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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 capital cities, I am pleased to say that all capital cities, with the exception of Hobart, now have a Northern Territory tourist bureau and a Hobart office is expected to open later. An office has been established in Canberra and recently I had the good fortune to open a Northern Territory tourist bureau in Parramatta which is to complement the King Street office. Later this year, we will open another tourist office in Victoria at a place called Dandenong. The important thing is that the initiative to open and extend these offices is certainly starting to payoff because the tourism sales and turnover in those bureaus have been increasing steadily over the last 12 months. The airline strikes in December certainly had an impact on the ratio of turnover but I understand that, for the first 6 months of the financial year, the figures are beyond the expected target. We can expect another increase on the figures that we achieved last year. I would like to place on record that there is a lady named Meg Hale who runs one of the largest tourist operations in the top part of northern Queensland. She returned from the United States and gave the Queensland government a bit of a serve because she had, found that, on the west coast of the United States, the Northern Territory was better known than Queensland. She thought that the Queensland government had to lift its game. The point that I am trying to make is that we are opening offices in many parts of the world, such as Los Angeles, Frankfurt, London, Singapore and Tokyo. If we are to maintain a place in the market, we will have to get out and sell because it is a very competitive market. I attended a seminar on tourism which was conducted in Sydney last Friday by the Japanese Consul. The seminar was attended by about 300 people involved in various aspects of the travel industry. We were shown by way of circles on the map that the greatest number of Japanese tourists to Australia went to Sydney. The next largest group went to Melbourne and the third to the Gold Coast. I was happy to see that the Northern Territory picked up 2 circles: 1 for Alice Springs and 1 for Ayers Rock. The important fact is that Darwin was not a destination for Japanese tourists and neither was Adelaide nor Perth. However, with the placing of our representatives in the Tokyo region, I think that will change. The airline discussions that have taken place between the government, the federal minister and the operators will be very important in maintaining a level of service. Hopefully, the Chief Minister and I will be visiting Japan later next month to have discussions with Japan Airlines and one of its subsidiaries, All Nippon Airways. Perhaps some benefit may be derived from that because, at the moment, the government is seriously considering the provision of back-to-back chartering. I will go into. that when more details come to hand. At the moment, our visitation runs to about 350 000 people a year and it is the Northern Territory government's aim to try to reach the 1 million target by the early 1990s. With those few words, Mr Speaker, I endorse the comments made by His Honour the Administrator. Certainly, I look forward to the challenge of trying to stimulate interest in and the development of the Northern Territory. Mr SMITH (Millner): Mr Speaker, I rise to address a few comments some of which the Minister for Industry and Small Business has touched on. It seems that I follow him around in his portfolio areas. From our point of view, the Administrator's address to this Assembly was disappointing. There were very few new initiatives mentioned. The government appears to some extent to be resting on its record and I think that is a matter for some concern. There are some worrying signs starting to appear in the 52