More international tourists are visiting the Northern Territory and, importantly, spending more money, according to the latest tourism data.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed today’s International Visitor Survey figures which show almost 300,000 international visitors travelled to the Territory and spent $460 million in the year to March 2017.
“These figures show the Northern Territory tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength,” Senator Scullion said.
“This is fantastic news for the NT and the 9000 local tourism jobs.
“A growing tourism industry will continue to drive our local economy and create more jobs in the Territory.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the survey shows 298,000 international tourists visited the NT, an increase of 6 per cent from the previous year. The $460 million they spent while in the Territory was up 15 per cent on the previous year.
Nationally, tourists from across the globe spent a record $39.8 billion in Australia in the year to March 2017, a 5 per cent increase from the previous year.
“The national and local results are an indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to boost our tourism industry,” Senator Scullion said.
“International visitors and spending in regional Australia are both up 29 per cent over the last three years. Asian markets recorded the fastest growth in spend for the year, while the United States visitation and spend shows a strong resurgence.”
The International Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au.