A LEADING Portland businessman has called for an urgent meeting between the city’s business operators and the Glenelg Shire Council to maximise the benefits of cruise ship visits.
Bernie Knight who operates the McDonald’s Restaurant franchise in Portland called for the meeting after describing a council initiative in the 2014-15 draft budget to beautify the city for peak tourism periods as a “welcome first step”.
The call for a meeting has the support of the shire mayor John Northcott, cruise ships working group member Ray Gilby, who believes it should broadened to be a community meeting, and Portland Tourism Association secretary Jenny Klingberg.
Mr Knight has been vocally promoting the city in recent years, and was involved in the recent campaign for signage on the Princes Hwy at Tyrendarra to attract more people to Portland.
The number of cruise ships visiting Portland is set increase from next February following the first visit of the MS Europa in March this year.
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