Good business move
TWO Whitsunday businesses are reaching new heights (figuratively and literally) since an office relocation at Abell Point Marina.
A second Heli Taxi office now operates from Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales’ previous office, with the former moving to the North Village upstairs from Quadrant Marine.
The move, which happened just last week, was thought to be in the best interests of the marina’s new dedicated helicopter service.
Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales director Rachael Hohnke was pleased to do business with Heli Taxi owner and pilot Ron Harris, expecting it to do great things for the marina.
“It’s all about making Abell Point Marina the hub of Airlie Beach,” she said.
Heli Taxi is flexible, affordable and an exhilarating way to explore the hidden beauty of the Whitsunday Islands.
Primarily based at Whitsunday Airport, the helicopter service partly moved to Abell Point Marina when owner Paul Darrouzet unveiled a helipad earlier this year.
With the scenic tours from Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and Hardy Reef all available from the second location, Heli Taxi now offers shorter routes such as day trips to Hydeaway Bay and airport transfers from the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine.
The company prides itself on its motto, “Where can we fly you?”
A couple of weeks ago, the company did just that when two tourists had missed their departure from Abell Point Marina for an overnight sailing tour.
“We were able to contact the boat and simply drop them off,” Mr Harris said.
Business has been running smoothly for Ms Hohnke since Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales was rebranded in 2007.
It is one of North Queensland’s leading marine brokerages, servicing Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Laguna Quays, Bowen and Townsville. Ms Hohnke said the office relocation would help the business expand as it announced a newly established relationship with long-range luxury motor yachts Maritimo and Jeanneau Yachts.
TAKING OFF: Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales director Rachael Hohnke and Heli Taxi owner pilot Ron Harris agree the relocation of the businesses improves the marina’s North Village.
Photo: Charlotte Lam