Port Douglas infrastructure investment 'ushering in a new era of confidence'
MORE than $30 million in new tourism infrastructure in the Port Douglas and Daintree region is revitalising the holidaymakers' playground.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree executive officer Doug Ryan said the fresh investment and the culmination of major development projects "is ushering in a new era and a new injection of confidence".
He said the multi-million dollar investment proved the strength of the destination.
"When you have large companies such as Coles and Target expanding in our region it shows real confidence," Mr Ryan said.
"Port Douglas is rated No.3 as the most popular place to visit in Australia on TripAdvisor and this gives us a great boost for the future. We expect visitor numbers to build and certainly our forward bookings this year are indicating this."
The $20 million Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre opens this week and features two indigenous walks, eco shuttles for visitors as well as an art gallery, cafe and restaurant.
Mr Ryan said the centre was creating "significant" employment opportunities for Mossman Gorge residents.
"The indigenous activities are certainly a highlight for the international visitor and being able to combine such a high end indigenous activity with the oldest rainforest in the world will be a great asset for the region," he said.
Mr Ryan said hoteliers had led the way with significant investment, including the Silky Oaks Lodge, north of Mossman, which had just completed a $3 million refurbishment over two years on 32 deluxe tree houses, 11 river houses, the main lodge and two Billabong suites.
The 300-room Sea Temple Port Douglas has also undergone a soft refurbishment while the former Rydges Sabaya Port Douglas has been reborn as QT Resort Port Douglas with a $6 million upgrade.
As well, Skysafari has added a new Robinson 66 to its helicopter fleet for its new platinum class product targeting cashed up holiday makers.
The new $1 million Beneteau yacht, Escape, is the only luxury yacht of its kind at Port Douglas available for private charter.
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