MYKONOS – Tourists who can afford it and don’t have their own yachts to moor off the wildly popular island of Mykonos will soon be able to hail a vessel on a phone app – Uber Boat – to take them there without getting on a crowded ferry.
It was announced at the company’s third annual Go-GET product rollout to show how the app can be used to hail the boat for up to eight people to get to the island where they will find themselves amidst hordes.
It will start up this summer, coinciding with the Greek government trying to crack down on unlawful construction that locals said is ruining what’s left of any sense of an image of being a traditional Greek island.
“There’s nothing better than connecting with family, whatever that may look like to you,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said during the third annual product showcase held in New York. “That’s why this year we’re unveiling a suite of products that are rooted in connection,” he said, reported Forbes.
Available from mid-June to October, Uber Boat will be an on-demand service users will be able to book a boat that’s operated by a Mykonos licensed provider and available through the Uber app.
With travel to Greece expected to be at an all-time high this summer, Uber Boat comes at a perfect time and will offer Greek and foreign visitors a new way to explore and travel around the island, the magazine said.
“As easy as reserving a ride, you can reserve a boat direct in the Uber app,” Sarita Varouch, Uber General Manager for Greece, said in the Uber Go-Get video showing it off, how to use.
“Uber Boat gives you the ability to plan a day on the water. You can even see reservation details right in the app, making it an ideal way to visit Mykonos and tour around the island,” she said.
Prices will vary depending on the amount of stops the user will make. Each boat comes with a licensed captain so guests can just sit back and take in the scenery until they arrive.
“We chose Greece because we are strongly committed to the country and want to help local operators take advantage of the strong opportunities that come from domestic and incoming tourism,” Varouch said.