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WORLD NEWS The operators of Ayla Marina in Aqaba aim to make it a world class destination. Taking Ayla to a global market JORDAN: ART Marine Marinas has been appointed as supervisor for the management of Ayla Marina in Aqaba. The agreement was signed with Ayla Oasis Development Company (AODC). The Ayla project is a 430 hectare tourism development strategically located on the pristine Red Sea shores close to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It comprises recreational and residential communities around a series of manmade lagoons. Overlooked by the marina village, hotels and various residential and commercial developments, the Marina Lagoon acts as the site’s gateway to the sea. The lagoon will have 294 berths in its final phase and will accommodate vessels up to 40m in a mix of permanent berths for residents and temporary berths for visitors. AODC believes ART Marine can further enhance and develop the marina and put Ayla’s project marina on the region’s marine recreational map. One of the targets is to make this project a world-class destination for boat owners and tourists from all over the world. Bruno Meier, COO of ART Marine and head of its marina division, said: “The Ayla project is a fabulous holiday resort and without any doubt it will become one of the most sought after tourism destinations in the region. We are thrilled to have been selected for the management of this beautiful and unique marina. Besides implementing our high standards of operation, we will also create a lifestyle that will reflect the values of the Jordanian culture and hospitality.” Freepoint boosted by new management USA: Dallas-based Marinas International has been awarded a new management contract for Freeport Marina (formerly Freeport Municipal Marina) on the Texas Gulf coast. “Freeport is a vibrant community and we are excited to be a part of it,” commented Marinas International senior vice president, Jeff Rose. “We will work closely with the management team offering creative solutions that will lead to action and results. Our aim is to become a long-term fixture in the Freeport community by providing a worldclass fishing destination.” The facility comprises protected floating piers, drystack storage and varied landside boater facilities. CHINA: Sanya Serenity Marina, built by Livart Marine of China in 2012, was awarded the Best Yacht Dock in China for 2014 in the Asia Boating Awards. The marina was selected as a stop-over for the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race. Since completing Sanya Serenity, Livart has worked on a range of projects in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Australia, Korea and more. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2015 11

WORLD NEWS Marina of the Year Awards UK: Over 3,000 customers of Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) Gold Anchor accredited marinas placed their votes for the 2015 Marina of the Year Awards. The results were announced in January at a special reception held at the CWM FX London Boat Show. An impressive 84 marinas were nominated. For 2015, TYHA made significant changes to the way the competition is run to make it easier for boat owners and berth holders to vote. As part of the voting process, marina customers were asked to comment on why they felt the marina they were voting on was the best. ‘Excellent customer service’ topped the polling. The winners and runners up were: UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2015 (over 250 berths): Mayflower Marina - Winner Royal Quays Marina - Runner up UK Coastal Marina of the Year 2015 (under 250 berths): Newcastle City Marina - Winner Southampton Town Quay Marina - Runner up UK Inland Marina of the Year 2015: Overwater Marina - Winner Caen Hill Marina - Runner up International Marina of the Year 2015: Marina de Vilamoura - Winner Marina de Albufeira - Runner up Superyacht Marina of the Year 2015: Porto Montenegro - Winner IGY Rodney Bay Marina - Runner up TYHA general manager, Jon White, congratulated all the winning companies and runners up. “The Above: TYHA team members and award winners at the London Boat Show. Right: Vilamoura Marina in Portugal won Best International Marina. increased number of marinas nominated makes all the finalists’ achievements even more impressive, they clearly know how to look after their customers,” he said. “Our feedback is that the awards have encouraged Gold Anchor accredited marina operators and their staff to go that extra mile and build even closer relationships with their berth holders supporting our objective of raising customer service standards.” Winners and runners up received laser-etched glass trophies and framed certificates to proudly promote their achievement at their home marinas. From the winners I am really thrilled to accept this prestigious ‘‘ award on behalf of everyone at Mayflower Marina. It is a particularly special achievement because the outcome is determined by customer nomination and in our business there can be no greater accolade, Charles Bush, Mayflower ’’ Marina. We are extremely proud and absolutely ‘‘ delighted to be named Marina of the Year 2015... this award is the result of many of our customers taking the trouble to vote for us so a big ‘thank you’ to them all, Adrian Waddell, Newcastle ’’ City Marina. To be named the best inland marina in ‘‘ the country is absolutely wonderful and a testament to all the hard work and effort the family and our fantastic team of marina staff have put in...we would especially like to thank everyone who voted for us, Janet Maughan, Overwater ’’ Marina. Best International Marina 2015 is recognition ‘‘ of all the work and effort of a team that remains committed to the services it offers and who takes pride in their marina, Isolete Correia, ’’ Vilamoura Marina. The award is a fantastic start to a ‘‘ new year, which holds a lot of new and exciting things for the marina and Montenegro...this award is a reflection of the years of hard work and dedication that the team has put in since the marina opened in 2009. ’’ Tony Browne, Porto Montenegro. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2015 13

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