Business earns big as cruise passengers stay in Gladstone
MONTHS of waiting to land a stall at the markets which greets passengers at the port is paying off big time, one stall holder says.
After missing out on a market spot for the first two cruise ship arrivals, Just Add Silk owner Deborah Farquahr, who said she only goes to "upmarket markets", said the waiting list had gradually "dwindled down" to get her a place.
She said while the weather had worked in their favour, cruise passengers were happy with the "originality" of Gladstone markets compared to tourism hotspot Mooloolaba where passengers first stopped.
"I've had a lot of people comment what a great market this is, as opposed to one other one they went to down on the Sunshine coast -- they said it was pretty average," she said.
"But they think this is really very good, they are very impressed.
"This is excellent, Sunshine Coast was average. Nothing different, nothing original."
She said it was the original products which represented our and neighbouring regions that gave the markets a special kind of charm, such as the Bundaberg Rum bottle stall or her own locally handmade Kangaroo leather bags.
"A lot of the time they [tourists] talk about my bags -- there's nobody else doing what I'm doing, apparently," she said.
"It's just a good variety of stock here."
"I've done really quite well. I'm really happy. I'm hoping I can come back again."