More international tourists visit the NT

More international visitors are sightseeing in the Northern Territory, and spending more during their trip.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said today’s International Visitor Survey data revealed 293,000 international visitors flocked to experience tourism attractions in the Northern Territory, spending $467 million in the year to December 2017.

“More tourists are immersing themselves in the attractions and cultural offering of the Northern Territory and spending more – boosting the local economy and helping to create tourism jobs,” Senator Scullion said.

“The Territory’s tourism attractions like Kakadu, Uluru, the Devils Marbles, Litchfield National Park and Katherine’s Nitmiluk gorge continue to appeal to overseas travelers, which is positive news for local tourism operators.”

Tourism Research Australia’s survey shows international visitors rose by two per cent and spending increased by 10 per cent from the previous year.

“Tourism is a major pillar of the Australian economy, directly employing almost 600,000 people, that’s why Tourism Australia has seen record funding under a Coalition Government,” Senator Scullion said.

“The IVS also revealed Chinese tourists remain Australia’s biggest spenders, pumping a record $10.4 billion – a 14 per cent increase from last year – into the economy, with spending from US visitors also growing strongly, up three per cent to $3.8 billion.”

“The Coalition Government is working to supercharge the US visitor market through Tourism Australia’s record investment in the US with the new Dundee campaign – sure to again draw more Americans to the NT,” Senator Scullion said.

The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: