Investment opportunities

Tourism infrastructure

Location: Northern Territory, Australia

Sector: Tourism

Investment type: Various

Estimated total project cost: Various

Investment amount sought: Various

Project status: Conceptual


Artist impression of proposed hotel at Darwin Waterfront.Australia’s Northern Territory is a strategic market for tourism investment, with its long established reputation as a global tourism destination and its close proximity to Asia - the fastest growing outbound travel market in the world.

Northern Australia’s economic development is a priority for the Australian Government.

In order to promote private sector participation in the major infrastructure required to develop the region, the Australian Government has launched a $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure facility.

Strong performing economy

Combined holiday travel, 815,000, up 18%; combined travel to visit friends and relatives - 230,000, up 25%; combined business travel - 609,000, up 43%.The Northern Territory has been enjoying a period of strong economic growth, outperforming the nation across most economic indicators. The tourism sector has seen significant investment in recent years and the Territory’s superior economic performance has helped to diversify the travel market, particularly in Darwin, which receives robust corporate travel and business events visitation, alongside the traditional leisure market.

The Northern Territory is experiencing solid growth in visitor numbers. For the 2016-17 financial year:

  • Combined holiday travel:  887 000 +5.7%
  • Combined travel to VFR:  303 000 +22%
  • Combined business travel:  625 000 +1.7%.

Open for investment

The Northern Territory provides unlimited opportunity for investors to develop, expand and acquire tourism assets through:

  • areas of land available for greenfield development in prime locations in CBD and coastal areas
  • opportunities to invest in short-term accommodation, luxury lodges, camping facilities, and resorts
  • exceptional natural landscapes and a rich cultural heritage from which to build experiential nature-based accommodation, immersive tourism attractions and experiences, adventure tourism, wildlife tourism and wellness retreats
  • opportunities for public-private partnership in transport infrastructure projects including airports, cruise terminals and roads.

Investment services

Tourism NT is dedicated to supporting businesses and investors by providing the following services free of charge:

  • research data and market insights (where available) to support the development
  • introductions to relevant agencies across the Northern Territory Government to aid the approval processes for your project
  • access to relevant networks for your business requirements
  • advice on grants and support programs to assist your business / projects
  • coordination of site inspections
  • feedback on development proposals and high-level advice on the strategic direction of tourism in the NT to enable you to align your investment aspirations.

Contact details

Daryl Hudson
Director Tourism Investment Attraction
Department of Tourism and Culture

Phone: +61 8 8999 6020


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