Tag Archives: tourism

Before COVID started to bite

Tourism expenditure figures form Tourism Research Australia for years ending March 2009 to 2020, for Lasseters (including Ayers Rock Resort) compared with Alice Springs (including MacDonnell). FULL STORY »

High season caravan occupancy rate: Zero.


Tourism industry pioneer Brendan Heenan says if the NT borders are not open by July then his, all other Alice caravan parks, the pubs, clubs, restaurants, accommodation, tourist attractions, souvenir shops won’t have a 2020 season. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: In a normal season the space behind Brendan Heenan is filled with caravans.


UPDATE 6.40pm May 17: Half a million caravanners and campers are ready to hit the road within two months. FULL STORY »

Millennials targeted for a fly and drive NT holiday



Tourism NT is targeting the not so grey nomads. PHOTO: Devil’s Marbles. FULL STORY »

Visitor spend increased in 2018/19


But The Rock remains far ahead of Alice Springs and MacDonnell combined, as fresh Tourism Research Australia statistics show. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Part of the crowd at the A cappella in the Gorge, at Ormiston this year. Many came from interstate and overseas. FULL STORY »

Qantas boss earns 270 times the national average



Meanwhile, NT tourism suffers, writes Jeff Hausler. FULL STORY »

Chinese will like to go bush: travel agent



Our wide open spaces a drawcard for Chinese tourists, especially young ones, says visiting travel agent Sam Lu, pictured at Simpson’s Gap yesterday. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Online hate speech by leading tourism figure


A leading Alice Springs tourism figure, Wayne Thompson, has described in social media a rock thrower as a “filthy piece of shit”, reports ERWIN CHLANDA and is associated with other abusive language. Mr Thompson is pictured (centre) with Minister Steven Ciobo and Julian Barry (Qantas).




UPDATE 5.26pm: Thompson breaches copyright. FULL STORY »

CLP to focus on youth crime, tourism, mammoth deficit


Creating tangible consequences for juvenile offenders, picking up the ball Labor has dropped on tourism promotion, and defining how the current government’s mammoth deficit can be reduced without affecting vital services, that’s what will keep the Country Liberals on the hop between now and the elections in a year’s time, says the party’s president, Ron Kelly (pictured). He spoke with Alice Springs News editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Alice vs The Rock, at a glance



Tourist spend: The gap continues to widen. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Self-drive at record numbers, but there are risks



But there are risks, says the NT Cattlemen’s Association: Visitors are not used to encountering road trains. Overnight campers need to be careful with campfires and take their rubbish with them. FULL STORY »