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Creating local jobs: Territory Tribute to position the Top End as the nation’s military tourism hub

Chief Minister Michael Gunner today launched Territory Tribute, a series of events that will position the Top End as Australia’s military tourism and create jobs in the Tourism industry.

The Northern Territory Government has allocated more than $1.9m to Territory Tribute as part of the $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more visitors, create jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

The inaugural Territory Tribute will run from 19 Feb to 25 April, 2019 and will begin with the Bombing of Darwin Day Commemorations at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park. Over the next nine weeks in the lead-up to Anzac Day, the role that the Top End played in World War II and Darwin’s unique military history will be shared with both visitors and Territorians, through a program of events and participation by tourism operators.

The Territory Tribute program will include a twilight concert “Overture to Peace” conducted by John Foreman OAM,  a three-day curated International Military Writers' Festival led by Peter Fitzsimons AM, the World's Greatest Two-up School and Last Post Ceremonies, culminating in Anzac Day Dawn Services in Darwin and across the Territory.

Territory Tribute has been developed by Inspire Strategic Solutions, who are working with Northern Territory Major Events Company, Darwin’s military history tourism sector and a national advisory panel to develop the event program and opportunities for tourism to the Territory.

For more information on the Territory Tribute visit:

Quotes from Chief Minister Michael Gunner:

“Creating jobs is my number one priority and tourism already employs thousands of Territorians. Military tourism is a huge part of our tourism industry.

The Territory’s military history is unique, and we need to take advantage of that history. This $1.9million investment will create events that Territorians can be proud of and the rest of Australia will want to be a part of.

We are making sure the rest of Australia knows about the secrets that the Territory has to share. I want people from all over the world to come and enjoy Territory Tribute.”

Quotes from Minister for Tourism & Culture Lauren Moss:

“Darwin is under recognised as one of Australia’s most influential and historic military locations.

“The $1.9 million boost to make Darwin and the NT the pilgrimage destination for Australian military history will result in more visitors. The funding is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

“Military history is a big draw card for tourists and we have an incredible story to tell – this funding will allow us to promote our story.”

Media Contact:  Cameron Angus – 0404 021 192