The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014
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THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Red Centre has worlds eye as regal excitement builds THE UPCOMING royal visit to the Northern Territory has caused all hotel accommodation in Yulara to be booked out during their overnight stay. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Yulara as part of their 10-day royal tour of Australia this month. William and Kate are expected to spend a romantic night in a luxury tent at the exclusive $1100-per-person Longtitude 131 resort at Uluru on April 21. Longtitude 131 is completely booked out on that date and owner James Baillie would not comment on the royal visit. Calls were referred to tour organisers, The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which also refused to comment. The Ayers Rock Resort, made up of four hotels boasting a combined 700 rooms and ranging from budget to five star luxury accommodation, is also booked out on April 21-22. Chief minister Adam Giles said the economic benefits for the Territory were difficult to quantify. However the opportunities are great with images of the visit set to be beamed around the globe, Mr Giles said. Its an unbeatable opportunity for us to market the Red Centre and showcase our product overseas, particularly in the United Kingdom which is the Territorys largest international tourism market. Around 100 media from over 40 outlets are expected to attend the Northern Territory program of events and will be spruiking our credentials as one of Australias most iconic destinations. Were also hoping to encourage more Australians to consider Central Australia as a holiday destination and were hopeful of securing up to a 10 per cent bump in domestic tourism as a result of marketing surrounding the royal visit. The royals will visit UluruKata Tjuta National Park where theyll meet local indigenous artists and visit the rock. They will also present graduation certificates to students at the National Indigenous Training Academy at Yulara and join a group of invited Territorians at the chief ministers official reception. I look forward to showing the royal couple the wonders of Central Australia and talking to them about our unique culture and laid-back lifestyle, Mr Giles said. Im sure as new parents, theyll also be looking forward to a date-night away from baby George in one of the most beautiful corners of the world. I hope lots of Australian and international visitors follow in their footsteps and come to see the Red Centre. By MEGAN PALIN Customers in dark over flight change AN OPERATIONAL change to the time of an international Jetstar flight was news to passengers waiting at Darwin Airport last night. Flight JQ81 to Denpasar usually a 7.35pm departure has been rescheduled for about a month because of runway works in Denpasar and landing slots provided to Jetstar. While Jetstar said in a statement passengers were notified on Tuesday about the schedule change, one unhappy flyer begged to differ. I only booked my flight last Thursday, and I wasnt notified Ive spoken to three other people and none of them were either, Helen Schmitzer said from Darwin airport. This is my first flight with Jetstar and it will be my last. Jetstar could not provide the exact rescheduled time their website last night still advertised a 7.35pm departure. It is understood the change in time was at least three hours meaning no Jetstar employees were at the desks when passengers started arriving. Ms Schmitzer said: Qantas staff couldnt help us, and people on the customer service line told different passengers different things. Jetstar apologised for any inconvenience, and hoped our customers enjoy their time in Bali. Internet turning teens to teetotallers MORE than half the nations teenagers are shunning alcohol to become teetotallers as the internet consumes more of their time. Thirteen years ago only one in three teens aged 14-17 abstained from alcohol and the dramatic change in drinking behaviour has occurred even though alcohol has become cheaper and advertising restrictions remain negligible. As community fears mount on alcohol-related violence, University of NSW academic Michael Livingston says the change in drinking behaviour may herald a period of declining consumption in Australia. His study of trends in nondrinking behaviour in teenagers points to the internet, greater parental control over alcohol use, as well as a growth in immigrants from light drinking cultures, as the reasons for the fall in teen drinking. The idea that a broad social shift is going on regarding alcohol in Australia is supported by ongoing changes in public attitudes, with sharp increases in concern about alcohol, he says. Research has found kids aged 14 to 17 are spending three hours per day on the internet. Sweden has found lower rates of drinking among young people who spend more time on social media and gaming.
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