Busi­ness boom­ing in Dain­tree over hol­i­day break

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

ONE of the Dain­tree’s renowned tourism op­er­a­tors, Croc­o­dile Ex­press Dain­tree Cruises, has been boom­ing with busi­ness over the Easter hol­i­days thanks to the free ferry.

Owner Dean Clapp de­scribed these hol­i­days to be “the best Easter he has ever had” with his boats op­er­at­ing con­tin­u­ously on the river.

“The num­bers of peo­ple in the Dain­tree was fan­tas­tic, we had an ex­cel­lent Easter,” he said.

“Our river cruises and re­tail store were very pop­u­lar over the hol­i­day pe­riod and we have been flat out.

“The cruises have been op­er­at­ing a lot more and we have had an in­crease in sales and vis­i­tors to the busi­ness.

“The busi­nesses are here in the Dain­tree - we just needed the peo­ple.”

Not only has the busy pe­riod boosted the lo­cal econ­omy, it has also lifted the spir­its of tourism op­er­a­tors work­ing in the Dain­tree and in Cape Tribu­la­tion af­ter the last two years of eco­nomic hard­ship.

“It is a real boost for us to know our busi­ness can go back to the way it was op­er­at­ing five years ago be­fore the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis,” Mr Clapp said.

“Peo­ple from across the river have also con­tacted me and said that they have had an ex­cel­lent Easter pe­riod and have re­ceived great re­sponse from the free ferry rides.

“We would like to thank the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil for sup­port­ing the free ferry as it has been great for busi­ness and tourism in the Dain­tree and in Cape Tribu­la­tion.”

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