Victorian border closure a blow for the NT

The closure of Victoria’s borders will not impact two major events set to kickstart the Northern Territory’s events calendar but is a major setback for the wider tourism industry.

While the closure of the border hadn’t hampered plans for either the Darwin Cup and Supercars, Tourism Top End CEO Glen Hingley said losing this key market would be a blow for the local industry as Victoria remains the NT’s biggest domestic tourism market.

“It’s hard to say exactly how much this is going to cost us but we know the demand for bookings coming from Victoria with many NT tourism operators has been strong,” he told the NTnews.

Darwin Turf Club chief executive Brad Morgan said any Victorians who has paid for tickets to the racing carnival would be given full refunds.

Nearly 300,000 Victorians visited the NT last year spending $463 million.