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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tourism 163 Northern Territory Economy the Territory by both domestic and international visitors with the majority of overseas travellers entering Australia from other cities and relying on domestic connections into the Territory. Despite these challenges, the total number of overnight visitors to the Territory increased by 5.2percent, off a low base, to 1.3 million in 2012 (Chart 13.1). Growth was driven by increased domestic visitor numbers while international visitors continued to decline in number. Source: TRA, International Visitors in Australia, December 2012; TRA, Travel by Australians, December 2012; TourismNT International Visitors In 2012, the number of international visitors to the Territory decreased by 12.2percent to 254000, the lowest annual figure since the IVS time series began in 1999. The decline in numbers was primarily driven by a decrease in holiday visitors who make up the majority of international visitors to the Territory. The decline was not mirrored at a national level, with international visitor numbers to Australia increasing in 2012 (Chart 13.2), driven by an increase in visitors travelling for employment, as well as increasing business visitation. In terms of source countries, international visitation to Australia was driven by growth in visitation from China and Taiwan, which are relatively small contributors to the Territorys international visitor numbers. Chinese visitor arrivals to Australia have been increasing strongly over the past few years to become the second largest source market for Australia, with over half a million visitors peryear. A snapshot of Chinese visitors by TRA found that 64percent of first time visitors in 201112 came for the purpose of a holiday and among Chinese holiday visitors the most popular activities are gambling, going to the beach and shopping for pleasure. Only 13percent of Chinese tourists travelled outside cities, well below the 30percent among total international visitors. In 2012, 13.5percent of international visitors to Australia camefrom China. In comparison, just 2percent, or 5000, of the Territorys 254000international visitors came from China. A contributor to the large decline in international visitors to the Territory is likely to have been increased cost sensitivity among those who did Chart 13.1: Number of Overnight Visitors to the Territory (moving annual total) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Calendar year Domestic International Number (000) Total

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