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Northern Territory wants more backpackers

The local government in Australia is hoping to attract more backpackers and gap year travellers on Northern Territory tours this year.

Some 92,000 people embarked on backpacking trips in the Northern Territory in 2008, an increase of seven per cent on the previous year.

The state government is hoping to boost that number further this year by launching a campaign that includes a partnership with the online traveller forum gapyear.com.

Tourism minister Chris Burns said: "We’ve worked hard to increase the number of backpackers coming to the Territory and we want to see even more backpackers travelling across the NT.

"That’s why we’ve joined with gapyear.com to promote the Territory and help independent travellers plan their trip down under."

Two travel guides have been produced for publication on gapyear.com, one focusing on Kakadu and the other exploring the whole of the Northern Territory.

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