Easter sets record for Port Douglas
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.”
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