Out of a lot of ideas put on the table there were no new major ones at a poorly attended meeting on Tuesday.
It was called by the government's Tourism NT, in the lead-up to its new strategic plan.
Tourism in Alice Springs had mostly dropped from 2009/10 to 2010/11, according to figures released this week by Tourism Research Australia.
Domestic visitor nights declined 5.9% although visitor numbers rose 6.3%.
International visitor night declined a massive 21.3%, and visitor numbers, 5.7%.
Long-time industry figure Ren Kelly, who attended the meeting, says the 20-odd people present put forward a national indigenous culture centre, an idea raised many times before.
The idea of a cultural festival, similar to the one staged to mark the centenary of federation, was also raised again.
The spectacular event featured hundreds of corroborre dancers from across Australia, performing on simple sand stages, and stealing the show from stars including Christine Anu, who were performing on a vast stage some of which was flown in by cargo aircraft at massive expense.
Meanwhile the Fair Work Ombudsman has recovered almost $50,000 back-pay for 136 hospitality workers in Alice Springs.
Pictured: Arrernte men doing Alice proud at the Yeperenye Festival in 2001. From our archive.
Country Liberals in Alice Springs have accepted the application for membership by Central Land Council chairman Lindsay Bookie (pictured).
Branch president David Koch says it is now being processed by the party's secretariat. Mr Bookie's surprise move – as the head of an organization usually thought to be close to Labor – comes in the wake of Alison Anderson's joining the party. The Member for MacDonnell, a former Labor pollie, was sitting as an independent prior to joining the CL.
Mr Bookie declined to comment. Mr Koch says several other local Aborigines have joined the party or applied for membership. He says he's known Mr Bookie for several years in connection with the Aboriginal leader's successful tourism enterprise near Jervois, north-east of Alice Springs. Mr Koch – initially – and 4WD identity Jol Fleming have been running adventure tours in connection with Mr Bookie. Mr Koch says Mr Bookie has a strong view that Aboriginal people should be free to use their country for commercial enterprises of their choice.
Mr Bookie drew enthusiastic applause when he addressed a public meeting earlier this year discussing measures to curb anti-social behavior in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.