Starting a tourism business?

Before starting a tourism business, you should understand how the industry works, what things to consider in your planning and legal requirements you must meet.

How to get started

Taking the first steps can be daunting. Access to information and training is key to a successful outcome. 

Tourism NT has created a checklist to help you understand the critical steps in getting off the ground. Use the Getting Started in Tourism Checklist to guide your business planning from pre-planning to starting-up.

Familiarise yourself with our Glossary of Tourism Terms to understand acronyms and terms specific to the Northern Territory.

Access the Australian Government's Starting a Business Guide.

The NT's Regional Tourism Organisations Tourism Top End and Tourism Central Australia can assist with planning and help you network with others in the sector at industry-organised events. Become a member to access benefits such as industry updates, general meetings, workshops, networking events, product distribution and more. 

Business mentoring at the Business Enterprise Centre NT (BECNT) 

BECNT provide independent, detailed business advice based on assessments of a client’s business. Specific to each client’s needs, BECNT can facilitate specialist professional advisors; including a solicitor, accountant, digital engagement or human resource manager. 

BECNT aims to provide business owners both personal and sustainable business success through networks, targeted business workshops and ongoing mentorship opportunities.

Visit the website or email [email protected]

Lower Level, 20 Catterthun Street
Winnellie NT 0820
1800 229 500

Alice Springs
Central Australian Development Office
55 Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT 0870
08 8951 5788

Once established, join our Tourism Business Development Program

The Tourism Business Development Program is co-designed and implemented by tourism development representatives at both Tourism NT and the Regional Tourism Organisations (RTO). 

Your Regional Tourism Organisation will help you enter the program and navigate the seven-pillars. 

Click here to view more information on the program and contact details for the RTO's.

Page last updated on 28 March 2022