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Tourism goes walkabout to attract business events

More than 200 event planners from around the country will meet with Northern Territory tourism operators and businesses this week at ConveNTions Walkabout '15.

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the annual roadshow was designed to attract more business events and conventions to the Northern Territory and will be held in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne from today through to Thursday 12 November.

"Business events are crucial to the NT economy, worth some $89 million a year and we want to grow the Northern Territory's share of this lucrative sector," he said.

"The NT is rich in unconventional thinking and experiences that can inspire better business, making it the ideal setting for business events.

"We are home to a range of key growth industries including agriculture, mining, renewable energy, rural and remote health, education, trauma response, oil and gas extraction, mineral extraction and arid zone management.

"These are just some of the industries that will be targeted this week as part of ConveNTions Walkabout."

Mr Giles said the roadshow would help raise the profile of the Northern Territory as a place to conduct business events.

"Business events play an important role in developing a prosperous economy with conference delegates spending up to four times the average expenditure of leisure visitors," he said.

This year's roadshow has seen participation from local operators jump from 10 to 19 and will include exhibitors from Alice Springs, Darwin and Uluru.

This year's roadshow will include a special performance by Alice Springs based musician Andrew Langford as well as a guest appearance by Mate of the Territory Lisa Wilkinson at the Sydney event and Melbourne Football Club's Russell 'Robbo' Robertson at the Melbourne event.

"It's all part of the Country Liberal Government's plan to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020," Mr Giles said.

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