Cruise ships are adding remote coastal communities to their itineraries, creating new tourism opportunities. The Silver Discoverer with 40 mainly American tourists made several key stops in remote communities on its way to Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
A working group consisting of Department of Business, Department of Chief Minister, Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Local Government and Community Services, Tourism NT and Many Rivers helped the community prepare for the trip.
Our Gove Field Officer, Jarrod Ellis worked with Banthay and the Banthula Homeland for about 3 months before the event. Jarrod was able to provide assistance in developing an approximate timetable and runsheet for the event as well as a small business plan and cash flow. With the feedback from the cruise ship, Jarrod will continue to work with the communities to refine the experience, open a small community shop and teach a few members to manage the financial side of the business.