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 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.
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
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
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
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 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
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 61 8 8951 5788
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 Committee
The Aboriginal Tourism Committee (ATC) will play a key role in guiding implementation of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020 - 2030 to achieve its vision of the Northern Territory to ‘be the undeniable Australian leader in the Aboriginal tourism sector’.
ATC will also contribute to developing sustainable and prosperous Aboriginal tourism enterprises across the NT, leading to positive economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
We are proud to work closely with the following members who work hard to raise the profile of Aboriginal tourism in the Territory and 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. Helen is also a member of the NT Tourism Commission Board, Vice Chair for the East Arnhem Land Tourism Association (EALTA executive member), and member of the Northern Australia Agenda Advisory Group. Helen is the former Chair of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council and previous member of the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Gove Community Advisory Committee.
Ms Rayleen Brown
Rayleen is the owner/operator of Kungkas Can Cook, an Alice Springs based company that has been delivering catering/café and tourism products for the last 20 years, particularly specialising in bush tucker and bush tucker talks. She is a passionate advocate of the harvesting and sale of Central Australia bush tucker in support of Aboriginal women working on country. Rayleen has an extensive background in Aboriginal tourism in Central Australia and is the NT member of the First Nations Bushfood & Botanical Alliance.
Mr Nigel Browne
Nigel has been CEO for the Larrakia Development Corporation (LDC) since 2013 after serving as a Director on the Board since 2005 and as Chair from 2010 to 2013. LDC has been pivotal in the proposed development of the $63M Larrakia Cultural Centre project envisioned at the Darwin Waterfront precinct. He is a member of the Ministerial Forum on Northern Development Indigenous Reference Group. Nigel’s previous professional roles include Crown Prosecutor for the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions, Lawyer for Aboriginal Lands within the Department of Justice and policy advisor for the Chief Minister’s office. He has held board positions with the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, Law Society (NT) and Australia Day Council (NT). Nigel is a Larrakia and Wulna man who has resided in the Top End for his entire life.
Mr Jimmy Frank
Jimmy is a Warumungu / Arrernte man and has lived in Tennant Creek for most of his life. He has been involved with the Nyinkka Nyunya Arts and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek since its inception, and is currently employed as the Cultural Liaison Officer at the Centre. Jimmy has worked in the arts, tourism and cultural industry since the age of 19; he is an accomplished carver having travelled nationally and internationally showcasing Warumungu culture. Jimmy is currently advising the NT Government on the Nyinkka Nyunyu Arts Trail infrastructure project.
Dr Maree Meredith
Maree is the Deputy Director for Flinders University’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. In 2018 she was the first PhD graduate of the Flinders Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Her current research centres on how Aboriginal art centres are critical to maintain and improve health and happiness in remote Indigenous communities and how western health systems should embrace and learn from the unique positive health holistic benefits and social networking created by remote art centres. Maree has worked extensively in the field of international and Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory with the Centre for Remote Health, Central Land Council and AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development).
Ms Jane Runyu-Fordimail
Jane is the CEO and Cultural Services Manager for Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge. She is a current Director of the Jawoyn Association and member of the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park Board. Jane gained broad local Government experience through her former role with the Roper Gulf Shire. Jane’s extensive experience as an operator of a successful Aboriginal tourism business in the Katherine region has been recognised through numerous tourism awards including several NT Brolga Awards. Jane is a previous member of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council. Maree has a strong background in research, policy and practice and is a previous member of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Advisory Council.
Mr Randle Walker
Randle has been CEO of the Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation (CAIC) for twelve years. CAIC is an investment, acquisition and licence management trustee established to benefit Aboriginal people and organisations in Central Australia. CAIC derives its income from commercial activities and investments. Excess funds are distributed via a foundation to Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Randle is former Board member and Treasurer of Tourism Central Australia. His experience and skills are extensive and have benefitted community groups including membership of the Regional Economic Development Committee.