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MARINA & YARD PAVILION 151617 NOVEMBER 2016 RAI AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS THE CENTRAL PLATFORM FOR THE GLOBAL MARINA & YARD INDUSTRY MEET THE WORLD IN AMSTERDAM The Marina & Yard Pavilion welcomes marina owners, operators, developers and suppliers from around the world. ICOMIA World Marinas Conference – 17-19 November The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2016 will run partly in parallel with METSTRADE and the Marina & Yard Pavilion 2016. 16 Taking place as part of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to meet your peers, see lots of innovations and be inspired by the latest industry news. The Marina & Yard Pavilion is an event of METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the marine equipment industry and organiser of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference. ORGANISED BY POWERED BY MEMBER OF OFFICIAL MAGAZINE SYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE MYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE

TALKING SHOP Enjoying Harbour Bridge views and just minutes from the Sydney city centre, Rushcutters Bay has 107 berths and is described as the jewel in the d’Albora crown. Brett Bolton Adding value and adapting to trends Brett Bolton, CEO of d’Albora Marinas, heads up the largest marina group in Australia. Speaking to Robert Wilkes from his office at d’Albora headquarters in Sydney, Bolton discusses innovation, strategy, customer service and branding. Brett Bolton has held a number of high profile management roles in some of the largest recreation and marina companies in Australia and New Zealand. He started in the marine sector 15 years ago in reef tourism as operations manager with Sun Lover Cruises in Cairns. Sun Lover takes as many as 600 tourists at a time on large, high-speed catamarans to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling adventures. In 2003 Bolton was named manager of the marina serving tourism in Cairns. The facility had just completed a major redevelopment. “It was like a startup,” said Bolton. “We had to hire and train the staff and plan operations and maintenance for a new, larger facility. Daily traffic included 50 tour boats and 3,000 tourist passengers. We attracted many superyachts in the 50m (164ft) to 75m (246ft) range, some up to 120m (394ft).” Bolton moved in 2007 to a new post at publicly-listed Ariadne Australia, Just one hour north of central Sydney, d’Albora’s Akuna Bay marina is located in the picturesque Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. headquartered in Brisbane. Ariadne owned four marinas in Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand, including Orams Marine Village in Auckland. Bolton was responsible for master planning, redevelopment and operation of the marinas and for acquisition programmes that tendered offers on new properties. In 2011 Bolton was engaged by McGrathNicol to take Horizon Shores in Queensland, one of the largest marinas in Australia, out of receivership. “The marina has 500 wet, 350 dry slips, 200-trailer storage and a haul out facility,” said Bolton. “It was a business with many moving parts and new challenges on a daily basis.” In July, 2014, he began his current role as CEO of d’Albora Marinas. D’Albora operates seven sites in and around Sydney and Melbourne. The company founder, Jeff d’Albora, sold the property in 2000 to what was then Macquarie Leisure and is now Ardent Leisure Ltd, a billion dollar multifaceted recreation company listed on the Australia Stock Exchange. In addition to marinas, the company operates theme parks, health clubs and bowling facilities. - March/April 2016 21

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