Tourism NT: Budget 2016 invests in tourism to promote growth

Published on : Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tourism NTBudget 2016 continues the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to supporting the tourism industry to grow, create jobs and boost the economy.

Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Adam Giles, said the Budget includes $20 million to build skywalks in Territory parks, including at Nitmiluk, to create world-class adventure tourism experiences.

Mr Giles said the Territory was on track to reach the Government’s target of a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020 if current growth continues.

“Budget 2016 continues our momentum through more than $51 million for Tourism NT, as well as funding for new infrastructure such as roads, upgrades to our national parks, and investment in arts and culture,” Mr Giles said.

“The Government knows our tourism industry is our largest private sector employer, supporting 15,200 jobs, which is why we have invested an extra $24 million in tourism marketing and strategic product initiatives over the past three Budgets to help reverse a 10-year decline in visitor numbers.

“This increased investment is paying off, with tourism spending in the Territory hitting $2 billion last year – a six year high.

“We’ve recorded increases in both domestic and international visitors, with total visitors to the Territory up 17 per cent to 1.6 million visitors in 2015.

“We know there is still more work to do to ensure local business continue to benefit from this lucrative industry.”

Budget 2016 delivers tourism initiatives including:

Mr Giles said strengthening the Territory’s foothold in international markets continues to be a priority.

“Budget 2016 will equip our industry with the tools it needs to capitalise on our economic shift towards tourism, particularly in regional areas where visitors will be encouraged to stay longer and spend more,” he said.

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