Ship vis­its set to dou­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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