Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most popular cruise destinations, with an 80% increase in future cruise ship visits. The increasing popularity of ocean cruising will see the number of cruise ship visits to Port Douglas nearly double this year’s tally over the next two years. Just 15 minutes south of Port Douglas harbour, Thala is perfectly positioned as a relaxing pre or post-cruise land-based option! Our spacious treehouse-type bungalows are a welcome retreat after life onboard in a tiny cabin.
Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree (TPDD) executive officer Tara Bennett said cruise ships had docked at Port Douglas 20 times over the last year. This number would increase by 10% in 2017-18 year and 80% in 2018-19 to reach 36.
“The allure of Tropical North Queensland is a potent drawcard for both domestic and international tourists. Our proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the beauty and wonder of the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the friendly welcome from our local tourism ambassadors add up to a positive experience for visitors,” Ms Bennett said.
“We work hard to make sure their day in Port Douglas and the surrounding region is enjoyable and highly memorable. The thousands of passengers and crew of visiting ships contribute significantly to our tourism industry turnover, injecting many millions of dollars into our local economy.”
P&O’s and Princess Cruises’ ships Sun Princess, Sea Princess, Pacific Dawn and Pacific Jewel were regular visitors, with intermittent docking by Voyager of the Seas and Celebrity Solstice. Ms Bennett said TPDD was acutely aware of the value of the cruise ship industry and had consistently worked to grow this market.
Opportunities were taken to meet cruise ship operators at travel and trade expos, along with locally based hosting of cruise companies.
“Port Douglas is well-situated in terms of the growing interest in the Asia-Pacific region and we have had excellent feedback from cruise companies and individual tourists on the welcome they receive and the extra effort we go to in ensuring this part of their holiday is one of the best, whether they are doing an East coast cruise or travelling on to other countries from southern ports,” she said.
“The Reef Marina and new retail outlets, our renowned restaurants and eateries and exciting tours of regional attractions tailored to fit the ship’s schedule all add up to a big benefit for our local businesses.”