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Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy



Budget Paper No.6 1997/98 Northern Territory Economy

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Interstate visitors from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia accounted for almost three quarters of total interstate visitors to the Territory. Among international visitors, UK/Ireland represented 16.8% of overseas visitors while Japan (15.7%), Germany (14.9%) and the US (6.8%) were the next most common countries of origin. Average per capita expenditure for overseas visitors was $577 with German visitors spending the most at $751 per person, followed by New Zealand visitors spending $747 per person. During 1995-96, increases in tourist expenditure were recorded in all regions with Tennant Creek (up 15.2%) recording the highest increase, followed by the Top End (up 10.3%), Katherine (up 10.0%) and the Centre (up 6.9%). The Top End region accounts for 48% of total expenditure, followed by the Centre 40%, Katherine 9% and Tennant Creek 3%. The Territorys unique flora, fauna and geographical features are key attractions for visitors. The Territorys most popular national park in 1996 was Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with 337 018 visitors. The park features the worlds largest monolith (Uluru - Ayers Rock), unique rock formations (Kata Tjuta - The Olgas) and spectacular desert scenery to the south of Alice Springs. In 1996, Litchfield National Park experienced the greatest increase in visitors (up 13.4%). Growth in visits to Litchfield Park have been encouraged through improved access and enhanced Visitors to Major Parks 0 300 600 900 1 200 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 '000 Litchfield Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock-The Olgas) Kakadu Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) Source: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Environment Australia Figure 9.3 Tourism 52