Published: Monday, 11 April 2016

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) launched the new global Gold Anchor scheme in China at the Austrade networking event at the 2016 Shanghai Boat Show (Apr 7-10).

Andrew Chapman Karen Surmon Xinfa Yang

(Photo L to R: Translator, Andrew Chapman, Karen Surmon, Xinfa Yang)

A number of dignitaries attended the function including Australian Trade Commissioner Commercial Consul in Shanghai Karen Surmon, Xinfa Yang of the China Boat Industry and Trade Association Chairman and MIA Chairman Andrew Chapman.

The event provided a platform for marina industry stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the Gold Anchor scheme and how it will improve the standard and global competitiveness of Chinese marinas.

“The new global Gold Anchor scheme will provide Chinese marinas a clear direction of development in increasing the standard of infrastructure and services in sea-side leisure infrastructure,” says Chapman. “This will raise the level and professionalism of the whole industry so it can compete on an international scale. The ever expanding Chinese middle class is demanding better quality facilities and the Chinese government is placing greater importance on developing this industry for all levels of society to enjoy.”

Karen Surmon said the networking function was one of the many ways in which Austrade are working to facilitate increased cooperation and development of the marine industry between Australia and China.   

Currently there are four Gold Anchor Marinas in China. The three five Gold Anchor marinas are Wuxi Taihu Shanshui Club and Marina, Serenity Marina and Nansha Marina. Qingdao Olympic Marina has 4½ Gold Anchors.

Through the new scheme and MIA guidance, more Chinese marinas will aim for higher standards to be more competitive with marinas around the world.

The new global Gold Anchor scheme has been a collaborative endeavour between the MIA and The Yacht Harbours Association resulting from an agreement signed in November 2014.