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NT Govt Media Release: Accelerating the Territory’s Aboriginal tourism sector

NT Govt Media Release: Accelerating the Territory’s Aboriginal tourism sector

Posted 15 November 2023

Media release by the Northern Territory Government announces the launch of the NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator program. Content reproduced in full below with application links available until the closing date on 1 December 2023.

The Territory Labor Government has announced a new partnership with Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) to bolster the Northern Territory’s Aboriginal tourism experiences.

The NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator program is a specialist business program delivered by IBA to support Aboriginal entrepreneurs create and grow strong and sustainable tourism businesses.

Announced today at the second annual Northern Territory Aboriginal Tourism Forum held in Alice Springs, the NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator program is open to Aboriginal Territorians and NT based Aboriginal businesses and organisations (greater than 50% Aboriginal owned).

Participants will undertake formal training, learn practical skills and have access to advisors, coaches and networks.

Applications open today and close 1 December with the program commencing in 2024. To find out more and apply head to iba.gov.au/ntaccelerator

More than 100 participants attended today’s NT Aboriginal Tourism forum in Alice Springs, which celebrates the NT’s Aboriginal tourism sector and provides an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences as well as network with other Aboriginal entrepreneurs, industry and government.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Joel Bowden:

“The NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator Program is another example of the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to the growth and development of the Aboriginal tourism industry and building an Aboriginal workforce.

“The Northern Territory is a premier destination for authentic Aboriginal tourism experiences, visitors to the NT have an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in authentic stories, artworks and history spanning more than 60,000 years.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Indigenous Business Australia who have an excellent track record in delivering successful accelerator programs and supporting Aboriginal business development, and look forward to seeing new and innovative business ideas come from the program.”

Quotes from Arrernte woman Stella de Cos, Director, Community & Customer Experience, Indigenous Business Australia (IBA):

“The NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator Program is more than just a program; it’s about empowering our First Nations entrepreneurs, fostering innovation, and preserving our deep cultural heritage that is infused in the land, sea and sky of this country.”

“Expanding the opportunities for our Aboriginal businesses to share culture and country with the rest of the world is ultimately a success for everyone involved.”

“Our people are the original and ongoing custodians of this land, and the deep understanding and knowledge they have is what makes these opportunities so important.”

Find out more about the NT Aboriginal Tourism Accelerator program and apply by 1 December 2023.