High fuel prices worry Territory tourism industry

A peak tourism body in the Northern Territory says high petrol prices could have a negative impact on the upcoming tourist season.

Nationally, the average petrol price has hit 152c a litre, the highest level since April last year.

In the Territory, the average is 13c higher, at 165c a litre.

Tourism Top-End general manager Trevor Cox says that, if the high prices continue, many tourists will spend more cautiously.

"It does have an impact on us," he said.

"Longer visitors, such as the caravans and campers who travel throughout the Territory, are going to be affected by the amount of disposable income they have to spend once they are in the Territory." But he says most tourism industry operators remain positive about the season ahead.

"Hopefully, this will just be blip on the graph, and people will still venture to the Territory in greater numbers than before," he said.

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