Port ‘o’ Call cleans up with judges

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PORT ’o’ Call Lodge in Port Dou­glas has picked up an­other pres­ti­gious tourism award.

The lo­cal eco-friendly hos­tel was judged the most eco-friendly ac­com­mo­da­tion in Ocea­nia by users of the pop­u­lar book­ing web­site hostel­book­ers.com.

The award is voted by trav­ellers who used the site to book their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Ryan Moore, who owns and man­ages the lodge with his wife Janine, said it was a pleas­ant sur­prise to win the award.

“It’s al­ways good to know we’re hit­ting the right note with cus­tomers,” he said.

“We’ve got a good crew, and ev­ery­one who stays here seems to ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Trav­ellers who re­viewed the lodge on the web­site have con­sis­tently praised the staff for their friend­li­ness and help­ful­ness, along with the fa­cil­i­ties at the lodge.

Mr Moore said there was a lot more competition among eco-friendly back­pack­ers in re­cent years.

“There’s cer­tainly a lot more around than there were five years ago,” he said.

Port ’o’ Call makes ex­ten­sive use of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy, in­clud­ing wind tur­bines, so­lar hot wa­ter and en­ergy-efficient light­ing, and runs a com­pre­hen­sive re­cy­cling sys­tem.

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