OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
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Sunday May 10th 2015
Fiji’s growth as a yacht cruising destination has received a boost after Port Denarau Marina won the category of “International Marina of the Year” at the MIA Awards Dinner on the Gold Coast last Tuesday evening.
The awards were part of the Marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition which was held on the Gold Coast from the 3rd to the 5th of May 2015.
The MIA (Marina Industries Association) is the peak industry body for the marina industries in Australia, Asia and the Pacific regions and is dedicated to the needs of marina owners and operators of berthing, mooring, storage and slipway/workshop facilities connected to sailing, cruising and general boating.
The competition for the MIA Awards was the strongest ever and a record number of entries had been received internationally. Port Denarau Marina headed out the other finalists in this category of Port Montenegro in Europe, Albany Marina in the Bahamas and Westhaven Marina in Auckland, NZ.
Port Denarau Marina’s Managing Director, Mr Nigel Skeggs says, “This is an incredible achievement both for our team and Fiji as a destination. We have strived to develop a product that contributes to the variety of offerings in Fiji’s tourism market while driving the financial and social contribution to the outer islands of Fiji by attracting these tourists to our shores. In developing a marina we have been very isolated and to receive this recognition from our peers is incredibly satisfying and a recognition that not only are we doing it right but we are a leading marina globally. It does not get any better than this and I am very proud of our success.
I would like to thank our board for their support and vision and for our great team for bringing it to fruition. This is an award that all of Fiji can be proud of and firmly cements our nation as a yachting tourism destination.”
“As I have told my team, we are allowing ourselves some time to enjoy and celebrate our success but more than ever we must continue developing and ensuring that we offer the level of service expected from an international award winning marina. The pressure is on but we like, and will embrace this, as we look to the future.”
According to the Annual Fijian International Yachting Visitors Survey, which is conducted each year by Port Denarau Marina as an aid to market Fiji as a destination for this valuable segment of the tourism sector, there has been a sharp increase in numbers, with the total value of yachting tourism to the Fijian economy for 2014 sitting at over $39.5m.
Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, the Honourable Faiyaz Koya said the recognition fitted in with the government vision of developing a tourism sector based on quality of service
“Fiji is just not another tourism destination, but a destination that provides that additional personal touch, a destination where people really care and a destination that leaves a lasting impression on its visitors,” Mr Koya said.
He said the yachting industry’s contribution to the tourism sector was growing every year and the Government was working with the industry to provide the necessary support to ensure that this growth was maintained.
“Fiji is the hub of the Pacific and the ideal destination or stopover for yachts, including superyachts, hence it is important that necessary infrastructure is in place to maximise the returns from this industry.”
As the premier marina facility in Fiji, Port Denarau continues to raise its standards internationally, as well as add to its list new and exciting products.
The latest addition to Port Denarau Marina is going to be a new Denarau Yacht Club, restaurant and bar, the only private function facility that is not connected to a resort.
This product is set to be launched next week and will be open to the public on Monday the 18th of May. The Rhum-Ba will set a new standard for the dining experience in Fiji.
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About Port Denarau Marina:
Only 20 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport, Port Denarau Marina is Fiji’s premier marina facility. As the hub of the integrated Denarau Island Resort, Port Denarau Marina is the gateway to exploring our idyllic sun drenched tropical isles of Fiji’s West Coast.
Provisioning is easy – with a supermarket, pharmacy and bakery at the end of the dock and Nadi and Namaka only a short bus or taxi ride away.
Port Denarau Marina is walking distance to several international hotels, offering a vast array of recreational pursuits including an international 18 hole golf course – not to mention, being part of the largest retail/restaurant complex in the Nadi area.
Port Denarau is ideally positioned to provide a stopover for rest, recreation and provisioning during your cruising of the Fijian Islands.
The fast developing marina complex is the centre of yachting activity in Fiji, located on Denarau Island, it is accessed through a well marked channel that is 5 metres deep at zero tide.
The marina is well protected from all weather.
The basin contains 63 commercial and 52 fully serviced private berths and 14 swing moorings including 14 berths capable of taking Superyachts up to 85 metres in length with 5 metres draft.
Fuel, water, single and three phase power and wifi are all available at the dock.
The complex contains a 50 tonne travel lift, a hard stand area and marine workshops.
