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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tourism 165 Northern Territory Economy Domestic Visitors Just over one million interstate and intrastate (domestic) overnight visitors travelled to and within the Territory in 2012, an increase of 10.6percent compared with 2011 (Chart 13.4). This followed a number of difficult years in domestic tourism, particularly in 2011 when weather conditions reduced travel and a strengthening Australian dollar made overseas travel attractive. Overall numbers however remain 8.4percent below preGFC levels from 2007. Source: TRA, Travel by Australians, December 2012; Tourism NT Growth was strongest for holiday visitors (up by 18.3percent), consolidating its position as the largest contributor to domestic visitation at 43.9percent. There was modest growth in visitors visiting friends and relatives in 2012, up by 5.4percent. This was one of the few tourism categories that experienced growth in 2011 in the Territory, and its continued strength may be reflective of a combination of the Territorys young, transient population and an increased number of retired baby boomers who may wish to spend more time visiting family members living in the Territory. Business visitors comprise almost onethird of the Territorys total domestic visitors. In 2012 business visitors increased by 11.9percent, reflecting the commencement of a number of major projects in the mining sector in the Top End (see Chapter 10: Mining and Manufacturing and Chapter11:Construction) and growth in the number of conferences and business events held in the Territory. There was a mixed result in terms of visitors from other Australian jurisdictions in 2012. There was an increase in visitor numbers from Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the AustralianCapitalTerritory while there were fewer visitors from NewSouthWales and Tasmania. Although many interstate visitors fly to the Territory then selfdrive to visit its attractions, a substantial number also drive to the Territory from interstate. Selfdrive trips both into and within the Territory by interstate visitors increased in 2012, but the growth followed a low point in 2011 when there were wet conditions in Central Australia and flood damage to the Barkly Highway deterred visitors from Queensland. Territorians took an estimated 440000 overnight trips in 2012 within the Territory, with intraTerritory overnight visitor numbers increasing by 17.8percent compared with 2011. There was, however, a decrease in Chart 13.4: Number of Overnight Domestic Visitors to the Territory (moving annual total) 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Number (000) Calendar year Total Holiday Business Visiting friends and relatives