Tourism figures released this week show the Northern Territory is proving popular for Aussie holidaymakers.
More than 1.5 million domestic tourists visited the NT and spent $2.1 billion last year, creating local jobs and driving economic growth.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the National Visitor Survey was great news for the Territory’s tourism industry.
“From Litchfield National Park to Kakadu to Uluru and Katherine Gorge there is so much on offer in the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“It’s fantastic to see more Australians choosing to visit the NT – this means more local tourism jobs and a healthy boost to our economy.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey shows the number of domestic tourists visiting the NT has increased by 69 per cent over the previous three years to December 2016. They spent $2.1 billion – an increase of 80 per cent since the election of the Coalition Government.
“The Coalition Government remains focused on tourism, with our vibrant tourism sector forecast to continue its growth trajectory over the next decade,” Senator Scullion said.
“The survey shows tourism across Australia was worth a record $100 billion in the year ending December 2016 – up 5.6 per cent on the previous year.
“The Coalition Government is supporting further growth in the Australian tourism industry, including by investing a record $639 million in Tourism Australia to market Australia abroad, negotiating the world’s best aviation access agreements and introducing visitor visa improvements.”
The National Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au