Five mar­kets in six days

Cruise ships boost Air­lie econ­omy

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Tamera Fran­cis Tamera.Fran­cis@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

SHOP­PING SPREE: The Lions Club Air­lie Beach will hold five mar­kets in six days, due to a busy cruise ship sched­ule.

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