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The Northern Territory news Thu 3 Dec 2015



The Northern Territory news Thu 3 Dec 2015

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08 NEWS THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CHINESE visitors splashed out an incredible $21 million a day while holidaying in Australia in the year to September, spending up big on shopping, eating and drinking. The latest International Visitor Survey by Tourism Research Australia recorded the extraordinary 43 per cent growth in spending by Chinese people Down Under, to a total $7.7 billion thats more than Chinese splash the cash US and UK visitors combined. At the same time Chinese visitor numbers increased 22 per cent to 896,211 and they stayed for an average 39.3 days. Food, beverages and accommodation accounted for the lions share of holiday spending by the Chinese at $1.2 billion, followed by package tours ($943 million) and shopping ($745 million). In comparison, US visitors spent a mere $120 million shopping, and the Japanese $95 million. New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania enjoyed the biggest growth in Chinese visitors. Tourism and Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond said the figures showed what an amazing powerhouse the Chinese economy was for Australias tourism market. On raw numbers, we had 280,000 more New Zealanders (1.17 million) visiting Australia in the year to September than from China (896,000) but the Chinese spent $7.7 billion compared with $2.55 billion by New Zealanders over 200 per cent more, said Ms Osmond. And yet Australias share of the Chinese tourism market represents less than 1 per cent of the 100 million Chinese travelling overseas capturing more of this market must be a priority for Australia. Tourism Australia Managing Director John OSullivan said overall spending by overseas visitors climbed $4.1 billion in the 12-months to September to $34.8 billion. Australia will never be a high volume destination because of the tyranny of time, distance and cost, which is why our Tourism 2020 strategy is unashamedly focused on yield, said Mr OSullivan. That means encouraging international visitors to stay longer, disperse further and ultimately do more and spend more while in our country. Australia also saw strong growth in visitors from India, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. Tourism boom ringing our tills to tune of $7.7bROBYN IRONSIDE Social media shaming A WOULD-BE thief allegedly caught stealing cash and body building supplements from a Millner gym has been shamed on social media. Members of iFitness 24/7 on Bagot Rd dobbed in the identity of the alleged thief after management posted CCTV stills of the man taken on Saturday night. Gym manager Maddison Glass-Jones said a staff mem ber realised the gym had been robbed on Sunday morning. Ms Glass-Jones said an empty safe, cash, supplements and staff uniforms were stolen. She said around-the-clock CCTV meant any attempted thefts would be caught on camera. Police were yet to formally identify the man pictured in the footage and the investigations are ongoing. TV presenter and marine biologist Jeremy Wade on location in Northern Australia filming an episode of his series River Monsters Picture: SUPPLIED Show captures deadly animals for audiences THE Northern Territorys most deadly animals will be the highlight of a popular international television show set to air next year. Discovery Channels River Monsters will take a look at Northern Australias diverse wildlife in the final episode of its eighth season. The Northern Territory episode includes getting to the bottom of tall tales and catching the animals behind them. Host of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade, spent three weeks in Northern Queensland the Gulf of Carpentaria and Borroloola, and in the Northern Territory Darwin and Adelaide River. He said the expedition had been very successful. The thing about this part of the world is the diversity of the animals people think (only) about the big animals with the big teeth but there is a lot more under the water, Mr Wade said. Although he could not disclose what they were hunting and had caught, he did say they had managed to get everything on their list. Mr Wade said Territorians would be able to relate to the episode because dangerous animals were part of living in the NT. People dont just watch the telly, they get out there and experience it for themselves, he said. The harsh weather left Mr Wade looking forward to travelling home to -2C in England. He hopes that people will enjoy the program both nationally and internationally when it is scheduled to air in mid-2016. The team also travelled to Mexico, Peru, Thailand and England for the series. ANISHA SARIB and ZARA ANTONINO Apology In the Woolworths catalogue, on sale Wednesday 18th November 2015, the 1000TC Inspire QB Sheet Pack $39 - Also available in KB $49 on page 6 was not available in all stores from 18/11/15 25/11/15 due to a stock allocation error. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Darwin Community LegaL ServiCeS ADAS can provide advocacy, support, representation and referral for: people with disabilities aged people receiving Commonwealth aged care services in a residential facility or the community representatives of the above Based in Darwin with an offce in Nhulunbuy, regularly visiting the Katherine region and providing services across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Contact: (08) 8982 1111 or 1800 812 953 (mobile phone charges may apply) Aged and Disability Advocacy Service (ADAS) can give you information and help concerning your rights. ProuDly PrESENTS:

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