Almost 670,000 domestic tourists visited Darwin and spent almost $850 million in the last 12 months, the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia show.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the National Visitor Survey showed Darwin was proving popular for those holidaying in Australia.
“This is great news for the local economy and local jobs,” Senator Scullion said.
“It is fantastic people are choosing our beautiful region to visit and spend their money.”
The survey for the 2015-16 financial year reveals 667,000 domestic tourists visited Darwin, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous year.
While visiting, tourists spent $848 million, an increase of 11 per cent from 2014-15.
Visitor nights were also up, with domestic tourists staying 3.7 million nights in Darwin, an increase of 9 per cent from the previous year and 46 per cent in the previous three years.
“The survey shows tourism continues to drive local jobs and economic growth,” Senator Scullion said.
“Tourism remains an important focus for the Turnbull Government, with our vibrant tourism sector forecast to continue its growth trajectory over the next decade.”
To help the tourism industry to further expand, the Turnbull Government has committed a record $629 million for Tourism Australia to market Australia overseas.
Australia’s tourism industry is currently growing three times as fast as the rest of the Australian economy.
The National Visitor Survey is available on the Tourism Research Australia website: www.tra.gov.au