- Record number of visitors to the Territory in 2016-17
- More than 1.9 million visitors last year stayed 13.3 million nights in total
- Tourism contributed $2.4 billion to the Territory economy, employing more than 17,000 people in direct and indirect jobs
More Australians are holidaying at home and they are choosing the Northern Territory.
The National Visitor Survey, released today, reveals more Australians are visiting the NT and they’re staying longer and spending more.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the growth in tourism, noting that the Territory was one of the best performing jurisdictions on the country.
“This is great news for the Northern Territory,” Senator Scullion said.
“A growing tourism industry will drive our economy and create more local jobs.”
The National Visitor Survey shows 1.6 million Australian tourists visited the Territory, staying 9.4 million nights and spending $2 billion in the year ending June 2017.
“The increase in Australians visiting the NT is up 4% on last year and 35% on three years ago, while the average spend is up 32% on three years ago and there is a 60% increase in the visitor nights on three years ago,” Senator Scullion said.
It comes after the International Visitor Survey (IVS), released earlier this month, revealed 302,000 international tourists visited the NT, staying 3.9 million nights and spending $485 million during the same period.
A combined total of 1.9 million tourists visited the Northern Territory staying 13.3 million nights and spending $2.48 billion.
Senator Scullion said he wasn’t surprised tourists were flocking to the Territory.
“We live in such a beautiful place with so much to offer -Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kakadu, the McDonnell Ranges, Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk Gorge and hot springs at Katherine, as well as stunning places to camp and fish. With so many wonderful natural attractions the proportion of domestic overnight visitors to the NT who visited national or state parks was 26% – more than twice the national average and the highest across the nation,” Senator Scullion said.
“I’m working to ensure we have the right infrastructure in place to further grow our tourism industry and create more local jobs.”
The NVS and IVS are produced by Tourism Research Australia and available at: www.tra.gov.au.