Annual Report 1996/97 Northern Territory Tourist Commission
Tabled Paper 186
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The Commission co-hosted and co-ordinated a visit to Darwin by the Federal Minister for Tourism, Hon. John Moore and representatives from the Office of National Tourism in October 1996. Two industry workshops were held to discuss key issues relating to infrastructure, development and general tourism. These were attended by 30 NT tourism industry leaders. Preparation and co-ordination of an Annual Tourism Training program including Small Business Series, Aussie Host and Know How Workshops. Know How Workshops conducted throughout the year covered NT Holiday Centre operations (September 1996), Future Oudook for Tour Operators (October 1996), Inbound Tourism (October 1996), Consumer Shows (January 1997) and the Accommodation Sector (various through the year). The Brolga Presentation evening was held at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Darwin on Saturday, 7 June, 1997 with 500 guests in attendance which was well above the previous capacity of 420.There were 101 entries in all categories, which was six above 1996. Penni Tastula of Northern Gateway won the dual Brolga Award and Minister for Tourism Award for her outstanding contribution to tourism. Two (2) Territory operators who won a Brolga Award in 1996 were successful in the National Tourism Awards held in Perth. These were Sahara Tours and Manyalluk, who won their third consecutive award to enter the Hall of Fame. Sponsorship of $60,000 was obtained from Qantas, Telstra, FCB and MGM Grand to support tourism excellence. The Commission worked closely with the Department ofAsian Relations,Trade and Industry in developing and supporting their Small Business Series for Tourism, which are conducted by the consultancy firm Street Ryan and Partners. Attendance for 1996/97 follows: Region Number of Bookings Actual Workshops Attendance Darwin 12 146 87 Alice Springs 9 38 34 Tennant Creek 3 11 13 Katherine 3 7 7 Total 27 202 141 The Commission maintained its support for the Aussie Host Program in the Northern Territory, now being conducted by the NT Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Participation rates for 1996/97 follow: 46 1 9 9 6 /9 7 A n n u a l Report
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