The marshall Island tourism industry has struggled to maintain a sustainable business model amid a significant downturn in visitor numbers and declining numbers of people visiting the islands.
A report by the Tourism Council of New South Wales (TCNS) has highlighted a significant shortfall in the number of tourists visiting the island, particularly during peak tourist season.
The report, published today, found that despite the island’s high profile status as a tourist destination, the tourism industry had experienced a sharp decline in visitor levels.
The research by TCNS, released today, said the decline in tourism numbers had impacted tourism facilities on the island including hotels, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
The researchers, who were tasked with reviewing the tourism sector on the islands in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 financial years, found a significant reduction in visitor spending from 2016 to 2018, with the total amount spent on accommodation and services on the Island falling by 40 per cent.
The NT Government also flagged a number of problems with the marshal Islands tourism sector, with a decline in the amount of people travelling from the mainland to the islands and a decrease in the percentage of the population visiting the Island.
The Government said the NT Government was working with stakeholders to help mitigate these issues and create an environment where tourism and the economy can thrive.
The study also found that there were some challenges facing the marshland tourism sector with the decline of tourism revenues, as well as significant gaps in the knowledge and skills required to operate and manage tourism activities on the Islands.
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