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20 August, 2021

Beam me up Dougie

TOURISTS to Port Douglas will soon have a few extra choices, up to 150 in fact when they decide to travel around the village.

By Peter McCullagh

Multinational electric scooter and ride share company Beam plans to expand its operations into the bustling North Queensland market with the announcement they will launch into Port Douglas with up to 150 e-scooters later this month.

The announcement was well received and applauded by Tourism Port Douglas Daintree CEO, Tara Bennett.

“The introduction of e-scooters to Port Douglas will provide a welcome option for visitors to travel around the village in a sustainable manner, well-aligned with our region’s eco destination focus.”

Beam already operates their e-scooter service in Brisbane Adelaide, Canberra and Townsville.

Beam General Manager (ANZ) Tom Cooper feels confident the tourists and locals will welcome the Beam experience.

 “We’re thrilled to be commencing e-scooter operations in Port Douglas later this month, with an Australian first, tourism-led approach involving partnerships with tourism operators.

“We’re looking forward to making e-mobility a part of the Port Douglas visitor experience and show how e-scooters can be a part of a region’s tourism offering.

“E-scooters are a great way to explore any town, city or region in a fun way. It’s not just a really fun form of transport, but a way of seeing more, and engaging with local communities.

Beam has partnered with resorts and hotels to allow access to Beam’s e-scooter fleet, providing affordable and eco-friendly transport for visitors and locals alike.

Beam’s service will feature affordable pay-as-you-go rates and subscriptions for regular users.

The service will appeal to locals, tourists and families alike, with a minimum riding age of 16 years, or 12-plus with a parent or guardian. Every ride will be covered by Beam’s personal accident insurance.

Beam’s e-scooters will be available to hire from selected partner locations, including Niramaya Villas & Spa and Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas.

“The e-scooters will be an excellent option for Niramaya guests to travel in and out of the town centre - an ideal way for guests to experience the town without the need to hire a car,” said Chris Benson, Saltwater Properties Managing Director.

The distinctive purple scooters will soon become a familiar feature and add a sense of innovation, convenience and increased character to this bustling tourism village.


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