the leading scheduled leisure airline is to launch flights to Gibraltar as part of the carrier’s expansion of its Birmingham network of routes for summer 2013.
On Monday 9 July, Fabian Picardo delivered his first Budget as Chief Minister of Gibraltar. Amongst the good news in his leather “Budget Box” was the abolition of import duty for vessels over 18 metres in length and a reduction from 12% to 6% for vessels under 18 metres.
Gibraltar may be teetering on the brink of winter but one man who won’t be reaching for his fleece in Ocean Village this week is long-time Arctic explorer Gilles Elkaim who just sailed in on his expedition boat, Arktika. Base camp for Gilles is some 300km north of the Arctic Circle in Finland where he will shortly be returning to run his popular human-canine adventure camp in sub zero temperatures.
As proof that Gibraltar’s Ocean Village is a superyacht magnet, this week a sextet of heavyweight vessels cruised in all requiring berths. Thanks to 2010’s Premier Berth expansion programme, there was space for all as well as a fantastic photo opportunity for passersby.
This week low-cost airline easyJet strengthened its commitment to Gibraltar by adding four extra weekly flights to its London Gatwick service. Scheduled to begin next summer, the airline will now operate 11 flights a week to this London airport.
Billed as “the most member-driven General Assembly event” in the Association’s history, Gibraltar delegate, Brian Stevendale, recently joined 260 more representatives from 100 World Trade Centers across the globe at the annual General Assembly held in Sao Paolo, Brazil from 9 to 12 October 2011.
When 78-metre Samar was commissioned, she was the largest yacht to be built in the UK since Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was launched back in 1953.
In a mutual commitment to keep Ocean Village a safe and pleasant environment, key resort licensees have gathered together to launch ‘Pubwatch’. At its simplest, the scheme allows for strong links between the premises to help combat minority bad behaviour for the benefit of all.
The now infamous annual Ocean Village-sponsored Cardboard Boat Race took place on Saturday 3 September under bright blue skies.
Denmark may be far from tropical, yet it has produced one of the finest steel bands on the circuit – the “Steel Hammers”.
Quest Insurance finance director Liz Quinn, and finance manager Kerry Peters are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in just under two weeks time for charity. Help for Heroes and The Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief will share equally all monies raised from their adventure.
At first glance, 59 metre Calixe looked like ‘just’ another superyacht in the conveyor belt of beauties that continue to grace the waters of Gibraltar’s Ocean Village.
Owning third place in May’s Sunday Times Rich List, Roman Abramovich may be empty-handed of footballing silverware this year, but he has still managed to amass a £10.3 billion fortune – £3 billion up on 2010.
For a chilled weekend away from the hurly-burly, exploring another coastline with old friends and new, it’s essential to pen the dates of the Gibraltar-Morocco Rally into the diary – Friday 24 to Monday 27 June. Dubbed 'the world's most sociable yacht rally' and now in its 11th year, the event departs from Ocean Village marina and offers a chance for non-racing sailors and motorboaters to get together on the water and cruise in company.
Since official launch in May 2010, Ocean Village’s ambitious new Premier Berths have been very much in demand. At their one-year anniversary, occupancy is between an incredible 70 to 80% on a day-to-day basis, even higher in peak periods, and for that Ocean Village can credit its keen pricing strategy with a maximum of £4 a metre charged per day for even the largest of megayachts.
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