Port’s ship coming in
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.’’