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Research Projects

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Our research team aims to provide quality intelligence that identifies the insights needed to drive tourism growth in the Northern Territory. To achieve this outcome, research is conducted on special interest topics including aviation, cruise, satisfaction, drive, Aboriginal tourism and consumer behaviour trends. Listed below are published studies conducted over the last five years.

Current Research Projects

Stakeholder Satisfaction Study 2020

The Stakeholder Satisfaction Study is a biennial study commissioned by Tourism NT to obtain feedback from tourism stakeholders in the Territory on its performance. This latest study found that only 9% of stakeholders were not satisfied with Tourism NT overall in the last 12 months, the lowest of all waves of the study. More details of the study can be found in the following factsheet.

Food and Drink 2019

The Northern Territory is a desirable destination to experience unique flavours and exceptional food and drink experiences from over 100 nationalities. The Territory's Aboriginal cultural methods provide an exceptional connection to incredible bush foods and bush food inspired products, couples with the influence of traditional characteristic cooking approaches shared by our Greek and Asian immigrants, creating an ideal scene for a gourmet tourism offering unlike any other.

A breakdown of food and drink visitor experiences in the NT can be found in the following factsheet.

Aboriginal Experiences 2019

Based on a three year average (year ending December 2017-2019) 459,000 visitors to the NT participated in Aboriginal experiences, spending on average 6.4 nights in the Territory. Almost 20% of interstate visitors engaged in Aboriginal experiences in the NT, while 69% of international visitors to the NT engaged in Aboriginal experiences in Australia. More information on visitors travelling who engaged in an Aboriginal experiences in the NT can be found in the following factsheet.

Arts and Culture 2019

As at year ending December 2019, 514,000 domestic visitors to the NT engaged in arts and culture activities, who on average stayed 5.2 nights in the Territory. The three most popular arts and culture activities experienced were: visiting museums or art galleries (58%); visiting history and heritage buildings, sites or monuments (38%), and; experiencing Aboriginal art / craft and cultural displays (32%). More information on visitors travelling to the Northern Territory who engaged in arts and culture activities in 2019 can be found in the following factsheet.

Darwin Cruise Study 2019

A cruise ship study was undertaken between November 2019 and March 2020. The study interviewed 1,698 passengers and crew from 16 ships that visited Darwin during this period. The study found that $12.88 million was spent in Darwin from cruise holidays over the entire cruise season (October 2019-April 2020). More information can be found in the Darwin Cruise Study Report.

Youth/Backpacker/Working Holiday Maker Visitation

The youth market made up one fifth of the overall visitor market in the NT, representing 18% of all visitors in the year ending December 2019. This result was in line with the proportion represented nationally (21% of all overnight visitors). An estimated 18% of youth visitors to the NT were from overseas and represented 23% of all international visitors to the NT. Domestic overnight youth travellers comprised 18% of all domestic travellers to the NT. More information on Youth/Backpacker/Working Holiday Maker visitation can be found in the following Report.

Leisure Drive Market

Leisure drive travellers are defined as visitors who stayed for one or more nights in the Northern Territory, used a self-drive vehicle and were on a holiday and/or visiting friends or family. On average 87% of leisure drive visitors in the NT were from the domestic market, representing 68% of visitor nights. More information on the leisure drive market (three year average 2017-2019) can be found in the following Factsheet.

Drive Market Study 2019

A drive study was conducted to better understand the Northern Territory drive tourism market, specifically market segments and the attitudes and behaviours toward drive-related tourism. The study found that Northern Territory drive holidays appeal to distinct market segments, including the busy fly-drive, the long self-drive and grey nomad market. Almost 67 percent of domestic and 74 percent of international visitors would consider a drive holiday in the Northern Territory. More information on this study can be found in the Drive Market Report.

Million Dollar Fish Study (Season 4)

Details on the Million Dollar Fish Season 4 economic contribution to the Territory can be found in the following Summary Sheet.

Destination Satisfaction in NT Regions

In 2018/19, Tourism NT conducted a study to measure overall visitor satisfaction, as well as specific aspects of the visitor experience in Northern Territory tourism regions. Specific aspects included food, national parks, attractions, accommodation (hotels and caravan parks/ camping), events and tours. More information related to this study can be found in the following Summary.

Regional Dispersal in the NT

Austrade-Tourism Research Australia engaged Deloitte to examine the question of how best to encourage the geographical dispersal of leisure visitors to destinations outside of capital cities. Further information can be found in the following Summary Report.

Short Term Private Letting in the NT

Ernst & Young undertook analysis of the short term private letting and traditional visitor accommodation markets within the Northern Territory and Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine regions. As part of the assessment, the size, composition, growth and economic contribution of these markets was analysed. Further information can be found in the following Summary Report.

Donghai Airlines Visitor Follow Up Study Report

In 2018, Tourism NT conducted a study to understand the Chinese visitors’ experience in the Northern Territory and satisfaction for those leaving on the flights of Donghai Airlines. The research was repeated in 2019 to assess the impacts of activities over the year. More information can be found in the following Report.

Darwin Business Delegates

The Darwin Business Delegates study was released in 2019 to better understand the impact of business events held at the Darwin Convention Centre in terms of delegate spend, behaviour, satisfaction and economic contribution. Further information can be found in the following Report.

Archived Research Reports

Attracting Indian Visitors to the NT TRA Summary (released in 2018)
Signage and wayfinding of the NT drive market Summary (released in 2017)
National demand for cultural tourism in Australia Summary (released in 2017)
China Free Independent Travel Summary (released in 2016)
Economic Impact Study of the Darwin Cup Weekend Summary (released in 2015)
Northern Territory Visitor Touch Points Summary (released in 2014)
South Australia and Northern Territory Dispersal Summary (released in 2013)
Beyond Darwin Summary | Full Report (released in 2012)
Economic Impact Study of the V8 Supercars Summary (released in 2012)
Economic Impact Study of the Alice Springs Racing Carnival Summary (released in 2012)

Page last updated on 22 October 2021