Flight figures fears

6 December 2018

There is now further proof of the Labor Government’s failure to build the Northern Territory tourism industry.

In the Australian Government’s report on international airline activity for September this year, statistics show there were just eight Donghai flights in the month with an average of 47 incoming passengers per flight.

"This is further evidence that Labor and the Minister are failing one of our largest industries – they just don’t get it," Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said.

"Labor continues to dodge questions about their multi-million dollar cooperative marketing arrangements and with three marketing offices in China (Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou) it is important to know if the taxpayer dollar is being effectively spent and how much they are spending.

"The Opposition want more international airlines to fly in and out of Darwin but we need people who understand how tourism works.

"Given these latest figures - $150,000 has been spent on various grants getting Darwin China ready, how many of those given government grants have experienced leisure visitors from China?"

Mr Higgins said government needed to do more than just issue media releases.

"We’d like to see more done to upgrade our Top End anchor attraction, the World Heritage Kakadu National Park and we have lobbied the Federal Government accordingly," he said.

"Tourism done properly is critical to our economy and too important to be in the hands of an amateur government."