Ma­rina is a hub for lo­cals too

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS -

IT’S LEFT its mark on the rest of the world and now Abell Point Ma­rina wants to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion with you – the lo­cals.

For the month of June, the en­tire ma­rina from its ten­ants to tourism op­er­a­tors, is invit­ing lo­cals to re­mem­ber what living in the Whit­sun­days is all about.

This lo­cal fo­cus is yet an­other facet of the ma­rina’s ma­jor re­de­vel­op­ment un­der the tagline “Stay. Play. Ex­plore”.

Since its stunning trans­for­ma­tion, hol­i­day­mak­ers from around the world have been flock­ing to the ma­rina, but owner Paul Dar­rouzet feels it’s time to re­ward those who it’s re­ally there for – you.

There will be an ar­ray of dis­counts and pack­age deals avail­able with the ma­rina’s res­i­dents from Der­went Hunter to Sor­rento Restau­rant and Bar.

Abell Point Ma­rina mar­ket­ing and busi­ness devel­op­ment manager Luke McCaul said the ma­rina truly had some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“Whether you want to bring the kids for walk along the board­walk, book a day trip or grab a drink at a bar – it all starts and ends here,” he said.

“From the very be­gin­ning Paul has had this vi­sion to make the ma­rina the hub of Air­lie Beach and that’s what we are all about.”

And the ma­rina’s ten­ants all agree.

Ever since it opened, Sor­rento Restau­rant and Bar has al­ways had a strong con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“We’re the place lo­cals come down to ei­ther start their week­ends or wind down on a Sun­day,” co-owner Julie Is­togu said.

“Per­haps if you haven’t been here for a while, this is a chance to re­mind you what great food and ser­vice we have. Not to for­get some of the best sun­sets in the Whit­sun­days.”

Hay­ley Bennett from Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours said the team’s motto was “you can never be un­happy on a jet­ski” which is some­thing that’s ap- pli­ca­ble to both vis­i­tors and lo­cals.

“The Whit­sun­day life­style is all about get­ting out on the wa­ter which is some­thing we can for­get when we’re tied up with work and other life com- mit­ments,” she said.

Colin Bell from Quad­rant Marine looks for­ward to the June cam­paign.

“I guess it’s about re­mind­ing the lo­cals we are here. This ma­rina is more than tran­sit for tourists – there’s ma­rina ser­vices and places to eat and drink,” he said.

Tight-lipped but ex­cited, Mr McCaul also promised some brand new res­i­den­cies for the ma­rina in the next six months.

WHIT­SUN­DAY WEL­COME: Hay­ley Bennett from Whit­sun­day Jet­ski Tours, Julie Is­togu from Sor­rento Restau­rant and Bar, Luke McCaul from Abell Point Ma­rina, Colin Bell from Quad­rant Marine, Petrit Is­togu with daugh­ter Lin­dita from Sor­rento Restau­rant and Bar and Cherie Morel from Abell Point Ma­rina wel­come Whit­sun­days res­i­dents to en­joy the ma­rina.

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