Lockdowns and border closures have seen Katherine tourism struggle.
But instead of focusing on the negative, several motel and hotels are rolling with the punches.
Having come to Katherine for a quick three year stay, it ended up being a 18 year permanent arrangement for St Andrew's Serviced Apartments, Paul Mullins.
"I started here in 2004 and have never left," Mr Mullins said.
"It's been 18 years here in Katherine. Staffing has been the biggest issue for us throughout these lockdowns. But, we are sitting alright at the moment.
"I would say that I have lost around $150,000 worth of bookings in the last three months.
"In saying that, what can't get into the territory, also can't get out. I think it's going to get scarier with three borders closed.
"WA are playing hardball, but good on them. Between NT and WA, I believe we've been the smartest in the country with border closings.
"Hopefully we can get out of this situation quicker than expected."
Mullins has a great social idea for all Katherine visitors and community members in the near future.
"Katherine Race Day, Saturday August 14. Be there," Mr Mullins said.
"As the president of the turf club, it's going to be a fantastic day out."
Marketing Manager for the Adams Group, Chris Monk said their Katherine based hotels have also faced difficulties from COVID restrictions.
"We've got the Stuart Hotel and the Pine Tree Motel here in Katherine with the Adams Group," Mr Monk said.
"The flight/drive customers purely hurt once the lockdown happened. We usually receive around 30-40 calls within the first 24 hours regarding cancellations.
"At the end of the day, lockdowns do cause the loss of a bit of business. Before the lockdowns happened, we were pretty much full for August and most of September.
"We also missed out on a lot of potential long term customers with the works at Tindal works."
Before lockdown, things were great for the Adams Group hotels, but they are still making the most of their opportunities and showing stayers an excellent time.
"The high season was good for us, March-April was really good," Mr Monk said.
"June and July have also been pretty good.
"We did lose about $50,000 worth of bookings though. If you poke your head out the window, you'll see a caravan pass by every three seconds, so there is still money about town, which is great. The Katherine Show also helped a lot. Territory Day was also bungled a bit and should have been held.
"We're hoping there are no further delays so people can enjoy their NT holidays. We have 50 rooms at the Pine Tree.
"There are people who can struggle to find a room. We have very good rates, buffet breakfast and charging up to $350 for one of the last rooms in town is just ridiculous."
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