Announced at the black-tie Gala Award Ceremony hosted at the Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast on Tuesday night, Abell Point Marina received a Marina of the Year award for both ‘Commercial Marina 140 berths and over’ and ‘Best Community Engagement by a Marina’.
Kate Purdie, Abell Point Marina’s General Manager, spoke of the achievements by saying, “It is an honour to be recognised by the MIA who delivered an outstanding Marinas19 conference focused on trends in the marina industry.
“Of particular note was a panel discussion about increasing the number of women involved in boating and the marina industry. I am particularly proud of the fact that Abell Point Marina is leading the way in this regard, with a majority female management team which includes women managing our finance, business development, marketing, contracts and customer relations departments.”
Marina owner, Paul Darrouzet, acknowledged the continuing dedication of the marina team and their commitment towards his vision of creating a world-class destination in the Whitsundays.
“To be continually receiving such accolades as these”, he says, “proves that our vision is coming to fruition through the hard-work of our staff”, who join him in their keenness to “promote Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays region as a must-see global destination”.
Adding to other noteworthy achievements, including Superyacht Business of the Year and Major Tourist Attraction for 2018, these Marina of the Year awards follow the recent announcement of Abell Point Marina’s acquisition of the neighbouring Coral Sea Resort.
From 1 July these two entities will merge to become the eagerly anticipated, Coral Sea Marina|Resort.
The new name and brand is the next step towards continuing the creation and development of a premium mainland destination resort on the Whitsunday coast.
Developments to the marina facilities continue to progress. Recently introduced was the brand-new Spa and Business Centre located at the Ocean Club. The Garden Bar Bistro opened earlier this month and is a vibrant addition to the marina’s current food and drink scene.
The opening of The Coral Sea Gardens, a 2.5 hectare community parkland in the heart of the marina precinct, is set for later on in the year and will be a unique addition to the current marina village that can be enjoyed by all guests, visitors and locals alike.