Buzz and boost for city, econ­omy

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

An in­flux of visi­tors flood­ing Al­bany over the fes­tive sea­son has pro­vided a wel­come in­jec­tion of spend­ing into the lo­cal econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to Al­bany Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

The in­flux of visi­tors to the re­gion cre­ated a buzz and proved to be a fi­nan­cial gain for the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

ACCI act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Clark said the an­nual boost was one of Al­bany’s busi­est times of the year with the com­bi­na­tion of res­i­dents and visi­tors shop­ping lo­cally.

“This boost helps all busi­nesses in Al­bany di­rectly and in­di­rectly, tourism in this town in­jects dol­lars into more busi­nesses than most peo­ple re­alise — from res­tau­rants to your lo­cal tyre store to a lo­cal fruit and veg store,” he said.

“All are boosted be­cause of vis­it­ing tourists to Al­bany.” Cruise ships dock­ing in Al­bany also proved ben­e­fi­cial for the econ­omy with sev­eral ships dock­ing in the port in a week.

Mr Clark said aside from the ships boost­ing busi­ness they cre­ated a lively at­mos­phere for the town.

“The at­mos­phere was buzzing with lo­cal mar­ket stalls, street per­form­ers, and CBD busi­nesses wel­com­ing visi­tors and there were also bus tours avail­able to show­case Al­bany and al­low the ben­e­fits to flow on to busi­nesses out­side the CBD,” he said.

“With the cruise ship num­bers set to dou­ble, proac­tive Al­bany busi­nesses will see di­rect ben­e­fits.”

Mr Clark said he be­lieved the econ­omy in Al­bany had been steady for the past 12 months.

“In a sur­vey car­ried out by ACCI, mem­bers stated in com­par­i­son to the pre­vi­ous year, the ma­jor­ity of busi­nesses are sit­ting about the same,” he said.

“It has not all been doom and gloom, some in­dus­tries have strug­gled but there were of­ten other con­tribut­ing fac­tors than just the econ­omy.

“We all need to look at our busi­nesses, ACCI in­cluded, to make sure we stay rel­e­vant and make sure we ap­peal to the peo­ple of Al­bany; a boost is al­ways needed to help busi­ness grow and to keep the econ­omy grow­ing.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

The cruise ship Maas­dam was in port on Fri­day.

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