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The Northern Territory news Tue 28 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Tue 28 Feb 2017

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28 2017 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA MONDAY'S IS CHANGING FOR THE BETTER FROM NEXT WEEK * NEW "MAD MONDAY" 12-PAGE SPORTS LIFTOUT * MORE NEWS STORIES AND PHOTOS * 4-PAGE MONEYSAVER HQ FOR AUSTRALIA'S BEST FINANCIAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION THE biggest cruise ship ever to hit our waters will be the fifth most populous place in the Territory as it sails into Darwin around 6.30am this morning. Carrying more than half the population of Katherine onboard, the fourth largest ship in the world will be carrying 3996 passengers from 30 different countries including the UK, US, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and China. There will also be 1500 crew members on board. The ship spans 18 decks, weighs 168,666 tonnes, is almost 350m long and features more than 2000 staterooms. On-board are four swim C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E S G R E G I R E L A N D Michaela Field and friend Maddi Coulduck, both 19, of Sydney, enjoy a cocktail aboard the Ovation of the Seas Picture: MARK CALLEJA Territory ovation for the queen of the seas Ovation of the Seas is expected to inject almost $650,000 into the local economy in passenger spend alone. But NT Chamber of Commerce president Greg Ireland said it wasnt just todays passengers who would contribute to the Territorys economy. Theres the opportunity for those people to visit our retail shops and go a bit further afield and see the wonders of the NT, but also pass on those stories to their friends back home, Mr Ireland said. Theyll share their stories and hopefully well see more and more people come. ming pools, two whirlpools, a surf simulator, a casino, two theatres, a rock climbing wall, 16 elevators, a skydiving experience, and 18 restaurants. Royal Caribbean managing director Adam Armstrong said this was the last time Ovation of the Seas would travel to Darwin until April next year. He said it would then be sailing a similar itinerary from Sydney to Singapore over 15 days. Darwin is a popular destination among our guests, who love its vibrancy and uniquely Australian experience, he said. As well, Darwin is our last port of call before the long journey across the sea to the next port in Malaysia before the ship completes this cruise in Singapore. Tourism Minister Lauren Moss said the cruise ship market was of growing importance to the tourism industry. Were working hard to position Darwin as an attractive cruise ship destination to ensure we maximise the economic benefits of cruise visits, she said. Ovation of the Seas will depart Darwin at 5pm and locals are encouraged to get out on the water for the Farewell Flotilla, or grab a picnic and watch the ship sail out at East Point. PHILLIPPA BUTT Tourism Reporter Hopefully well see more and more people come Pop-ups to make our CBD cruisy FOR those who didnt get their fill of city markets on Sunday, never fear, Fair in the Square is here. The markets in Civic Park will run from 10am-3pm today, perfectly timed for a lunchbreak, or quick crafty shop. Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said she was excited to have the second lot of markets in the city. Fair in the Square coincides with the arrival of Ovation of the Seas, the largest ship to come to Darwin, she said. This pop-up event will connect the waterfront with the CBD by providing a fun, interactive space filled with local crafts stalls and entertainment. We are working alongside the Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association to ensure that Fair in the Square is a great success for all businesses in the CBD. The markets will feature about 20 stalls, and entertainment including music and face painting. There will also be chill out areas, free Wi-Fi throughout, giant boardgames and a library area. Stalls will be selling homemade arts and crafts including pottery, jewellery, natural body scrubs and popcorn. The market is expected to cater for the almost 4000 tourists who will disembark from Darwin Harbour for the day. It comes after hundreds of people attended the pop-up Mindil in the Mall market on Sunday, also timed with a large cruise ship arrival. Sundays markets went really well and did what they needed to do. They brought people into the CBD and activated that space, Ms Fong Lim said. She said there was a chance council would consider repeating the markets. Xenia Muzica from Rush'n Hour

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