Five markets in six days
Cruise ships boost Airlie economy
CRUISE ship frenzy is about to dawn on the town of Airlie Beach, which will welcome four ships in less than a week.
The first ship to arrive will be Pacific Dawn which will dock on Thursday, April 19, and kick-off the festivities.
Friday, April 20, will see the Voyager of the Seas passengers come ashore en route to Singapore.
The town will go two days without a cruise ship docking before the Pacific Dawn brings another load of tourists ashore on Monday, April 23. Finally the Sea Princess will visit on Tuesday, April 24.
Coinciding with the increase in tourists, the Airlie Beach Lions Club is gearing up to host five markets in just six days.
Lions volunteer Helen Toy is delighted with the stimulation to the economy the busy schedule will bring.
“Stall holders travel up for the week especially for the cruise ship markets, it’s not just the tourists spending money,” she said.
Ms Toy expects good numbers throughout the week due to the promising weather forecast.
“We’re pleased to see some lovely weather for next weekend.”
Ms Toy reminded patrons the Airlie Beach market “is a single use plastic bag free zone.”
“We’re so close to the
water and plastic can be so disastrous to marine life,” she said. “Re-usable or paper bags are the way to go,” she said.
The Airlie Beach markets are ahead of the game in regards to plastic bag use as the operation has been a single use plastic bag free zone for over a year now.
The State Government last week announced legislation to ban the use of single use plastic bags statewide as of July 1, 2018.
With 1.63 million Australians expected to holiday aboard a cruise ship before July, Airlie can expect more cruise ship markets.
The popularity of cruises is estimated to rise by 14-18% in the next year.
SHOPPING SPREE: The Lions Club Airlie Beach will hold five markets in six days, due to a busy cruise ship schedule.