South Australian tourism industry continues to prosper

Admiral's Arch, on Kangaroo Island.
Admiral's Arch, on Kangaroo Island.

There are more people than ever experiencing what South Australia has to offer as the rise in tourism dollars spent in the State reaches a record high.

In the latest National Visitor Survey, taken in March 2019, visitors from Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria visited in large numbers, especially travelling around regional SA.

Domestic visitors spent about $6.2 billion across the State, while international expenditure totalled about $1 billion.

Kangaroo Island is one of the regions which is experiencing a rise in tourists and tourism dollars.

Carly Bussenschutt, owner of accommodation Stowaways, said the Island was hosting an increasing number of tourists.

She said occupancy levels had increased over summer, with 72 per cent in December and near capacity during January.

"Kangaroo Island is absolutely buzzing - I have never seen this many people visiting the North Coast and Stokes Bay region," said Ms Bussenschutt.

Acting State Tourism Minister Tim Whetstone said visitors spent 15.4 million nights in regional South Australia during 4.3 million visits.

"Regions are incredibly important to the State's tourism industry with the latest data showing growth of 15 per cent, well above the overall State growth of 8 per cent," Mr Whetstone said.

"In fact, 43 cents of every tourism related dollar generated in our state is spent in the regions.

"It's great to see Australians heading to our regions in record numbers spending $2.9 billion and, in the process, creating valued economic activity and local jobs.

"South Australia's wonderful tourism assets are the talk of the country with people arriving in droves from interstate to sample our amazing food and wine or indulge in a luxury escape to take in our incredible nature and wildlife."

Mr Whetstone said the government and key stakeholders were looking to increase visitor numbers and economic benefits to $8 billion and 10,000 more jobs by 2020.

Robe jetty, in South Australia's Limestone Coast region

Robe jetty, in South Australia's Limestone Coast region

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