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30 March 2010
Kakadu National Park will launch its tourism master plan at a meeting of tourism industry leaders in Darwin tonight.
Environment Protection Minister Peter Garrett said the plan opens up opportunities for new experiences and visitor infrastructure at Kakadu over the next decade.
"Over recent years Kakadu tourism has broken new ground, with connection to Aboriginal culture now at the heart of the visitor experience, a great step forward for the park," Mr Garrett said.
"Kakadu's Shared Tourism Vision has led to a host of new Indigenous tourism experiences, including the triple award-winning Kakadu Culture Camp.
"We can now see the next steps in Kakadu's tourism journey. We know there's demand for more small -scale accommodation and new Indigenous businesses - and untapped potential for visitors to come in all six seasons and stay for longer.
"This plan puts some fantastic ideas on the table, from open-air theatres and eco-lodges through to culture camps for school kids and Indigenous fishing tours.
"The tourism master plan maps out an exciting future for tourism in Kakadu, with new ideas for tours, facilities and other business opportunities."
The park has already started work on a number of the plan's recommendations:
Mr Garrett said the plan had been finalised after extensive consultation with the tourism industry, traditional owners and the public, and implementing it would require the same partnership approach.
"This plan doesn't list a final set of future projects - instead it identifies gaps in the market and explains how businesses can take advantage of them," Mr Garrett said.
"There are great opportunities for new and established tourism players to plan their future in the park and this plan sets clear directions for the tourism industry and the park to work together."
For Kakadu's tourism master plan visit www.environment.gov.au/parks/kakadu