New Visitor Experience Program
The Northern Territory Government initiated a new grant program for NT based tourism operators to deliver new tourism visitor experiences, providing $500,000 of grant funding in the 2019-20 financial year.
Part of the Territory Government’s $2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan, the New Visitor Experience Program (NVEP) was initiated to support the Territory’s tourism industry and operators to bounce back from the impacts of the Australian bushfires and coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The grant program provided a much needed boost to the Territory’s tourism industry with applicants required to provide a matching co-contribution and ensure projects are completed by the end of 2020.
Examples of awarded projects and activities include (but are not limited to):
- Development of new tourism visitor experiences that diversify the tourism offering in the region
- New or enhanced infrastructure upgrades to facilitate a new tourism visitor experience
- Implementation of new technology to create a new tourism visitor experience in the NT.
NVEP Grant Recipients
Seventeen local tourism businesses across the Territory have received grants totalling nearly $500,000 from applications received in March 2020.
A total of $498,052.50 was awarded to recipients throughout the Territory with projects in Nhulunbuy, Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs regions.
Grant recipients include:
- Mataranka Roadhouse: Mataranka Roadhouse Bakery equipment, $14,068.10
- Mini Melts NT: Establish Cheekies Party Bike Tours, $15,000
- Daly Waters Pub: Daly Waters executive suites, $50,000
- Finke River Adventures: Finke remote logistics, $50,000
- Delta Enterprises: Upgrades to inner city motel, $50,000
- Standley Chasm: Standley Chasm 4GX satellite small cell project, $17,000
- ethical adventures NT: Litchfield Bush Camp for education tours, $9,000
- Noonamah Tourist Park: Noonamah Tourist Park Motel family/group accommodation expansion, $50,000
- Outer Edge Photography: Outer Edge Photography: Darwin VR The Evolution of Travel: Virtual Reality Guided Tours, $4,775
- Gove Boat Club: Gove Boat Club campground kitchen, $12,567.50
- Alice Springs Brewing Co: AS Brewing Co Tour Experience, $36,911.90
- DIY Tourguide Australia: DIY Tourguide mobile application for Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park, $15,300
- Top of Town Cafe: Develop outdoor and evening dining/function capacity at Top of Town Cafe Tennant Creek, $32,500
- Crab Claw Island Resort: Crab Claw Island executive cabins, $50,000
- Outback Caravan Park: Develop an in house dining capability, $39,000
- Bradley Connor: Jet ski fishing tours on Darwin Harbour, $34,880
- Katherine Regional Arts: Katherine Activation Application Development, $17,050