Busi­ness own­ers love gold ac­cred­ited Abell Point

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

HAV­ING been given a big pat on the back by the Ma­rine In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion, Abell Point Ma­rina is beloved by it’s res­i­dent busi­nesses as well by all ac­counts.

AB Ma­rine owner Kenny Ni­coll has been op­er­at­ing out of the ma­rina for about five years, say­ing he had seen “enor­mous im­prove­ments” un­der the cur­rent own­ers.

“Prob­a­bly most of all the amount of ves­sels com­ing through the ma­rina,” he said.

“It must have tre­bled since I first ar­rived, or more.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic with the amount of busi­ness we’ve been get­ting be­cause of that.

“We’ve had to em­ploy more staff.”

He said these im­prove­ments were a boon for all busi­nesses.

“A ris­ing tide lifts all ships, and we hap­pen to be one of them,” he said.

“It’s a five-star op­er­a­tion here now.

“We’re just lucky and very pleased to be a part of it.”

Queens­land Char­ter Yachts man­ag­ing direc­tor Christophe Vanek agreed, say­ing he had seen “ma­jor im­prove­ments”.

“The ser­vice to­day is a world-class ser­vice and this is why the ma­rina is be­com­ing so suc­cess­ful,” he said.

“A full revamp of the ma­rina was done at all lev­els; build­ings, staff, pon­toons and so on.”

Mr Vanek said build­ing Abell Point Ma­rina brand was a big plus for lo­cal in­dus­try.

“We re­ally love to be as­so­ci­ated with a suc­cess­ful busi­ness like the ma­rina,” he said.

“It’s a very good part­ner­ship. Not just be­tween us and the ma­rina, but be­tween all the busi­ness and the ma­rina. We all work to­gether to­ward the same goal of achiev­ing a very good qual­ity prod­uct.”

Mr Ni­coll said the team at AB Ma­rine felt the same way, de­scrib­ing the busi­ness as “a link in the chain” and “lucky to be one of those links”.

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