Mon, Sep 19, 2016

BWA Yachting expands into Puerto Rico

Marine and yacht services agency BWA Yachting has opened an office in Puerto Rico, expanding its operations in the Caribbean. 

This is the latest move adds to BWA Yachting’s presence in the area as it already has offices in Antigua and St Maarten. The move represents the company's second international expansion this year, the first one being into Italy in April 2016.

With the Caribbean well established as one of the favourite destinations for superyachts, and Puerto Rico fast becoming a popular port of call with the cruising community, BWA Yachting says there are sound commercial reasons for expanding the brand here. 

The company’s new office and facilities in Calle Marina are right next door to the planned superyacht marina in the island capital of San Juan.

 “Historically, Puerto Rico has always been strategically well placed as a gateway to Las Americas, but the island is still a fairly recent discovery for the superyacht fleet,” says Jose Casanova, the managing partner for the operation in Puerto Rico.  “The islanders are well known for their hospitality and sunny outlook and visitors are made to feel especially welcome. It’s the perfect location for cruising and is increasingly popular as a destination for skippers and their crews, so setting up a BWA Yachting office in Puerto Rico was a natural and very exciting opportunity for us.”

As well as cruising the island, visitors can explore the many white sandy beaches, coral reefs, exciting nightlife and diverse culture that makes Puerto Rico so different from its Caribbean neighbours. 

BWA Yachting CEO Stefano Tositti said they were excited about the potential for growth in the area and being able to offer clients the full range of marine services from their base in Puerto Rico. The excellent local knowledge of the island that Casanova has was an additional strength: “We’re well placed to provide immediate services to meet our customers' needs with great local knowledge and resources from one central location, conveniently close to the superyacht marina.”

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