Published: Thursday, 04 May 2017

Emirates-based Gulf Craft continues global expansion amid what the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Erwin Bamps, is describing as an “evolutionary and exciting time for the leisure marine industry.”

Gulf Craft Expands Global Footprint And Appoints Vice President Of Sales 1

(Photos: Gulf Craft - Gulf Craft's fleet at the Dubai International Boat Show 2017)

The shipyard has recently forged new distribution partnerships and has embarked on a programme of major investments and a global strategy that puts client demands at the centre of product development. 

More than 70% of Gulf Craft’s yachts and boats are exported outside the UAE, and they can be found around the world through its network of dealers, from Europe and the Middle East, to Southeast Asia and Australia.

Gulf Craft announced its exclusive partnership with Germany-based Drettmann Yachts International for the distribution of its yachts in the Europe, Ukraine, and Russia.

Bamps said: “Our dynamic growth enables us to increase our reach and take our core values to the world. For us, those values are defined by the quality of craft that we produce and our commitment to customer service.

“Thanks to growing public interest in luxury cruising experiences, an emerging desire to explore new destinations, and a market focus that is increasingly shifting from form to function, key quality attributes, such as user-friendliness, safety, reliability, onboard space utilisation, and value retention, have become priorities worldwide.” 

As part of Gulf Craft’s on-going global expansion strategy, the shipyard recently appointed its former sales manager, Notis Menelaou, as the company’s Vice President of Sales.

Gulf Craft Expands Global Footprint And Appoints Vice President Of Sales

(Notis Menelaou)

Bamps said: “Having been with the company for over a decade, Menelaou has developed a deep understanding not only of what truly makes Gulf Craft different, but also of how today’s customers want to spend their time on water.

“In his role, and with his overall industry experience, Menelaou is focused on driving overall business development and supporting Gulf Craft’s vision of becoming a world-leading industry authority on leisure yachting.”

Menelaou said: “Gulf Craft has proven to its international clientele that it can fit their requirements wherever they are, and it is truly an honour to be a part of the shipyard’s journey to global success. I look forward to continuing to play a key role in building both the innovations and the relationships that will redefine the cruising experience for existing and future customers.”