International tourists are flocking to the Northern Territory in droves, spending more while they’re in the NT.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said figures from today’s International Visitor Survey showed 289,000 international travellers experienced tourism sites and activities in the NT, spending $465m in the year to September 2017.
“More tourists are visiting the NT and spending more – which contributes to our job creation and boosts the local economy,” Senator Scullion said.
“I’m pleased to seethe Territory’s tourism attractions continue to be popular with overseas travellers, it shows marketing of the NT has breakthrough with international visitors, which is great for local tourism operators.”
Tourism Research Australia’s survey shows international visitors grew by 3 per cent and spending increased by 9 per cent from the previous three years.
“Tourism is one of Australia’s main industries and is responsible for a large portion of the country’s economic growth, that’s why the Coalition Government continues to invest in growing this key sector,” Senator Scullion said.
“The IVS also revealed spending by Chinese tourists has reached a new record in Australia – exceeding $10 billion for the first time.
“The record spending occurred during the China-Australia Year of Tourism, initiated by the Coalition Government as we work to maximise the potential of China – Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound tourism market – to create new Australian jobs.”
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au