Re­tail­ers to take ac­tion

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE re­tail in­dus­try has come to­gether to ex­press their con­cerns and take ac­tion in re­vi­tal­is­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.

A meet­ing was called by the Port Dou­glas Cham­ber of Com­merce last Fri­day for all re­tail­ers to unite in sup­port of the de­vel­op­ment of the funded eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment model and or­gan­iser Martin Tran­ter said be­tween 60 and 70 di­verse re­tail­ers at­tended.

“It’s very promis­ing and ev­ery­one was en­thu­si­as­tic to keep things mov­ing with an in­ten­tion to meet with all the re­tail­ers again in a month’s time with fur­ther up­dates and in­for­ma­tion on mar­ket­ing op­tions,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one recog­nised act­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively and put­ting mar­ket­ing strate­gies in place are a way to ac­tu­ally bol­ster and grow the tourism pie to­gether.”

Mr Tran­ter said the meet­ing dis­cussed how pro­posed de­vel­op­ments such as the Water­front and the Sher­a­ton would af­fect the re­tail in­dus­try and how as they are all part of the tourism in­dus­try, in­creas­ing tourism would im­prove busi­ness.

One sug­ges­tion of work­ing col­labo- ra­tively to in­crease tourism and trade raised at the meet­ing was to work with other sec­tors and form restau­rant, re­tail and tour pack­ages and pro­mo­tions dur­ing dif­fer­ent times of the year and sig­nif­i­cant events.

“Con­tribut­ing to a mar­ket­ing fund and re­tail pro­mo­tions in Cairns and the Table­lands is one way to mar­ket to the day trip mar­kets,” Mr Tran­ter said.

“With 80,000 peo­ple south of us and 40,000 to the west, why can’t we run re­tail pack­ages aimed at them?

“Port Dou­glas is the most at­trac­tive lo­ca­tion un­der the sun and mar­ket­ing for events like hen’s nights and Valen­tine des­ti­na­tions his­tor­i­cally hasn’t been done in the past.

“With 60 busi­nesses do­ing mar­ket­ing pro­mo­tion, sud­denly we’ve got a col­lec­tive ef­fort in­stead of one or two try­ing des­per­ately to ap­peal to the Cairns mar­ket.”

Six peo­ple have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent the re­tail sec­tor and de­velop the col­lab­o­ra­tion fur­ther - Peter Watts (Josephines), Ja­son Smith (Coles), Jaymie Brown (Top Dog Cloth­ing, Moss­man), Julie Bell (Tsh­inta) and Joya Heckman (Port Dou­glas Newsagency).

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