2000 vis­i­tors dock for a day in Townsville

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Ryan Mathe­son Tues­day, March 22, 2011

CLOSE to 2000 tourists from across the globe docked in Townsville dur­ing a whirl­wind taste of the trop­ics yes­ter­day.

Dianyue Wu and wife Huip­ing were ea­ger to ex­pe­ri­ence what North Queens­land had to of­fer while hol­i­day­ing from their home in Shangh a i , C h i n a . T h e c o u p l e touched down in the city yes­ter­day on their first trip down un­der dur­ing a statewide tour aboard one of P& O Cruises’ float­ing re­sorts, the Pa­cific Sun.

About eight shut­tle buses were on hand to ship the trav­ellers into the city heart to visit lo­cal land­marks such as Reef HQ, the Mu­seum of Trop­i­cal Queens­land, Cas­tle Hill and The Strand.

Mr Wu said the North was high on his list of places to see. ‘‘ We were ini­tially at­tracted by the op­por­tu­nity to see Great Bar­rier Reef and all that North Queens­land has to of­fer,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ T h e p e o p l e a r e v e r y friendly and the sites have been won­der­ful to see so we are re­ally en­joy­ing our va­ca­tion.’’

About 1900 pas­sen­gers are in the midst of a 10-night trop­i­cal dream cruise tak­ing in ar­eas such as Townsville, Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days. Mr Wu said he could get used to life in the t rop­ics. ‘ ‘ The pop­u­la­tion here is a lot dif­fer­ent to what we are used to in China, so it’s nice to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,’’ he said. ‘‘ We are just look­ing at tak­ing as many pic­tures as we can for now, but we would love to be able to come back again.’’

The in­flux of tourists was a wel­come change for the city, fol­low­ing a dis­as­trous start to this year’s wet sea­son, in­clud­ing con­sec­u­tive nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

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