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Annual Report 2016-2017 Tourism NT



Annual Report 2016-2017 Tourism NT

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44 45 04 Tourism NT Annual Report 2016-17 Tourism NT Annual Report 2016-17 S E C T I O N 45 Board of Commissioners 45 TERM AND REMUNERATION 45 KEY ACHIEVEMENTS 46 PROFILES 48 FINANCE, RISK AND AUDIT COMMITTEE 48 MARKETING STEERING COMMITTEE 49 Planning Framework Corporate Governance Board of Commissioners Tourism NT is governed by a Board of Commissioners who report to the Minister for Tourism and Culture as per the Tourism NT Act 2012. The primary role of the Board is to provide strategic direction to Tourism NT and foster the sustainable growth and success within the Northern Territory tourism industry. Our leadership team is responsible for implementing strategies which are recommended by the Board. Information about the leadership team and their roles can be found in the Our Organisation section (page 14). The Board is guided by a charter of operations which sets out the role and responsibilities of the Commissioners. A copy of the charter and the Tourism NT Act can be sourced from our corporate website www.tourismnt.com.au. Commissioners are appointed by the Minister and are selected with the aim of ensuring that the Board comprises the optimum mix of skills, knowledge and experience necessary to fulfil its role and achieve its objectives. TERM AND REMUNERATION Members are appointed for a period not exceeding two years. Remuneration is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Assembly Members and Statutory Officers (Remuneration and other Entitlements) Act. The Chair is remunerated at $82,363 per annum and the Commissioners at $44,349 per annum. The Chief Executive Officer is not entitled to additional remuneration for being a Board member. INTERACTION WITH INDUSTRY The Board continued to leverage opportunities to engage directly with members of the NT tourism industry in order to gain collective insight into local issues and discuss challenges and opportunities. For example: The November 2016 Board meeting coincided with the 30th Brolga Northern Territory Tourism Awards held in Darwin In February 2017, Tourism Australia held an industry briefing in Darwin, coinciding with the Boards induction meeting held in Darwin The June 2017 Board meeting was held in Alice Springs. Board members were invited to meet with the Director of the Araluen Cultural Precinct. The purpose of the meeting was to expose our tourism NT Board members to other elements of the Department of Tourism and Culture and showcase the Araluen Centre. K E Y AC H I E V E M E N T S An extensive expression of interest process was instigated by Government following the August 2016 election, which culminated in a new Board being appointed from January 2017. Oversaw implementation of Season 2 of the successful Million Dollar Fish campaign which is designed to boost visitation over the low season for leisure travel to the Top End region, including the negotiation of a wide range of partners providing competition prizes. Guided investment attraction activities, championed the positioning of the Northern Territory as a military heritage destination and an expression of interest process that resulted in the new Bombing of Darwin Harbour Experience and Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) heritage story on Darwin Stokes Hill Wharf. Steered the re-focus of the NT Convention Bureau, with a greater emphasis on in-destination familiarisations and the Territorys industry strengths, in order to drive more effective outcomes for the business events sector. Oversaw the development of new activities for the China and India markets, including marketing initiatives, grant programs, aviation route development and industry readiness programs, aligned to the Governments election commitment to invest $5 million in these markets over two years. Helped secure another $8 million in funding to market the Territory as part of the 2017 Budget process. FUTURE FOCUS Tourism results in the Territory continue to be non-uniform, with Central Australia continuing to perform more strongly than the Top End. A priority for the Board is to continue to provide strategic advice and recommendations that seek to ensure all regions of the Territory benefit from growth in tourism. This is particularly important over the coming year as the INPEX project in Darwin transitions from a construction to operational phase and associated fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) activity declines, reducing demand for air travel and other tourism related services. Ongoing efforts to secure a direct aviation service from China into Darwin remains a priority, with good progress achieved to date. However, the Territory needs to continue to work in this space, including on China readiness programs, to demonstrate Chinese demand for Territory tourism products is sufficient to sustain a new air service.