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Tourism is the Northern Territory's largest employing industry, providing directly and indirectly jobs for 15,600 people (11.8 per cent of employment). It drives economic growth at local, regional and Territory-wide levels through the creation of income, employment and investment opportunities.

The visitor economy is worth approximately $2.2 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) and is responsible for 9.5 per cent of total NT Tourism Gross State Product (GSP). The visitor economy, which is supported by the tourism sector, includes visitors who come for leisure, business events, corporate travel, to visit friends and relatives and other purposes.

Tourism NT works closely with a range of partners who are outlined in this section.

Regional Tourism Organisations

Tourism Top End (TTE) and Tourism Central Australia (TCA) are the Regional Tourism Organisation's (RTO's) of the Northern Territory. TTE and TCA are not-for-profit, innovative membership-based associations that assist a wide variety of stakeholders including individuals, businesses and organisations with the growth of the NT tourism industry. The RTOs are partly funded by the Territory Government (Tourism NT & DTBI) to service tourism operators through business development, capacity building and support programs, industry networking events and advocacy on behalf of the tourism sector.

Tourism Top End (TTE)

TTE is the Regional Tourism Office serving the area commonly referred to as the 'Top End' which includes Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Litchfield, Katherine and surrounding areas. It is a member based organisation, committed to growth and development of tourism in the Top End. TTE also facilitates the Visitor Information Centre in Darwin CBD, providing complimentary and comprehensive information and booking services.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 8 8980 6000 or 61 1300 138 886

Tourism Central Australia (TCA)

TCA is the Regional Tourism Office serving the area commonly referred to as the 'Red Centre' which includes Alice Springs, Uluru, Tennant Creek and surrounding areas. It is a member based organisation, committed to growth and development of tourism in Central Australia. TCA also facilitate the Visitor Information Centre in Alice Springs town centre, providing complimentary and comprehensive information and booking services.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 8 8952 5800 or 61 1800 645 199

Business Development Partners

Department of Trade Business & Innovation (DTBI)

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation stimulates and supports a competitive, responsible and productive business, industry and employment environment. For tourism operators, the Start, Run, Grow program is there to assist you in starting or growing a business and to provide access to information, training and workshops.

If you are a NT business, Aboriginal enterprise or not-for-profit, you can get help from a small business champion who can assist you to identify the types of support your business can access. DTBI also offer support with networking, contacts, information, tools and resources.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 8 8999 5479

The Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (AusIndustry)

AusIndustry provides services from government agencies to support businesses across all industries throughout Australia, connecting them with information, grants, registrations and support to help businesses succeed.

The Regional Manager is based in Darwin and provides businesses across the Northern Territory with information about the assistance programs they and other organisations, provide. The Northern Australia Tourism Initiative programs delivered by AusIndustry are targeted towards businesses in the tourism industry.

Business Enterprise Centre, Northern Territory (BECNT)

Business Enterprise Centre NT is able to provide independent, detailed business advice based on assessments of the clients business. The BECNT aims to provide business owners both personal and sustainable business success through networks, targeted business workshops and ongoing mentorship opportunities. 

This low-cost, confidential service to the client aims to resolve and improve financial, management and operational functions of a client’s business. Where the need is identified, the BECNT can refer a business to a specialist professional advisor (solicitor, accountant, digital engagement, human resource manager) to provide specific advice to the client.


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 1800 229 500

Alice Springs

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 8 8951 5788

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA)

Indigenous Business Australia is an Australian Government statutory authority set up to assist Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander owned businesses with economic and development opportunities. IBA offers a range of services including grant opportunities, tailored workshops and business advice.


Address: Jacana House, Level 4, 39-41 Woods Street, Darwin NT 0800
Phone: 61 1800 107 107

Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council

Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council (ATAC)

ATAC contributes to developing sustainable and prosperous Aboriginal tourism enterprises across the Northern Territory.

The Council helps enable individuals to create or take up meaningful employment and business opportunities in the tourism industry and, at the same time, maintain and share their cultural heritage.

Tourism NT are proud to work closely with the following members who work hard to raise the profile of Aboriginal tourism in the Territory and who continue to share their views and experience to help grow the sector.

Ms Helen Martin - Chairperson

Helen is the Business Director of Banubanu Beach Retreat on Bremer Island off the coast of Nhulunbuy. Ms Martin is also a member of the NT Tourism Commission Board, has sat on the Gove Community Advisory Committee and spent 17 years working in the Commonwealth Government. She is current Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council, Acting Deputy Chair of the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Vice Chair for the East Arnhem Land Tourism Association (EALTA executive member) and member of the Northern Australian Agenda Advisory Group.

Mr Paul Ah Chee 'Ngala'

Paul's Aboriginal heritage is of Arrernte, Wankangurra and Yankuntjurr. Paul was Director of the Alice Springs Desert Park from 2014 until 2019. He has held a number of appointments on boards and committees including; National Collection Council Australia Board, the Australian International Cultural Council Board, Indigenous Tourism Leadership Group, NT Indigenous Economic Development Committee, South Australian Museum Board and the Australian Tourism Commission.

Mr Graham Kenyon

Graham is the owner / operator of Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours, a family business established in 2008. The tours are conducted from the Adelaide River Flood Plains on Aboriginal owned and operated Limilngan-Wulna land. Mr Kenyon was a Parks and Wildlife Commission Ranger for many years in the Top End and is currently a council member of the Northern Land Council. The Kenyon family are the traditional carers of Ludawei Long-necked Turtle Dreaming Story. Ludawei is the traditional name for Beatrice Hill.

Ms Jane Runyu-Fordimail

Jane is a current Director of the Jawoyn Association and is the CEO and Cultural Services Manager of Nitmiluk Tours & Cicada Lodge based in Katherine NT. She is also a member of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Board. Jane has also had extensive local government experience whilst working with Roper Gulf Shire. Jane comes to the Council with extensive experience as an operator of a successful Aboriginal tourism business in the Katherine Region.

Mr Victor Cooper

Victor is a Traditional Owner of Kakadu - Minitja man. He is the owner and operator of Ayal Aboriginal Tours Kakadu, an Aboriginal cultural tourism business. Victor has over 30 years' experience working in Kakadu and was a previous Acting Chair of the Kakadu Tourism Consultative Committee.

Ms Dorethea Randall

Dorethea is the current chair of the Mutitjulu Community Health Clinic, Director on Gumlake Pty Ltd and has officiated on Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation. During 2011 to May 2016, she was employed with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia in the important role linking Voyages with the community. Dorethea is working towards providing Anangu Cross Cultural Educational Eco-Tourism on country.

Ms Maree Meredith

Maree is an Aboriginal academic with Flinders University's Poche Centre for Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing. She has worked extensively in the field of international and Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory (18 years) with the Central Land Council and with AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development). Maree has a strong background in research, policy and practice.

Further information

For further information on the work of ATAC, contact the ATAC Secretariat Mr. Stuart Ord on 08 8951 8584, [email protected] or Chair Helen Martin on 0427 272 772, [email protected]

Page last updated on 03 June 2020