The Northern Territory is attracting more international tourists and they’re staying longer and spending more, according to the latest tourism data.
“The International Visitor Survey (IVS), produced by Tourism Research Australia, shows 302,000 international tourists travelled to the NT, an increase of 13 per cent from the previous three years,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“International visitors spent $485 million while in the Territory, an increase of 25 per cent from the previous three years.
“Visitor nights also recorded growth, with international tourists staying for an average 13 nights, an increase of 3 per cent on the previous year.”
Senator Scullion welcomed the growth.
“With their wallets wide open, international tourists are driving economic growth and supporting and creating jobs in the Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition is working to keep the growth going by delivering record funding to Tourism Australia.
“We’re also working to attract more tourists through visa reform, investment in tourism infrastructure and more open aviation access.”
Nationally, spending by international tourists reached a new record in the year to June 2017, exceeding $40 billion for the first time.
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.