International visitation to the Northern Territory is on the rise, with international visitor numbers up 10 per cent for the December 2018 quarter compared to the same period in 2017.
The latest Tourism Research Australia figures also showed overall growth, led by a 4.8 per cent increase in holiday visitors with 259,000 international tourists coming to the Territory during the year.
The news will be welcomed by the NT Government, which has committed $103 million to boost tourism in the territory.
The USA continues to be the main source of international visitors to the Territory with 40,000 visitors. Japan was next with 35,000 visitors.
Over the year to December 2018, Japan’s visitation to the NT grew by 56 per cent and Greater China’s by 55 per cent.
The increase has been aided by better connectivity, with China’s rise coinciding with the arrival of Donghai Airlines’ Shenzhen-Darwin direct flights. Upcoming Qantas direct Darwin to Uluru flights and a new Virgin Darwin to Bali service are also expected to further boost international visitation.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss said the figures are showing positive signs but “there is more to do”.
“Turbocharging Tourism is the largest investment of its kind for tourism in the NT and is well on it’s the way to achieving its target of 53,000 extra holiday visitors,” she said. “We already have more than 43,800 holiday bookings expected to inject an extra $54.4 million into the economy, as a direct result of the investment to date.
“It has also led to new aviation routes into the NT.”