The hol­i­day rush is on

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

THE fam­ily hol­i­day seg­ment is kick­ing in for Dou­glas and Dain­tree as vis­i­tor num­bers to the town swell for the school hol­i­days.

A pub­lic­ity blitz last week by Tourism Port Dou­glas and Dain­tree to al­lay fears in south­ern mar­kets about pos­si­ble cy­clone dam­age ap­pears to be pay­ing off.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion man­agers were busy last week field­ing in­quiries from po­ten­tial vis­i­tors, some of whom were seek­ing an al­ter­na­tive to hol­i­days in the Whit­sun­days fol­low­ing the rav­ages of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Like TPDD, they took to so­cial me­dia to put out a pos­i­tive mes­sage of the April peak ses­sion.

Owner/man­ager of Pavil­ions apart­ments on Macrossan Street, Grant Pheas­ant, said he had been ac­tive on so­cial me­dia putting out the mes­sage last week that the re­gion was open for busi­ness and the cy­clone had not shut any­thing down. He hadn’t no­ticed any pickup in book­ings due to the Whit­sun­days’ mis­for­tune — with which he sym­pa­thised — “but we hope to”.

“We’re booked solid for Easter, but much of that was one big book­ing on its own,” he added. “The rest of April is good, but only as good as April last year.

“The high sea­son was ex­tremely strong for us but Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March were aw­ful.”

Liz Schibig at Par­adise Links in Port Dou­glas said there had def­i­nitely been con­fu­sion in the mar­ket as to the con­di­tion of our re­gion due to the cy­clone, and there had been in­quiries as to avail­abil­ity. “Over­all things are look­ing pretty pos­i­tive, so we’re happy,” she said.

Re­becca Shilling­ford at QT Port Dou­glas said “Easter is al­ways fan­tas­tic for us. We’ve only got a hand­ful of rooms left to sell.”

All of April was look­ing good for the QT, she said.

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