Domestic Visitors To Central Australia Up 14 %

Domestic Visitors To Central Australia Up 14 %

Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss

Increase In Domestic And International Visitors To The Centre

Victor P Taffa

More visitors from Australia and overseas are making their way to Central Australia, staying longer and spending more, according to latest Tourism Research Australia (TRA) results.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said domestic visitors to Central Australia were up 14 % to 570,000 visitors.

“International visitation has also increased in Central Australia, up 5.8 %, totalling 204,000 international visitors to the Red Centre.” Minister Moss said.

“Latest figures from the TRA National Visitor Survey reveal in the year ending June 17, a total of 1.6 Million domestic overnight visitors travelled to the Northern Territory, an increase of 4.4 %.”

“Australians travelling to Alice Springs also spent more and stayed longer with visitor spend increasing by 3.5 % to $329 Million and their number of nights increasing by 8.8 % to 1.3 Million visitor nights.”

“Short-term commercial accommodation occupancy rates in Alice Springs for year ending June 2017 also confirm this positive result, with average rates increasing 3 percentage points to 72 % on the previous year.” Minister Moss said.

“International interest also continues to grow in the Lasseter region, which incorporates the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, as numbers increased by 9.3 % to 167 000.”

“Field of Light Uluru exhibit which features 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted-glass spheres by Bruce Munro is driving a lot of online buzz since it opened in April 2016 with Trip Advisor currently citing over 700 comments from visitors around the world.”

“Tourism is a major economic driver and employs thousands of Territorians. We came to government promising to work with the tourism sector to ensure that this vital industry continues to flourish, and these figures are encouraging and show we are on the right track to deliver on our promise.” Minister Moss said.

As reported earlier this month, there were more international visitors recorded across the Northern Territory, up 8.2 % to 302,000, a result of more visitors from non-traditional overseas markets including North America and Greater China.