Port Denarau Marina is by far Fiji’s newest haul out facility and provides the latest up to date equipment. See our Facilities & Services for more detailed information about what we provide.
We are part of Skeggs Group Ltd, a private company based in New Zealand.
About Marina Industries Association:
The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is the peak industry body for the marina industries in Australia, Asia and the Pacific regions.
Who we represent: MIA is dedicated to the needs of marina owners and operators of berthing, mooring, storage and slipway/workshop facilities connected to sailing, cruising and general boating. MIA also services the needs of vendor businesses that supply goods and services to marinas. MIA has members in many countries and has a growing influence in the marina industries across the wider Asian region.
Marina benefits: Marinas provide many benefits for boaters and their local communities. Marinas provide a safe environment for the mooring and storage of boats and are a centre for the provision of boating facilities and services. For example Australia’s 347 marinas provide employment for 19,000 people and create AU$4.1B p.a in gross turnover. The majority of marinas provide recreational and social opportunities for local communities. 53% of marinas invested in new or improved environmental protection facilities and or technologies in 2012/13
What we do: MIA’s mission is to support the sustainable development of the marina industries through education, accreditation and research programs.
Award Press Release from MIA:
Marina Award Winners Announced
5th May 15
Winners of the Club Marine MIA Marina of the Year Awards have been announced. Awards are for the 2015/16 period and based on performance over the previous financial year period. Winners and finalists were presented with trophies and certificates at the marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition held on the Gold Coast 3-5 May. Marina Industries Association President Andrew Chapman said the competition for the Awards was the strongest ever and record number of entries had been received from Australia and other countries. “It is a sign of the growing strength of the marina industries that we are celebrating the excellent achievements of the winners and finalists at marine15.”
Club Marine CEO Simon McLean said the Awards play an important role in fostering business improvement across the marina industry. “Congratulations to the winners, finalists and all the entrants in the Awards. The Awards process requires time to reflect on one’s business performance and this in itself is a very healthy process”.
The winner and finalists in the Award categories are:
- Commercial Marina – Up to 140 Boats. Winner – Rivergate Marina and Shipyard QLD.
- Commercial Marina – 140 Boats and Over. Winner – Soldiers Point Marina NSW. Finalists -Marmong Point Marina NSW and d’Alboras Nelson Bay NSW.
- Club Marina. Winner – Royal Perth Yacht Club WA. Finalists – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club NSW and Southport Yacht Club QLD.
- International Marina. Winner – Port Denarau Marina Fiji. Finalists – Albany Marina Bahamas, Marina Porto Montenegro and Westhaven Marina NZ.
- Best Public Boat Harbour. Winner – Gladstone Marina QLD. Finalist – Hillarys Boat Harbour WA.
- Marina Hall of Fame – Commercial Marina – Under 140 Boats – Soldiers Point Marina NSW.
- Best Marina Restaurant. Winner Ormeggio – d’Albora Marinas The Spit NSW. Finalists – Waterline Restaurant – Keppel Bay Marina QLD; Waterfront Restaurant – Southport Yacht Club QLD and The Point – Soldiers Point Marina NSW.
- Most Innovative Marketing by a Marina. Winner – Soldiers Point Marina NSW. Finalist – Westhaven Marina NZ.
- Best Community Engagement Initiative by a Marina. Winner – Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club NSW. Finalist – Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club WA.
- Best Marina Innovation by a Supplier. Winner – Superior Jetties ‘Waterscape’® . Finalists – Bellingham Marine Australia and Dockpro QLD.
- Best Boat Yard – Up To 20 Boats. Winner – Fenwicks Marina NSW. Finalist – Q Service, The Quays Marina NSW.
- Best Boat Yard – 20 Plus Boats. Winner – Gold Coast City Marina QLD. Finalist – Rivergate Marina and Shipyard QLD.
- Best Dry Stack Facility. Winner- Gold Coast City Marina QLD. Finalist – Sydney Boat House NSW.
- Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Industry: Dr Ed Mahoney, Recreation Marine Research Centre Michigan State University USA. William (Bill) Kirby was also acknowledged for his contribution to the QLD marina industry.
- People’s Choice Best Marina Employee. Winner – Jim Duncan, Soldiers Point Marina NSW. Finalists – Matilda Moon, Blue HQ, WA and Mark Riddell, Southport Yacht Club, QLD.