In 2018/19 the East Arnhem tourism and hospitality sector contributed to the economy:
- $4.3 million of value add
- $7.8 million in total output/sales
- Employed approximately 81 people
East Arnhem is one of the last pristine tropical paradises in Australia with 60,000 years of rich cultural heritage, including a history of land rights, untouched beaches and incredible biodiversity. The region is perfectly suited to a wide variety of travellers interested in its unique culture. The East Arnhem tourism sector is currently embracing creative and innovative tourism product development, and investment.
The East Arnhem Land Destination Management Plan and the East Arnhem Landowner Prospectus, which are currently under development, will identify significant tourism development opportunities throughout the region. Multiple opportunities exist to partner with traditional owners for investment in diverse accommodation offerings, cultural and natural experiences, and once-in-a-lifetime journeys.
Tourism is expected to grow significantly over the coming decade and form an substantial proportion of the region’s economy. There has never been a better time to invest in tourism with opportunities emerging to welcome both domestic and international travellers. Tourism represents an enormous opportunity for enterprise and business development, and workforce training and upskilling.
Strong support for the industry from the Northern Territory Government, Australian Government and private investors has resulted in significant investment to upgrade the Central Arnhem Road ($225 million) and the Gunyaŋara (Gove Port) Tourism Precinct development ($8 million). These projects will make the region more accessible to visitors. The Northern Territory Government has also committed significant funding in cultural tourism through the Arnhem Land Arts Trail Gallery Extensions program towards two of East Arnhem’s prominent art centres. The Buku Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is to receive $2.5 million and Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Centre will receive $2 million to enhance and further develop visitor experiences.
This, combined with recent work to strengthen the East Arnhem Land tourism brand and the region’s digital presence, provides the region with a strong foundation to grow and attract lucrative opportunities for new business development and investment.
For more information please contact the DEAL Tourism Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org