Visitor Experience Enhancement Program

Visitor Experience Enhancement Program, Northern Territory, Australia

As part of the Turbocharging Tourism action plan the Northern Territory Government is providing $3 million over two years through the Visitor Experience Enhancement Program, to assist the tourism industry undertake projects that will improve the on-ground visitor experience in the NT.

The Visitor Experience Enhancement Program seeks to enable the tourism industry to improve its customer experience, so that more visitors have positive experiences and will recommend the Territory to others. Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate the greatest need for visitor enhancement.

A total pool of $3 million (GST exclusive) is available, with one-off funding of up to $50 000 (ex GST) available per business.

To be successful, projects must:

  • Be strategic in nature by delivering benefits to an individual business, multiple businesses or to a region;
  • Be able to demonstrate through existing customer feedback the need for the visitor experience enhancement;
  • Demonstrate how the proposal will enhance the visitor experience, increase favourable reviews and increase visitor numbers;
  • Be able to be completed by 30 June 2019; and
  • Include a matching cash co-contribution from the business (for applications of over $10,000 excluding GST).

Applicants must be able to demonstrate how the project will enhance the visitor experience, and provide evidence of customer feedback that the project will address. The program will operate via a merit based nomination process.

Nominations for round 1 have closed on 30 April 2018. Round 2 will be open from 1 July - 1 October 2018.

The projects to receive funding from the 2018-19 VEEP Program, round 1 (excluding GST) were:

• Upgrades to reception and visitor areas, Alatai Holiday Apartments ($10,000)

• Pop Rocket Café Expansion Project, Blast Coffee Group ($10,000)

• Upgrades to ablution facilities, Lodge of Dundee ($50,000)

• Improve lighting and kitchen equipment, Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night ($7,500)

• Upgrades to existing passenger vehicle, Offshore Boats Pty Ltd ($9,567)

• Deliver two additional deluxe cabins, Devils Marbles Hotel ($50,000)

• Upgrades to furniture and common use facilities, Frogs Hollow Backpackers ($10,000)

• Resort pool works, Palms City Resort ($45,454)

• Campground upgrades, Gapview Hotel ($50,000)

• Repair bath surrounds in guest rooms, Aurora Alice Springs Hotel ($13,350)

• Installation of a new integrated audio visual system, Pee Wees ($50,000)

• Upgrade bathrooms at Wirib Store & Tourism Park, Gunamu Aboriginal Corporation ($22,705)

• Croc Cove Audio Tour App, Crocosaurus Cove ($19,611)

• Upgrades to accommodation and camping facilities as well as bushwalking tracks, Ross River Resort ($50,000)

• General upgrades, Adelaide River Tours ($9,090)

• Retrofitting of horse carriages, M P Gallagher ($9,000)

• Information services upgrade at Doubletree by Hilton Darwin ($50,000)

• Upgrade Point of Sale System (POS), Hot Tamale restaurant ($11,000)

• Permanent beautification of outdoor dining space, Rachael's Seafood Shack ($8,070)

• Reception area renovation, Gecko Canoeing ($10,000)

• Improvements to Leaders Creek Fishing Base, Bultech Pty Ltd ($50,000)

• Improvements to Youth Shack and Chillis Backpackers ($9,090)

• Café-style conversion of Dunmarra Roadhouse dining room, Boxian Holdings ($9,090)

• Upgrades to the Space Discovery Centre, Milikom Pty Ltd ($44,835)

• Undoolya Station upgrades, Broken Spur ($6,265)

• Mobile catering booth to service sunrise and sunset tours, Uluru Segway Tours ($10,000)

• Campground ablution facilities upgrade, Nitmiluk Tours ($42,964)

• Climate controlled reception area, Litchfield Tourist Park NT ($50,000)

• Solar power for a tour dinner site at Simpsons Gap, RT Tours Australia ($9,090)

• Extension of current camel racetrack, Uluru Camel Racing Club ($5,940)

• Upgrades to vessel, Streeter Pearl Lugger ($16,144)

• Upgrades to studio class room, Alice Springs School of the Air Visitor Centre ($9,955)

• Furniture and lighting upgrades, Mataranka Roadhouse ($9,085)

• Development of additional camp kitchen, MacDonnell Ranges Big4 Caravan Park ($50,000)

• Cooling of Eva's Café at George Brown Botanic Gardens ($45,000)

• Install non slip flooring at WWII tunnels, Marchant Enterprises Pty Ltd ($10,000)

• Campsite upgrades in Yulara, Remote Tours Pty Ltd ($37,380)

• Solar technology enhancement project for Trek Larapinta eco-camps, Australian Wilderness Adventures ($9,090)

• Improvements to camp ground, Bynoe Retreat ($10,000)

• Fitness centre upgrades, Doubletree by Hilton ($23,925)

• Vic courtyard beautification and cooling project, Pearl & Co Darwin ($35,315)

• Playground and multi-purpose information structure / birding pavilion, Timber Creek Hotel & Caravan Park ($29,545)

• Refurbishment of function area, Erldunda Roadhouse ($10,000)

• New wireless PA system, Katherine Outback Experience ($9,429)

• Restaurant and guest room enhancement, H on Smith Hotel ($45,454)

• Expansion of existing sunset viewing area, Kings Canyon Resort ($50,000)

• Vehicle enhancements and retrofitting, NT Bird Specialists ($8,654)

• Upgrade of public facilities, Ikuntji Artists Aboriginal Corporation ($7,000)

• Trial conversion of one Yellow Waters cruise boat to solar power, Cooinda Lodge Kakadu ($50,000)

• Improved seating at Wangi Falls Café and kitchen facilities at Litchfield Café ($10,000)

• Accommodation upgrades at Dundee, Anglers Choice Pty Ltd ($50,000)

• New pontoon at Corroboree Billabong, Wildlands Pty Ltd ($50,000)

• Expand business operation/café, Crazy Acres ($45,455)

• Upgrades to meeting room, veranda seating area and signage, Angkerle Aboriginal Corporation ($21,068)

• Upgrades to Lodge, Groote Eylandt Lodge ($40,445)

• Development of a water park at NT Adventure Park, UNO Management Services Pty Ltd ($50,000)

• New breakfast and seafood restaurant at the Waterfront, Snapper Rocks Bar and Restaurant ($50,000)

• Construct a new semi-permanent campsite on the Larapinta Trail, World Expeditions Travel Group Pty Ltd ($50,000)

View the Visitor Experience Enhancement Program (VEEP) Guidelines.

For more information contact Destination Development at or on (08) 8999 5198.

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