Dream sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PORT Dou­glas and the Daintree re­gion is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its best sea­son for many years and it’s not only the great num­ber of tourists that are vis­it­ing our great desti­na­tion. The weather has been per­fect, the vis­i­bil­ity at the reef in­cred­i­ble, ( the whales even stayed longer) and new prod­uct is pop­ping up ev­ery­where. Three new reef boats are ru­moured to be com­ing to town with Bub­bles, the new Ca­lypso boat, be­ing first here, fol­lowed by the new Reef Sprinter boat. New restau­rants are open­ing such as a sushi train style Ja­panese, a pro­posed oys­ter bar, at the newly lo­cated 2 Fish restau­rant along with, fish and chips and pizza take­aways.

Lat­est sta­tis­tics from TRA show Port Dou­glas re­gion is per­form­ing bet­ter than Cairns, Trop­i­cal North Queens­land and Queens­land as a whole.

For the year to June 30 2013 Port Dou­glas showed growth in nearly all tra­di­tional mar­kets. Specif­i­cally in the do­mes­tic mar­ket with a 23.8 per cent in­crease of visi­tors gen­er­at­ing 1.752 mil­lion room nights and our in­ter­na­tional mar­kets with a 7.7 per cent in­crease pro­duc­ing 590,000 room nights, a 49 per cent in­crease on last year. For the first time our vis­i­tor nights for the year have ex­ceeded 2 mil­lion.

This trend should cer­tainly drive into next year if the past three months are an in­di­ca­tion.

Events are part of the Port Dou­glas life­style, so if fit­ness is your thing, then the Cane­grow­ers Great Bar­rier Reef Marathon is in early Novem­ber, but if you’re like me, then Sun­set in the Park, lis­ten­ing to live bands, sip­ping on a cold drink, while watch­ing the sun­set over the Daintree, might fit the bill.

Our Sun­day mar­kets con­tinue to be pop­u­lar, but the new kid on the block, Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and evening mar­kets at the ma­rina are prov­ing a big hit. In­ter­est in the top end of the mar­ket con­tin­ues to grow with new ac­com­mo­da­tion and tour op­tions of­fer­ing the best the re­gion has to of­fer at fives­tar lev­els. I at­tended the Cruise Down Un­der con­fer­ence in Cairns last week, a mar­ket that last year had a di­rect eco­nomic im­pact to Port Dou­glas of $4.8 mil­lion. This puts us in the top 10 cruise des­ti­na­tions in Aus­tralia. With a pro­jected 34 cruise liners vis­it­ing Port Dou­glas this fi­nan­cial year, the cruise mar­ket is the fastest grow­ing mar­ket into Port. The Drive North Qld strat­egy is mov­ing ahead with the con­sol­i­da­tion of drive web­sites into one. ATDW is the link into the jour­neys and our own Great Bar­rier Reef Drive is fea­tured on Queens­land Hol­i­days. A photo of which is the hero shot for Drive North. The AGM is com­ing up quickly, so I look for­ward to catch­ing up with many of you at the Pull­man Sea Tem­ple, on Oc­to­ber 17.

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