Soldiers Point Marina receives international award

Five-star Gold Anchor rating for rebuilt Port Stephens facility

Soldiers Point Marina in Port Stephens, NSW, said it is thrilled to announce that it has received the top Gold Anchor rating, based on the International Gold Anchor rating system launched in Australia in 2009 by the Marina Industries Association of Australia.

The award was celebrated at a special celebratory luncheon on Thursday, which was attended by Minister for the Hunter and Minister for Tourism, Jody McKay.

"We are obviously delighted and honoured with this international recognition," said marina manager, Darrell Barnett. "We work hard to ensure Soldiers Point Marina maintains its position as a world class facility," he said.

The Gold Anchor program is designed to provide boat owners and marina users with a simple way to determine which marinas best fit their needs, via a quick and easy reference system similar to the Hotel Association’s star rating scheme.

Gold Anchor marina ratings range from three to five Gold Anchors. A thorough research and development process for Gold Anchor has resulted in 95 assessment criteria being used to determine the rating. Infrastructure, facilities, planning and services are all assessed, as well as desk top and independent site assessment.

Gold Anchor marinas are also subject to mystery shopper audits during the three year rating period to protect the integrity of the rating scheme.

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