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Marina at Keppel Bay has become the first marina in Asia to be awarded the 5 Gold Anchors rating from the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA) for excellence in services and facilities.

MIAA is the leading industry association for the marina industry across the Asia Pacific region. The MIAA launched the Gold Anchor International Rating Scheme for marinas in 2009 with ratings from 3 to 5 Gold Anchors.

The 5 Gold Anchors rating comes shortly after Marina at Keppel Bay was named Best Asian Marina at the 6th annual Asian Boating Awards in May 2010. In its debut year in 2008, Marina at Keppel Bay also won the title, “Best New Asian Marina/Yacht Club” at the Christofle Asian Boating Awards. In the same year, just three months after its opening in January, it became the only Marina in Asia to be awarded the Clean Marina certification by MIAA.

MIAA President, Mr Andrew Chapman, presented Marina at Keppel Bay with the 5 Gold Anchors award at a ceremony yesterday. He said Marina at Keppel Bay has again set the benchmark in Asia by attaining the new certification designed to keep marina businesses at the forefront of best practice, “Marina at Keppel Bay is to be congratulated for setting the highest standard for marinas. Marina at Keppel Bay is again providing marina industry leadership across the Asian region”.

Receiving the award on behalf of Marina at Keppel Bay, Mr Augustine Tan, CEO, Singapore Residential of Keppel Land, said, “We are happy to be the first in Asia to be awarded this certification. Adopting best practices through this scheme spurs us to continue to provide the best marina facilities in the region. This also reflects our ultimate aim of delivering a true waterfront lifestyle at Keppel Bay for the enjoyment of our home owners and boaters in Asia’s water playground.”

Not unlike the five-star rating system for hotels, the Gold Anchors is developed by MIAA as a reference system to help boaters and marina users to determine which marinas in the Asia Pacific region best fit their requirements and needs.

Gold Anchor marinas are independently audited with assessment across nine areas including marina design, infrastructure, access, services including customer service and feedback, environmental considerations, land facilities, food and beverage facilities and local attractions. Participating marinas are also subject to ‘mystery shopper’ checks during the three year rating period to ensure the integrity of ratings.

Marina at Keppel Bay complements the premier waterfront lifestyle offering at Keppel Bay. Owners of Keppel Bay’s luxurious homes, including the FIABCI award-winning Caribbean at Keppel Bay and iconic Reflections at Keppel Bay designed by master architect, Daniel Libeskind, enjoy complimentary membership to the Marina for ten years as well as free subscription for five years. The twinning association with sister marina, Nongsa Bay Marina & Resort in the Riau Island of Indonesia, also provides Keppel Bay home owners with an even wider spectrum of waterfront activities and privileges.

The Marina is also the choice venue for prestigious international events such as the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, Boat Asia, the largest boat show in South East Asia in April, and more recently, the venue to welcome the Jewel of Muscat, a heritage vessel which is a gift from the Sultanate of Oman to Singapore.

ABOUT MARINA AT KEPPEL BAY- Where Asia’s Best Live and Berth

Marina at Keppel Bay is the exclusive home of choice for international luxury yachts, and a water playground for the privileged and prominent.

Located on the privately-owned Keppel Island, the Marina enjoys proximity to the city centre and quick accessibility to Changi International Airport via the expressways.

Nestled amidst a necklace of entertainment hotspots such as Resorts World at Sentosa and Vivo City, Marina at Keppel Bay houses a sophisticated potpourri of signature names in the wine and dine scene – The Wine Glass, Prive, Takumi Tokyo Restaurant and The Coffee Connoisseur (TCC).

Marina at Keppel Bay is home to Keppel Bay Sailing Academy (KBSA) which aims to promote leisure and professional sailing both locally and in the region. KBSA is the first sailing academy in Singapore to provide sailing courses that are accredited by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) from the UK. The industry-leading RYA accreditation is an authoritative stamp on the international recognition of KBSA’s qualified status and credentials to conduct top-grade sailing courses.

