Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government

Tourism Budget Increase


10th Assembly


92. Tourism Budget Increase

Ms Carney to MINISTER for Tourism

Tourism Budget Increase

1. With the significant increase in the tourism budget (not sure what the figures are exactly) has this evidenced itself in increased visitation?


Answered on 23/11/2005

The Commission’s 17% cash budget increase in 2003 coincided with a global tourism downturn due to health and safety concerns arising from terrorist attacks, SARS and the Iraq war, resulting in visitation declines for both Australia (down 2%) and the Northern Territory (down 13%).

However, the further 11% increase in the Commission’s cash budget in 2004 resulted in a 7% increase in Northern Territory visitation (refer to Figure 1). This recovery was evident to a lesser extent from a national perspective, as Australia’s visitor numbers increased by 1% compared to 2003.

Figure 1
Source: Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey, and the Commission’s Annual Reports and internal financial systems
Last updated: 04 Aug 2016