Easter sets record for Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE Easter long week­end was a boom for busi­nesses in the shire, de­spite Easter ar­riv­ing ear­lier in the year, a fac­tor that tra­di­tion­ally leads to much lower fig­ures.

In fact Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tara Ben­nett said tourism oper­a­tors re­ported a record­break­ing Easter.

“Easter week­end was a boom – it’s bro­ken a lot of records for one of the ear­lier Easters,” she said.

“Tra­di­tion­ally we don’t get the in­flux that we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced over the past week with the ear­lier Easters.

“A lot of oper­a­tors are re­port­ing a mas­sive in­flux of visi­tors.

“The great news is that visi­tors are get­ting out and en­joy­ing the area, do­ing tours and din­ing out.”

QT Port Dou­glas agreed, say­ing they saw a rise in their oc­cu­pancy lev­els this year de­spite Easter ar­riv­ing al­most 10 days ear­lier.

“Oc­cu­pancy lev­els were up 10 per cent on last year. The Easter egg hunt on Sun­day had around 60 kids and our new Kids Club start up over the four days at­tracted great in­ter­est from not only our in-house guests but lo­cals too,” said QT sales ex­ec­u­tive Peta Hill.

Luke Head­land, man­ager of the Lit­tle Larder, said the suc­cess­ful Easter trade was con­sis­tent with the rise he’s seen over the past four years.

“This is my fourth year and it just seems ev­ery year it’s tak­ing a step up,” Mr Head­land said.

“The num­bers have def­i­nitely picked up. Good Fri­day was the big start as usual, but then you know the Sun­day and Mon­day are go­ing to be the big­gest.

“I had a look at the num­bers for last year, and we did 130 break­fasts on the Good Fri­day – this year we did 200. On Easter Sun­day this year we did over 200.

“We’ve just opened a new shop, the Lan­tern­fish, and it’s been very busy. The af­ter- noons have been more than ex­pected there and they went through more than 100kg of fish in one day.”

Mr Head­land said this year had been un­usu­ally up-tempo even dur­ing the nor­mally slow pe­riod from Fe­bru­ary to Easter.

“I don’t think the Wet Sea­son was quite as we ex­pected. We were kind of ticked through the Wet Sea­son.”

He be­lieves it’s go­ing to be a good year for the town’s tourism. “I just think there’s a lot go­ing on – the new brew­ery, new bars and restau­rants, and as well the low Aussie dol­lar. It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a good one.”

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

Jada, Chantelle, Scott and Camea Tem­pany es­caped the weather in Mel­bourne to en­joy the warmth of Four Mile Beach

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