WHAT DO YOU BE­LIEVE ARE THE KEY IS­SUES FAC­ING TOURISM FOR THE DOU­GLAS SHIRE?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Com­pe­ti­tion from else­where, in­clud­ing do­mes­tic and Asian beach re­sorts with grow­ing mar­ket­ing bud­gets. Tourism is vul­ner­a­ble to ex­ter­nal fac­tors such as global econ­omy, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­clud­ing cy­clones and global se­cu­rity. On­go­ing pri­vate in­vest­ment in tourism in­fra­struc­ture. Per­cep­tions of en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Apart the con­tin­ual fight I know you guys bat­tle with ev­ery day of such a vast pro­mo­tional job us­ing such a pro­hib­i­tive avail­able bud­get, I be­lieve the con­tin­ued care­fully planned growth of the fa­cil­i­ties in our re­gion is a key is­sue. En­ter­prises such as the Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens (MBG) and the re­birth of the Reef Ma­rina should be sup­ported and en­hanced to demon­strate the qual­ity and in­no­va­tive growth of the area. The wa­ter­front de­vel­op­ment will re­ju­ve­nate Port Dou­glas just as the Moss­man Gorge and MBG will for Moss­man. The coun­cil must de­velop a sup­port­ing role with you and the de­vel­op­ers to max­imise the re­sults from our ef­forts.

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