Retailers to take action
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).