First international tourists touch down in the Territory

  • 21 February 2022
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The first vaccinated international tourists since Australia closed the international border two years ago landed in Darwin today.

This comes following a partnership reached with Qantas to extend the London to Darwin route until at least the end of June and establish an E190 aircraft base at Darwin International Airport.

Tourism Australia Ambassador Matt Wright will roll out the welcome mat to greet the newest arrivals when the first Qantas flight from London lands in Darwin at 11.15am today.

International visitors will have an opportunity to experience the best the Territory has to offer including stunning waterfalls and lush rainforests in the Top End and desert landscapes and unique attractions in Central Australia.

The Territory Government has backed the tourism sector leading up to the return of international tourism with a suite of measures including:
-       $12.8 million to lure international holiday makers and workers to the Territory
-       Domestic marketing campaigns including Seek Different and Summer Sale
-       Securing deals with Qantas to extend the double-daily London-Darwin route and establishing an E190 aircraft base.

Other support measures implemented include the Territory Tourism Vouchers, Tourism Survival Fund, Visitation Reliant Small Business Support, and a Mates Rates campaign for Central Australia.

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