Ship visits set to double
THE increasing popularity of ocean cruising will see the number of cruise ship visits to Port Douglas nearly double this year’s tally over the next two years.
Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD) executive officer Tara Bennett said cruise ships had docked at the port 20 times over the last year.
This number would increase by 10 per cent in 2017-18 year and 80 per cent in 2018-19 to reach 36.
“The allure of Tropical North Queensland is a potent drawcard for both domestic and international tourists.
“Our proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the beauty and wonder of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest and the friendly welcome from our local tourism ambassadors add up to a positive experience for visitors,” Ms Bennett said.
“We work hard to make sure their day in Port Douglas and the surrounding region is enjoyable and highly memorable.
“The thousands of passengers and crew of visiting ships contribute significantly to our tourism industry turnover, injecting many millions of dollars into our local economy.”
P&O’s and Princess Cruises’ ships Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel were regular visitors, with intermittent docking by Voyager of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice.
Ms Bennett said TPDD was acutely aware of the value of the cruise ship industry and had consistently worked to grow this market.