In a formal ceremony taking place this week, owner of Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Paul Darrouzet was awarded 5 Gold Anchor accreditation by Colin Bransgrove, CEO Marina Industries Association (MIA). Whitsunday’s marina Abell Point Marina have officially now become the first marina internationally to attain Gold Anchor accreditation under the Global Gold Anchor Scheme.
The certification was awarded by the Marina Industries Association in their capacity as partner of the Global Gold Anchor Marina Accreditation Scheme. The scheme is designed to provide a template for customer friendly marina development, as well as benefitting world marina users, by providing a global performance benchmark for marinas to effectively position themselves within a scale of 2 to 5 in the marketplace. By attaining the highest accreditation – 5 Gold Anchors – and the first global accreditation, Abell Point Marina has positioned itself as a key player in the marina industry and a marina of choice for domestic and international boat owners.
Paul Darrouzet, owner of Whitsunday’s Abell Point Marina says of this achievement “It is a very momentous occasion for Abell Point Marina as we have taken a previously run down 2.5 star marina to a 5 star marina that now sets a benchmark across the globe. We are based on the doorstep to the best cruising grounds in the world, why can’t we have a world class marina experience to match’.
As a result of Mr Darrouzet’s vision, Abell Point Marina has committed to providing a world-class destination marina. With a strong focus on customer service, vast improvements in facilities and marina services and an exciting range of new and diverse tenants, the marina has raised the bar for the marina industry and its success in doing so has been further cemented by the recent attainment of the 5 Gold Anchors.
Abell Point Marina’s General Manager Luke McCaul explains “Our single most important focus in reinvigorating Abell Point Marina has been our commitment to the customer and determination to take the hassle out of the boating experience. In our endeavors to achieve this goal we have created a world class marina experience that is now recognized across the globe as a five gold anchor marina experience”.
Representing the Marina Industries Association in Australia at the presentation was Colin Bransgrove. Of Abell Points achievement, Mr Bransgrove said “Abell Point Marina is a fitting recipient to be presented with the first accreditation under the Global Gold Anchor Scheme. It epitomizes what Gold Anchor stands for: a focus on the customer experience, quality services and facilities and an enduring commitment to continuous improvement”.
Providing access to the 74 Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, Abell Point Marina’s perfect position on the Queensland coast provides scope for driving tourism to the Whitsunday region. With 507 wet berths, Abell Point Marina is home to 70+ commercial operators as well as a vast range of commercial (leisure and marine) tenants occupying the marina village, making Abell Point Marina the single largest employer in the Whitsunday region and a key player in the region’s economic development.