Thursday, October 29, 2020

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Flat tourism season due to big picture factors, not to negative publicity, say operators

 

Offering more for visitors to do: nocturnal tours are
regularly booking out at the Desert Park. A guide helps visitors spot
any of the following creatures of the desert night: the Bilby, Mala,
Spectacled Hare-wallaby, Burrowing Bettong, Brush-tailed Bettong,
Stick-nest Rat, Short-beaked Echidna, Bush Stone-curlew, Golden
Bandicoot. Photo courtesy Desert Park.

 

By KIERAN FINNANE

 

The current tourist season may be "a bit flat" but it's a cyclical business and it will "come back".

That's the view of Michael Toomey, manager of commercial and retail operations at the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice.

He believes big picture national and international factors are a much
greater influence on the current flattening than specific factors such
as the Tiger grounding and negative publicity about the town's social
problems.  Violent incidents and anti-social behavior in town get
"blown out of all proportion" in the media, says Mr Toomey, and are
"insignificant" compared to what happens in the capital cities.

There must be two airlines into Alice Springs and Mr Toomey wants to
see the NT Government working on persuading another operator to service
the town. But if people were intending to visit, the Tiger grounding
would not have been enough to stop them coming, he says.

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