There are more than a thousand small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the sector, mainly family businesses that employ more than 25,000 employees and in more than 50 related professions.
The typology of maritime tourism includes the following categories:
(a). Coastal tourism
(b). Beach tourism (walking on the beach, sunbathing, beach games / Fishing from the shore / Observation from the shore of seabirds / Observation of the tidal phenomenon / Observation of the marine environment.
(c.) Bay tourism (swimming, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, paragliding, canoeing, motor recreation)
(d.) Underwater tourism (diving, spearfishing)
(e.) Marine nature tourism (aquariums, marine mammal observation, protected areas)
(f.) Marine fishing tourism (fishing)
(g). Maritime cultural tourism (maritime museums, ships-museums, ports-museums, museums of shipbuilding art, representation of maritime events, maritime cultural routes)
(h.) Water sports tourism (sailing)
(i.) Yachting tours
Yachting is based on the yacht that contains distribution and catering services to the tourist, as well as the ability to reach island and coastal areas. It also provides the traveler with a wide range of options for enjoying the marine environment. The yacht, in addition to accommodation and dining space, is the basis for the development of a variety of leisure activities such as sunbathing on the boat, recreational fishing, approaching inaccessible from the shore, diving, swimming in secluded coves , water skiing, touring, etc.
The yachting market offers boats of various types: (a) sailboats with or without crew, (b) traditional boats (motor sailers), (c) luxury boats, (d) motor yachts, (e) yachts or mega yachts, (f) large motor boats. A popular activity in various areas of the Mediterranean, such as the Aegean and the Ionian, is the sailing of a group of boats in a small boat formation.