No lull, vis­i­tors keep­ing us busy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

HOL IDAYMAKERS a r e flock­ing to the Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree re­gion for Easter and the school hol­i­days with some oper­a­tors ex­pe­ri­enc­ing no lull be­tween Chi­nese New Year and Easter.

Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree (TPDD) ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tara Ben­nett said vis­i­tor num­bers to the Dou­glas re­gion had cracked 2.3 mil­lion room nights in 2015, a 26 per cent in­crease on the pre­vi­ous year.

“We en­joyed a great 2015 and this good news looks set to con­tinue in 2016 as the first quar­ter has pro­vided con­sis­tently higher visi­ta­tion and for­ward book­ings for win­ter are strong.

“This cou­pled with in­vest­ment in tourism in­fra­struc­ture such as the re­fur­bish­ment of the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree EcoLodge, con­struc­tion of the Hem­ing­way’s Brew­ery and new prod­ucts com­ing on line at Wildlife Habi­tat should see the re­gion break records for 2016.”

Quick­sil­ver group di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing Michael Healey said for­ward book­ings across Quick­sil­ver’s Great Bar­rier Reef prod­ucts were very strong and up on last year. “We are see­ing an in­crease in do­mes­tic vis­i­tors as well as those from the United King­dom and Europe where we are get­ting very good Ger­man num­bers, and even the Ja­panese mar­ket has been ter­rific,” he said.

“Quick­sil­ver’s load­ings have been con­sis­tent this quar- ter and we have not ex­pe­ri­enced the shoul­der pe­riod which is tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with the com­ple­tion of Chi­nese New Year.”

QT Re­sort Port Dou­glas PR and events co-or­di­na­tor Sharon Timms said the re­sort was burst­ing at the seams un­til the end of the school hol­i­days.

“Like many of the lo­cal oper­a­tors we are find­ing the lull is so much shorter be­tween Chi­nese New Year and the Easter pe­riod,” she said.

“QT has a strong Easter fo­cus on fam­i­lies with an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sun­day and we are bring­ing back the pop­u­lar QT Kids Club hosted by chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer Kel Whacky Won­ders for guests and lo­cals.”

Brett’s Half Day Ku­randa tour owner An­drea Gib­son said for­ward book­ings were strong ahead of peo­ple ar­riv­ing in Port Dou­glas.

“We are one of the small tour com­pa­nies so that is a good sign of how busy the hol­i­days will be,” she said.

Tara Ben­nett of TPDD

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