Port greet­ings from cruise vol­un­teers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

BAR­BARA English is on a mis­sion - to show off the won­ders of Port Dou­glas - and she is call­ing on fel­low vol­un­teers to help her.

Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree and the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce are launch­ing an ini­tia­tive called The Vol­un­teer Cruise Ship Greet­ing pro­gram.

Mrs English, 76, has an­swered the call to arms and is now an am­bas­sador for Port Dou­glas to meet and greet the many tourists who sail into town on the many vis­it­ing cruise ships.

The aim is to put a friendly face to the desti­na­tion and pro­vide ac­cu­rate desti­na­tion in­for­ma­tion for pas­sen­gers aboard the 29 cruise ships ex­pected to call into Port next year.

“Apart from pro­vid­ing peo­ple with the right in­for- ma­tion when they come to town, it’s also a very nice thing to do - to make peo­ple feel wel­come,” Mrs English said.

“I’ve re­cently re­turned from back-to-back cruises and I know how much I ap­pre­ci­ated it when we had “the per­sonal touch” and we were told what to ex­pect and where to go when we vis­ited each new city on our trip.”

Un­der the pro­gram, vol­un­teers would be ex­pected to greet cruise ship pas­sen­gers as they ar­rive at the Meri­dien Ma­rina in Port Dou­glas.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree’s Tara Ben­nett said vol­un­teers would be re­quired to as­sist for three hours on a cruise ship day by giv­ing out in­for­ma­tion, maps and vis­i­tor guides.

“We are look­ing for pas­sion­ate lo­cals to share their love for our beau­ti­ful re­gion and be­come a part of cruise ship pas­sen­gers’ Port Dou­glas ex­pe­ri­ence by wel­com­ing them with a smile and to share their in­sider’s knowl­edge into what they can do in their short time in Port Dou­glas,” she said.

To reg­is­ter as a vol­un­teer, please call Tara Ben­nett at Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree on 4099 4588.

Cheers: Amer­i­can tourists Kim Burn­stein and Dennis Meadows with Shan­non­vale Win­ery’s Trudie and Dennis Woodall

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Cruise in style: Natalie John­son, Bar­bara English and Tara Ben­nett

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