Aboriginal cultural experiences, products and services to get boost

NT Government

In an effort to ensure the NT remains the preferred destination for authentic Aboriginal cultural tourism experiences, the Northern Territory government is growing the sector, increasing visitor numbers and strengthening our economy.

The Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program plays an important part in assisting Aboriginal owned businesses and organisations to boost their existing products or develop new ones.

The NT Government today announced the recipients of Round 4 of the Aboriginal Tourism Grant Program, which has seen 10 organisations across the Territory receive funding for the development of their products.

Each organisation will receive between $30,000 to $100,000 to support their tourism venture.

The Round 4 recipients are:

Standley Chasm – Upgrades to the existing cultural centre buildingArltunga Bush Pub and Eco Retreat – Delivery of new infrastructure to create a new visitor entranceWatjan Guided Tours – Establishing a sustainable off-grid power systemTarntipi Homelands Aboriginal Corporation – Water infrastructure for Tiwi cultural tourism experienceGong-Dal Aboriginal Corporation – Gurrambalk self-catering accommodationGundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation – Development of event spaceLuwungunji – Construction of new five room accommodation facility at Seven Emu StationBawinanga Aboriginal Corporation – Delivery of Bawinanga homelandsKurt Tipungwuti – Develop new Aboriginal cultural tours in Ranku, Tiwi IslandsLarrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation – An automated booking system for Welcome to Country, cultural awareness services, and to support future cultural tourism activities.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Nicole Manison:

“The Territory Government is a proud supporter of our Aboriginal tourism sector – we know the authentic Aboriginal cultural experience brings tourists to the Territory and we want to keep boosting our products.

“In the year ending June 2022, 31% of interstate visitors participated in Aboriginal cultural activities during their Territory holiday, and through investment in developing and marketing the breadth of cultural tourism experiences available, domestic and international demand is set to grow.

“This round of funding will see the development and expansion of exciting cultural experiences right across the Territory, which is good for our economy and it’s good for local and remote jobs.”

Quotes from Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Committee, Paul Ah Chee Ngala:

“It is important that we keep developing and strengthening our cultural experiences and products for tourists to enjoy, and the Aboriginal Tourism Grants contribute to this in a valuable way.

“This year’s funded projects range from improving accommodation facilities to helping an Aboriginal enterprise establish a sustainable off grid power system.”

Northern Territory Government

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