“They inject welcome business into our community for tourism, retail, and hospitality sectors. This is just another step forward in returning positive sentiment to the town for the return of a booming tourism industry,” said Ms Anderson.
Andrea Cameron, owner-operator of Brett’s Kuranda Day Tours said, they are very excited to see the cruise ships back in town.
“The vibe that it creates for many businesses and the first time visit to Port Douglas for many that will then fall in love with our beautiful tropical village and return for a holiday,” said Ms Cameron.
Lady Douglas River Cruise owner, Kate Agrums said her team will be down at the marina to welcome the first passengers.
“Lady Douglas has always benefited from the cruise ships,” said Ms Agrums.
IT’S AN EXTRA SPECIAL FEELING WHEN THE TOWN IS BUZZING
For those who have just relocated to the Douglas Shire, Port Douglas is a tourist town where the visitation of docked tourists is essential to people whose livelihoods rely on the regular arrival of ships.
“Over the winter season, Coral Princess will make nine calls to Port Douglas,” said Ariane Krug, PR consultant for Coral Princess.
“It is expected to generate $4.9M for the local economy,” Krug continued.
Ms Bennett said, for new residents cruise ships bring an influx of visitors to the region.
“Many will be pre-booked on tours to the Daintree, Kuranda, and Great Barrier Reef while others will spend the day exploring Port Douglas with tell-tale lanyards in place.
“The first visit on the 30th will be an extremely busy kick-off for Port Douglas combining up to 1,800 passengers and crew on top of Australian school holidaymakers,” said Ms Bennet.
Residents new and old are encouraged to give a heartfelt welcome to our new visitors, enjoy a conversation with the cruise tourists, take the time and offer a local’s “insider tip” while they get a taste of our adored community, this signature Douglas hospitality might be the nudge for them to plan their next holiday back.