NT perplexing to captivate backpackers from Bali in bid to boost shrinking traveller numbers


Feb 01, 2016 12:24:30

Darwin's Mindil Markets during sunset

Darwin’s Mindil Beach Markets during sunset, one of a attractions a NT Government hopes will captivate backpackers from Bali. (Supplied)

A drink in Bali might be a fragment of a cost of a cold one in a Northern Territory, though a NT Government is anticipating it can captivate European backpackers from a Indonesian holiday island with a guarantee of a Top End adventure.

In a face of shrinking general visitors from a UK, France and Germany, a Government has launched a new debate to aim Bali-bound travellers and remonstrate them to hook on a outing to Darwin.

As a Territory’s resources-driven economy slows, a tourism industry, that is a Territory’s biggest employer, is being looked during to fill a mercantile hole.

Tourism NT information has suggested traveller numbers have been in decrease given 2000.

Backpacker numbers have been quite apocalyptic opposite Australia, and a debate will aim European backpackers already formulation trips to Bali.

“We know Bali is a backpacker hotspot and there are many similarities between it and Darwin with both carrying a abounding nightlife, pleasant continue and brave activities” NT Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said.

“But there is many some-more a Northern Territory can offer that Bali simply can’t, including a abounding Indigenous culture, fantastic healthy landmarks like Ubirr surveillance in Kakadu, epic outback highway trips and a fantastic jumping crocodiles during Adelaide River.”

Mr Giles pronounced some-more than 400,000 European tourists revisit Bali any year, though many are not wakeful Darwin is usually two-and-a-half hours divided by plane.

In a 2020 Vision report, Tourism NT settled that a economy relied on a tourism zone distant some-more than a rest of Australia.

The Territory Government is anticipating to grow tourism to a $2.2 billion attention by 2020.

This latest debate involves European-based transport agents enlivening travellers to supplement on Darwin when engagement a outing to Bali.

Mr Giles pronounced he would also run a Federal Government to rethink a proceed on how backpackers are taxed while operative in Australia.





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