08 Apr 2016
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Tourism experiences for the disability market are set to improve at Outback Tour Services in Yulara and at Kings Canyon Resort.
Chief Minister Adam Giles said funding of $48,960 has been provided to purchase two purpose-built wheelchair-accessible camping accommodations at each unique location.
“Outback Tours Services can now
cater for outdoor adventures by providing disability friendly accommodation for
people with that specific need,” Mr Giles said.
“Tourism experiences and
adventures are important for everyone to enjoy with their families no matter
what their physical capabilities may be.
“Each accommodation site will
be twin-share and come equipped with a disability ramp, railing, heavy duty
floor, a sliding door and access to an off-road wheelchair.
“I encourage other tourism
operators to help pave the way to assist our disabled visitors get the type of
tourism experiences that everyone can enjoy.”
Bosch Managing Director of Outback Tour Services has thanked the Northern
Territory Government for generously funding the project and supporting tourism
in the NT.
installed two purpose-built accessible tents at both Yulara and Kings Canyon
Resort, representing a great step forward for our company to deliver these
products,” Mr Bosch said.
Tour Services is proud to pioneer accessible camping tours in this region in
what is believed to be a first in Australia. The idea behind this is simply to
open the great “Outback” to everyone.
building of these camps form part of a two year project that is all about
creating global awareness that accessible touring and camping is well and truly
possible in the NT.
of this project, we have purchased two purpose-built vehicles as well as our
popular “Off Road Wheel Chair”. The chair is the “Outback” version of a “Beach
Wheel Chair” so visitors can go swimming and is fully submersible.
Tour Services has received two awards over the last two years for Innovation in
this market, (2014 Disability Services Award and 2015 Tourism Central Australia
Award) and these awards created awareness of our products and the opportunities
“This year the Northern Territory
Government is investing another $5 million to help tourism businesses with infrastructure
developments to provide a greater variety of experiences through the Tourism Infrastructure
Development Fund,” Mr Giles said.
“There’s $5 million available for tourism projects through the Boosting Our Economy package, to accelerate Infrastructure Developments for projects that target new markets.”
Applications are open now for the
Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund – Accelerator package. Details and
forms can be found here: http://www.tourismnt.com.au/en/industry-resources/grants-and-funding/tidf-201516 Closing Wednesday 13
Applications are also open for the
$775,000 Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Program. Details and forms can be
found here: http://www.tourismnt.com.au/en/industry-resources/grants-and-funding/tddi-201617 Closing April
"It's all part of the Country Liberals Government's plans to continue to increase tourism in Northern Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020,” Mr Giles said.
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