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New tourism hub to create more business opportunities and jobs for Indigenous Australians.

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M e d i a R e l e a s e

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari

1st July 2008


The Australian and Northern Territory Governments have signed an agreement that will see a new Indigenous tourism hub established in Alice Springs.

The tourism hub will provide support to up to 10 Indigenous tourism operators in Alice Springs and help emerging businesses become market-ready through special mentoring, administrative assistance and access to relevant training and capacity building programs.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations has provided $800,000, through the Emerging Indigenous Entrepreneurs Initiative (EIEI), to fund Tourism NT to project manage the delivery of tourism hubs in Alice Springs.

The design and implementation of the hub will be informed by local tourism operators and business advisors.

The new hub will provide: Stronger local networks between tourism businesses and industry organisations; Coordination, advice, follow-up and linkages to government agencies offering financial assistance to Indigenous industry entrants; Core operational functions to ‘market ready’ Indigenous tourism operators such as

special mentoring, administrative assistance and access to relevant training and capacity building programs; and Greater Indigenous employment in the tourism industry in Darwin.

Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said Tourism NT would shortly seek proposals from industry partners to host the hub services.

“The initiative confirms the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs and business opportunities for Indigenous Australians and assist a sustainable tourism industry in the Northern Territory,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The development of an Indigenous Central Australian tourism hub will play a critical role in cementing the region as a cultural tourism destination.“

The Australian Government already supports an emerging Indigenous tourism hub operating in Nhulunbuy.