THE Top End is looking forward to a bumper Wet Season. with tourist numbers expected to be higher than in previous years.

Cruise ships alone will bring in almost 37,000 throughout the Wet, more than half of the total passengers during the 2015/2016 financial year in five months.

Last financial year, almost 62,500 people travelled to the Top End on cruises.

“2015-16 was the busiest ever cruise season for the NT with 45 ship visits to Darwin plus five visits to remote Aboriginal communities at Yirrkala, and on Elcho and the Tiwi Islands,” Tourism NT’s annual report stated.

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