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Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper 1994-95 No.6 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled Paper 2156


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Barry Coulter


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Tourism Territory wage and salary earners in tourism and recreational related employment, to 10%. However, this data understates the significance o f the sector as it does not take account o f the large number o f owner operators in this industry. Commercial accommodation sector data (prepared by Kinhill Cameron McNamara for the Northern Territory Tourist Commission) show the largest increase in tourist numbers came from Territorians visiting destinations throughout the Territory (up 31.0%), while interstate visitors increased 18.9% and overseas visitors increased 12.8%. Expenditure by Territorians increased 68.2% while interstate visitors increased their expenditure 25.5%. Although the number o f overseas visitors increased by 12.8% during 1992/93, actual expenditure remained unchanged. On a regional basis, the Centre recorded the largest percentage increase in visitors (up 27%), during 1992/93, and visitor nights (up 29%), while expenditure rose 16%. In the Top End, visitor numbers increased 11%, while expenditure increased 22%. Visitors to the Tableland increased by 5% with an associated increase in expenditure o f 14%. The Katherine region was the only region showing a decline in tourist activity, with visitor numbers down 12% and expenditure down 19%, in part due to severe flooding during the 1992/93 Wet Season. Australian Bureau o f Statistics (ABS) data for the first half o f 1993/94 indicate that this decline has been reversed, with hotel and motel data showing strong growth in the Katherine region. For the first six months o f 1993/94 ABS data show that guest nights increased to 987 068 nights, 13% over the same period in 1992/93, while hotel and motel takings increased 16% to $46 million. Visitors by origin data for 1992/93 show that 45% of visitors were from interstate, 24% were from overseas and 31% were from the Territory. Interstate visitors from South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, each accounted for roughly 10% o f total visitors to the Territory. O f international visitors those from Britain represented 6.5% of all visitors while o ther European countries (3.6%), Japan (3.5%), USA (3.4%), and Germany (3.2%) were the next most common countries o f origin. A key attraction for visitors to the Territory is the unique flora and fauna o f the Territory. The number o f visitors to the Territorys major parks (see Tourism Destinations map) increased during 1993. The largest increase was for Nitmuluk (Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls) where visits increased 20% over 1992. Visits to Litchfield increased 14% following a 26% increase during 1992. Growth in visits to this park have been encouraged through improved