Marina is a hub for locals too
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.