Dain­tree tourism op­er­a­tors wel­come free ferry cross­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Mar­ket­ing Co­op­er­a­tive, said the free ferry pass came at a per­fect time for peo­ple to get in­volved in the Dain­tree Gateway mas­ter-plan­ning process.

“This is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to visit this truly amaz­ing part of our re­gion, which con­tains World Her­itage-listed rain­for­est, and have some in­put into its fu­ture,” Cr Leu sai.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic re­sult,” said DMC chair Michaela Flood.

“I’m quite amazed coun­cil has opened it up to ev­ery­one, rather than just to Cairns res­i­dents.”

Vince O’Fla­herty of Croc­o­dile Ex­press said the move would al­low the 150,000 res­i­dents of the wider Cairns re­gion to come to the Dain­tree with­out wor­ry­ing about the cost of the ferry.

“I did a web sur­vey re­cently, which was capped at 100 re­sponses be­cause I was us­ing free soft­ware,” he said.

“Most of the re­sponses came from peo­ple liv­ing in the Cairns re­gion.

“The over­all im­pres­sion I got was that peo­ple love the Dain­tree, but the price of the ferry does put them off.

“If peo­ple don’t go to the rain­for­est, they can’t rec­om­mend it to their friends.

“I know some tourists get caught by sur­prise, to find they have to pay to use the ferry.

“At the mo­ment, we need ev­ery tourist we can get.

“The friends and rel­a­tives mar­ket is very im­por­tant to us, and the self-drive mar­ket is in­creas­ingly more im­por­tant than peo­ple on or­gan­ised tours.”

Dou­glas res­i­dents who have ferry con­ces­sion cards will have ac­cess to a pri­or­ity lane to avoid de­lays.

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