KBSA is also the accredited training centre for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race outside of the UK. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is a biennial race that gives ordinary people the chance to race the latest ocean racing yachts around the world.

Achievements and Accolades

• Rated “5 Gold Anchors” by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA)
• Winner of “Best Asian Marina 2010” at the Asia Boating Awards
• First marina to win “Best New Asian Marina/Yacht Club 2008” at the prestigious Christofle Asia Boating Awards
• First and only marina in Asia to be awarded a Clean Marina certification in 2008 by the MIAA
• First marina in Singapore to offer a reticulated vacuum sewer pump-out system
• First marina to offer an individual pontoon berthing system for mega-yachts
• First marina in Singapore to be fully designed and built by Bellingham Marine
• First marina in Asia incorporating the latest security technologies designed by Oneberry Technologies
• First marina in Singapore to be awarded the National Safety and Security Watch (SSWG) Award 2009 by Singapore Police Force and Singapore Civil Defence Force
• First marina in Singapore to have a RYA-certified Sailing Academy – Keppel Bay Sailing Academy

For more information visit www.marinakeppelbay.com

ABOUT THE GOLD ANCHOR RATING SCHEME (Marina Industries Association Australia)

The Gold Anchor rating scheme is just like the accommodation star rating. It indicates to the consumer that participating businesses submit themselves to across-industry comparative analysis and are open and transparent. Participation helps position a marina in the market place. It gives confidence to the consumer that they are selecting a marina which will meet their expectations regarding service, facilities and price. The thorough audit process also provides valuable feedback to businesses that assists with continual business improvement.

This international scheme is administered by the Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA). The MIAA is the peak body representing the marina industries in Australia, drawing membership from marinas, yacht clubs, boat clubs, slips, boatyards, berthing, mooring and many other associated businesses. The MIAA has members from across Australia, SE Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.

Marina at Keppel Bay is the first marina of many in Asia/SE Asia to be rated under the MIAA International Gold Anchor Rating Scheme that was launched in 2009. There are currently 8 other Gold Anchor marinas across Australia with more joining the Scheme on a regular basis.



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Winner receives Trip to World’s Largest Book Fair in Frankfurt
and Jump-Start into Professional Writing Career

Singapore, June 30, 2010 – GuideGecko.com, the innovative publishing platform for travel and lifestyle guides today launches its 2010 International Guidebook Writing Contest. Three winning titles will be showcased at the prestigious Insight Guides booth on the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, and the winner will be flown to the fair to meet and mingle with publishers from all over the world.

From now to September 15, writers worldwide can submit their own guidebooks on www.GuideGecko.com/writing-contest and stand a chance to jump-start into a professional writing career.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to meet international publishers and gain exposure to 299,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists”, says Dr. Daniel Quadt, Founder and Managing Director of GuideGecko. “We are happy to partner with world-famous Insight Guides; showcasing one’s title on their booth is a big boost for any writer.”

The contest is open to casual writers, bloggers and established authors. All travel, food, lifestyle and entertainment guidebooks with a minimum of 32 pages are welcome. Submissions can be new titles as well as existing titles previously published on GuideGecko or elsewhere.

The winning titles will be selected by a jury of guidebook industry veterans. “We have assembled a jury of renowned travel writers and editors with Tom Le Bas, Nicholas Gill, Maralyn Hill and Tim Leffel. Their feedback alone makes it worth to participate”, adds Quadt (jury profiles are included in the appendix).

The jury’s decision is augmented by popular online votes, starting with immediate effect. The submitted guidebooks will be published instantly and listed on GuideGecko’s front page to receive maximum visibility. Viewers can choose to vote for and even order these guidebooks immediately. Participation in the contest is free and the authors receive full royalties and retain their copyrights.

The Frankfurt book fair takes place from October 6-10, 2010. The winner will fly with Lufthansa German Airlines and stay at contest sponsor Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt while in Frankfurt.

Closing date for submission is September 15, and prize winners will be announced on October 1st. For more information, to enter the contest and to place votes, please visit www.guidegecko.com/writing-contest.


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