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The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 BUSINESS 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA BUSINESS 17 Time to get ship shape for the arrival of 25,000 passengers TOURISM Minister Lauren Moss is urging Territory business to put on its best face for the arrival of around 25,000 tourists over the next eight weeks. Ms Moss said it is an exciting time for businesses to get ready for an influx of visitors. The wet season is traditionally a quiet time and this represents a great opportunity to boost trade, the Tourism Minister said. With so many cruise ships calling into Darwin it is a great opportunity for our shops, tourism attractions, bars and restaurants to attract cruise ship passengers into their businesses. Im pleased to see the joint efforts of the Darwin City and Waterfront Retailers Association, Tourism Top End, Darwin Port Corporation and the City of Darwin gearing up for the season to make this a success for the Top End. The Waterfront will also be offering a range of welcoming activities for cruise ship visitors on the day including live music and retail promotions. I encourage locals to get into the spirit and check out the Ovation of the Seas, when it docks in Darwin on 28 February. Ms Moss said the cruise industry is crucial to the Northern Territory economy. Last year the Territory received a record 50 cruise ship visits (including 45 for Darwin and five to other ports) generating $30.7 million in expenditure in 2015-16, the Tourism Minister said. This year, we anticipate 46 cruise ship visits for Darwin, one more than last year. Ideally, passengers will leave Darwin after their short visit impressed and keen to return for a longer stay. We will be doing our best to put on the precincts best welcoming face and it would be great to see plenty of businesses down here doing likewise. At the waterfront, cruise passengers will be spoiled for choice in this mini food and dining metropolis with its fantastic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars. Were also very proud of our preparations for the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin on February 19. The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility on Stokes Hill Wharf uses cutting edge technology to tell the iconic story as well as the history of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and we are hoping to showcase this to plenty of the visiting cruise ship passengers.. Wed like to see as many locals as possible coming down to see the ships and make the visitors feel welcome. Business urged to put on its best face to cash in on cruising bonanza News Ovation of the Seas, with its 18 decks and extraordinary adventures onboard, will dock in Darwin on February 28 Picture: PA GARY SHIPWAY So things continue to get better. The Darwin Waterfront Corporation says it is encouraging initiatives and incentives to ensure as many passengers as possible disembark to enjoy all that the broader Darwin CBD has to offer Darwins tropical lifestyle at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct is the front desk to our beautiful city, the spokesman said. Our wonderful harbour side, coupled with the energetic and vibrant precinct makes the Darwin waterfront the citys premier lifestyle and visitor destination. This represents a great opportunity to boost trade T E R R I T O R Y T O U R I S M M I N I S T E R L A U R E N M O S S BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL Its the big White House you cant miss it. Never one to miss an opportunity, the unofficial Mayor of Palmerston, Wayne Zerbe is sniffing out whether there may be a chance of attracting the local boy done good, Andrew Liveris, to a speaking engagement at a monthly Palmerston & Regions Business Association meeting. Zerbe also sent the PRBAs 2017 calendar to the man himself. Liveris will become the Chair of the American Manufacturing Council which President Donald Trump wants to Make America Great Again. Zerbe cheekily addressed it to the big White House on Pennsylvania Ave. Hes sure the postie will find the place. Congratulations, youve won a $100 voucher at Dan Murphys. Another proving himself to be in a never miss an opportunity class is Chamber of Commerce NT acting chief executive Brian OGallagher. OGallagher has been quite vocal in his annoyance at the decision to stop Dan Murphys coming to Darwin. He couldnt help himself at the first Business at Sunset event held at Wharf One last week before drawing the lucky business card prize. Someone among the guests has dropped their name tag so OGallagher stopped proceedings to tell the person it was his lucky day. Not only have I got your name tag but youve also won a $100 Dan Murphys voucher you might have to wait to collect but, OGallagher said. Whos the boss? Channel Nine Darwin supremo Andrew Bruyn might be getting bored behind his desk and is looking to inject himself onto the local hosting circuit. Bruyn successfully hosted the Waratah Team of the Century event last week in the Skycity Pavilion. With his deep dulcet tones he said he only took the gig after having his arm twisted once by Brian Price and then again by Bob Jenner. Drew Wagner, Exc Director of MCA NT Division Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources