Good to see town so busy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

the Port Dou­glas mar­kets GO­ING back many months, we’ve seen busi­ness af­ter lo­cal busi­ness close their doors for the very last time.

In the last few weeks this seems to have changed, de­spite the weather not hav­ing been as good as we might wish, for our wel­come tourists.

Mid-morn­ing last Sun­day, I tried to park in the un­der­ground car park at Coles.

I was pleas­antly sur­prised to find that not only was not one car space avail­able, but ve­hi­cles with in­ter­state num­ber­plates were driv­ing around, wait­ing to fol­low shop­pers loaded with pur­chases as they walked to­wards their ve­hi­cles.

Like­wise, a tour of the car hire com­pa­nies showed their sup­plies were nowhere in ev­i­dence.

Equally en­cour­ag­ing at the Sun­day mar­kets were the dif­fer­ent for­eign ac­cents agree­ably drift­ing along on the breeze, even though there was no sign of a cruise ship off­shore.

One of the reg­u­lar stall­hold­ers who’s been liv­ing in Port for sev­eral decades said the last four weeks are among the best he’s ex­pe­ri­enced at the mar­kets.

Ad­di­tion­ally, tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties are re­port­ing near max­i­mum oc­cu­pancy rates.

Let’s hope we have a loooong tourist sea­son.


Busy, busy, busy:

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