Clarification – the percentages I listed in my previous comment …

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Clarification – the percentages I listed in my previous comment are Yulara percent of the total traffic to Alice and Yulara. Comparing the Yulara to Alice traffic shows a growth in Yulara traffic from 17% of Alice’s traffic to over 50% by 1996-97. It fluctuates between 40% and 65% of Alice’s traffic thru the end of the data set.

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Grand scheme meets small minds
@ Alex Nelson (Posted March 29, 2018 at 12:21 pm):
Thanks for the reference.
I was able to find passenger data for 1985-86 to 2010-2011. Yulara is listed as Ayers Rock in the data table. The first few years Yulara has only about 15% of Alice’s passengers, but by 1995-96 Yulara has grown to a third of Alice’s traffic.
The ratio stays around a third to the end of the data set in 2010-2011. I suspect almost all of the Yulara traffic is tourists and that only a few of them visit Alice.


Grand scheme meets small minds
Are the numbers of international and domestic visitors available? I suspect that they will show a dramatic drop around the time the Yulara airport opened (~2000). While the 300,000 passengers a year that fly to Yulara are good for the NT, I suspect most of them bypass Alice Springs.

[ED – Hi Bill, see “Tourism dollars for Alice: not a pretty picture.”]


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