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$2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan: Intensive Business Support Program Released

Addressing business survival, revival and growth, Tourism Fast Track is a new intensive business support program opening on 1 March 2020 as part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 Million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan.

Delivered by Tourism NT and the Business Enterprise Centre NT (BEC NT), the confidential support program will focus on lowering business expenditure and increasing revenue.

Tourism businesses will receive a minimum of five one-on-one meetings with an experienced tourism sector business consultant.

Meetings will focus on the individual business situation, their options, business research and analysis, strategic development, implementation options and modelling the financial effects on their business prior to any expenditure.

An additional four months of support will also be provided to assist with strategic implementation and business growth.

To access this initiative, businesses can speak with a Tourism NT Business Enterprise Consultant for an initial assessment. To find out more or apply for the Tourism Fast Track program visit http://www.becnt.com.au/

Quotes from Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Eva Lawler:

“Our tourism industry is critical to the Northern Territory economy, supporting 17,100 direct and indirect jobs and thousands of small to medium local businesses.

“The Tourism Fast Track program is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $2 million Immediate Tourism Resilience Plan to minimise the impact on our tourism industry of the Australian bushfires and the coronavirus travel restrictions, and to maintain momentum in attracting more visitors to the NT. 

“This new program is available to tourism businesses seeking support due to financial hardships as a result of the current environment.

“I commend the collaborative efforts of Tourism NT, the BEC NT as well as the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation who are working together to support businesses during this period.”

 Quotes from Business Enterprise Centre NT General Manager, Phillip Loader:

“The two high profile internationally publicised events of the Australian bushfires and the coronavirus have started to seriously impact the NT tourism sector, with a further decline in tourist numbers expected to have a damaging effect upon the tourism sector (and the NT) GRP.

“BEC NT is absolutely on board with assisting tourism businesses to reduce the effects of what we hope will be a short-term high, impact situation.

“The intensive business support program will assist with impact reduction, business survival and business revival.

“Our team is ready to roll out our program to businesses as soon as possible.”

Media Contact: Lisa Sennett 0436 929 858

Tourism Fast Track Business Support Fact Sheet