Good busi­ness move

Whitsunday Times - - BUSINESS -

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

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