Port’s ship com­ing in

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Kee­ley Adams

MACROSSAN Street’s high sea­son buzz went up a notch last Tues­day thanks to 2000 pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing on the Pa­cific Dawn cruise ship, but the sweet sound of ring­ing cash reg­is­ters was only a hint of what’s to come in the mid­dle of this month.

Be­gin­ning on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 12, and then Wed­nes­day and Fri­day of that week, three more liners are due to visit the town.

With Tues­day last week as an in­di­ca­tion, ac­tion should be pretty fran­tic.

Re­tail­ers and traders from all around Port Dou­glas said it was hard not to no­tice the cus­tomer boom last week. Cafe´ s were filled with tourists and op­er­a­tors such as Grub’s Trike Tours were flat-out.

For lo­cal busi­nesses such as While­away book­shop and cafe´ , Mocka’s Pies and Fresq cafe´ , the day was a huge suc­cess and all agree the cruise ship reeled in the cus­tomers.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously it’s ex­tremely good for our tourism,’’ said Doug Ryan of Tourism Port Dou­glas Daintree.

‘‘Last year, 19 cruises di­rectly drove in $4.8 mil­lion. This fi­nan­cial year there will have been 34 cruise ships and an es­ti­mated $6 mil­lion to the econ­omy.’’

Com­ing on top of an al­ready solid year and now en­ter­ing the school hol­i­days, the fu­ture in tourism is look­ing up.

Grub from Grub’s Trike Tours said Wed­nes­day had been the best start of the sea­son he’s had for five-and-a-half years. ‘‘We never stopped!’’ he said. ‘‘The peo­ple love it. They all say how beau­ti­ful it is here and that they didn’t re­alise how big the town was.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely a great time for all busi­nesses when the cruise ships are in.’’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.