SA tourism numbers positive

TOURISM: An influx of international visitors is boosting local tourism.
TOURISM: An influx of international visitors is boosting local tourism.

PORT Augusta and the Flinders Ranges tourism industries contributed to a huge rise in international visitors tot he state over the past year.

International visitors injected a record $954 million into South Australia's visitor economy according to new figures out today.

In the 12 months to March 2016, spending was at an all-time high and visitor numbers to SA grew by 7.6 per cent to a record 410,000.

International Visitor Survey results show SA has achieved exceptional growth.

So much, it’s ahead of the national average.

Night visits have risen by 13 per cent – outperforming the national average of 7.6 per cent.

Visitors from the United States have soared by a massive 41 per cent, while visitors from the United Kingdom are up by 17 per cent and European expenditure up by 20 per cent.

The number of visitors from China increased by 2.4 per cent with year on year growth during the past three years.

International visitor expenditure from Asia is up 44 per cent, with China leading the way up 34 per cent.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the results are exceptional.

“(It) shows how hard the state government has worked to boost the state’s visitor economy, with a goal of growing the sector to $8 billion by 2020,” Mr Bignell said.

“Tourism is big business in terms of the jobs it sustains and creates and it is made up of thousands of small to medium size operators who do a brilliant job selling the state’s attractions.”