Port scores top ad­vice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - JESSIE TOL­SON

THE beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, fan­tas­tic restau­rants and per­fect weather in Port Dou­glas has at­tracted the na­tional spot­light and the crowds over the past week.

Port Dou­glas reached num­ber three as a top hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion in Australia on tri­pad­vi­sor. com, be­hind only Syd­ney and Melbourne.

Wo­tif.com also re­ported a 30 per cent surge in book­ings to the re­gion com­pared to the same pe­riod last year for the long week­end.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said the Trip Ad­vi­sor re­sult was great news.

“For the peo­ple who think we’re not on the map, well, here we are,” he said.

“The accommodation opera- tors are re­port­ing this is the best year we have had in about three years.

“Whole­salers in the in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic mar­kets are telling us that Port Dou­glas seems to be the flavour of the month.

“Things are im­prov­ing and we are con­tin­u­ing our mar­ket­ing down south and ex­po­sure from the TV pro­grams Neigh­bours and My Kitchen Rules has def­i­nitely helped out.”

Melbourne’s Sara Iedema and her young fam­ily are vis­it­ing Port Dou­glas for the third time and it won’t be the last.

“We are vis­it­ing friends who re­cently moved to Port Dou­glas,” she said.

“We love the warm weather and friendly peo­ple.

“We love com­ing here as it gets us out of the cold Melbourne weather and into the laid­back life­style.”

Lov­ing it:

Sara Iedema with Kee­ley, Cas­sidy, Alex, Emma and Levi

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