Tourism boosts Northern Territory economy

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan has released a draft tourism strategy, which aims to deliver $2.2 billion in annual visitor spending to the Northern Territory’s economy by 2020.

‘Tourism Vision 2020: Northern Territory’s Strategy for Growth’, sets out a vision to boost growth to 3.1 per cent annually, deliver an extra $535 million in visitor expenditure a year and create an extra 4,300 direct and indirect jobs by 2020.

“The Northern Territory Government’s vision is to attract 1.7 million visitors annually to the NT by 2020, about 400,000 more than we receive currently,” Mr Conlan said.

“An additional 400,000 visitors a year will benefit local tour operators and businesses, create more jobs and help develop our regions.

“Tourism Vision 2020 is our blueprint to address serious declines in visitation to the Territory and stimulate growth in the industry. The draft strategy affirms the Government’s commitment to our tourism industry and its crucial role in building a bigger Territory economy.

“The Country Liberals Government is making tourism a priority. We are determined to see this important industry returned as a powerhouse contributor of the Northern Territory economy.

“An injection of $2.2 billion in annual visitor expenditure to the Territory’s economy by 2020 will see this vision turned into a reality.”

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