Sur­vey sup­ports Car­ni­vale

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

be­fore even mak­ing a book­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion, which is mostly done on­line.”

The de­crease in ac­com­mo­da­tion stays is a re­sult of the end­lessly ris­ing Aussie dol­lar which is mak­ing Aus­tralia an ex­pen­sive hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

Money was def­i­nitely an is­sue for vis­i­tors as they made neg­a­tive com­ments within the sur­vey sug­gest­ing that the costs in this re­gion were too ex­pen­sive, and there was re­quests for longer trad­ing hours and cheaper ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions.

The mean hol­i­day bud­get for re­spon­dents hol­i­day­ing in Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree was $2370 for an av­er­age travel party of 1.67 adults and 0.31 chil­dren.

Car­ni­vale not only puts Port Dou­glas on the map, it also high­lights sur­rounded ar­eas with 44.6 per cent of vis­i­tors go­ing to Cape Tribulation fol­lowed by 41.8 per cent vis­it­ing Moss­man and 35 per cent go­ing to Dain­tree Vil­lage.

Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said Car­ni­vale is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the tourism in­dus­try and will run in con­junc­tion with the Cairns Chal­lenge iron­man event next year to in­crease in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est.

More than half of the vis­i­tors said their favourite Car­ni­vale events in­cluded beach ac­tiv­i­ties, food and wine, the street pa­rade, mu­sic and seafood.

The top five mo­ti­va­tions for com­ing to Port Dou­glas in­cluded rest and re­lax­ation, vis­it­ing the reef, the cli­mate, the beaches and to ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. THE Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree are team­ing up to host a tourism busi­ness fo­rum next week to in­form lo­cal busi­nesses about the re­gion’s “brand”.

TPDD ex­ec­u­tive of­fcer Doug Ryan has will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the tourism in­dus­try struc­ture, trends and sup­ply chains.

The fo­rum aims to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the role of TPDD in pro­mot­ing Port Dou­glas and the work it un­der­takes in our re­gion.

A busi­ness sur­vey con­ducted by Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce in­di­cated there was a need for busi­nesses to bet­ter un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween TPDD and the lo­cal busi­nesses.

“ I will be dis­cussing a va­ri­ety of statis­tics in re­la­tion to the Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale sur­vey in­clud­ing the num­ber of do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors to our re­gion, the length of time peo­ple visit, the type of ac­com­mo­da­tion that is favoured, mo­ti­va­tions for travel to the area, bud­gets and Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale,” Mr Ryan said.

Cham­ber of Com­merce re­tail spokesman Doug Calvert said that the fo­rum is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal busi­nesses to re­ceive in­for­ma­tion about the Port Dou­glas brand.

“Un­der­stand­ing how the sup­ply chain op­er­ates will as­sist busi­nesses to bet­ter po­si­tion their com­pany to meet cur­rent and pro­jected tourist ex­pec­ta­tions,” he said.

All busi­ness own­ers are in­vited to the fo­rum at the Port Dou­glas Com­mu­nity Hall from 5.30pm on Novem­ber 23.

Car­ni­vale crowd: more and more vis­i­tors are com­ing to the re­gion for the fes­ti­val

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