Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy
Tabled paper 295
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Tabled by David Tollner
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168 Tourism 2013-14 Budget Cruise Ship Visitors Darwins cruise ship market has experienced strong growth with a fivefold increase in passenger numbers since 2006 (Chart 13.7). This is due to its proximity to the growing Asian market, which makes Darwin a convenient stopover location for ships with itineraries that include both Australia and neighbouring Asian nations. In 2012, there were 47 cruise ship visits to Darwin, up from 36 visits in 2011. Passenger numbers increased from 36 000 in 2011 to over 56 000 in 2012, an increase of 55.4percent, and represents the largest number of cruise ship passengers to Darwin on record. Strong growth in passenger numbers reflects an increasing number of large cruise ships visiting Darwin. The majority of cruise ships visiting Darwin remain in the port for about tenhours while passengers undertake shore excursions and the ships take on new passengers, refill stocks and carry out minor repairs. While the period of stay is brief, the cruise ship market is generally highyield and represents a significant revenue source for many Darwin businesses. Additionally, many of the larger ships, which provide the greatest economic benefit to Darwin, arrive during the wet season thus providing stimulus to businesses outside the traditional tourist season. Source: Tourism NT; Darwin Port Corporation Conventions The Territory has grown as a destination for conferences and other special events, enhanced by the opening of the Darwin Convention Centre in mid2008. Tourism NT reports that there were 76 conventions held across the two convention centres, in Darwin and AliceSprings in 2012, 11 more than in 2011. However, the total number of delegates to these events declined by 2.2percent in 2012, to 20 391. The number of conventions held at the Darwin Convention Centre increased from 46 in 2011 to 54 in 2012. However, conferences tended to be smaller in size with the average number of delegates attending each event declining by 12.2percent. At the AliceSprings Convention Centre, the number of events increased from 19 to 22 in 2012, although these events were significantly smaller, with the average number of delegates attending each event declining by 25.9percent. Chart 13.7: Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Calendar year Cruise ship passengers Cruise ship crew Number (000)
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