Domestic expenditure up for South Australia

10 December 2014

Interstate visitors are continuing to deliver important economic benefits for South Australia.

The latest National Visitor Survey results show domestic visitors spent $4.55 billion in South Australia during the 12 months to September, a 5.6 per cent increase on the previous year.

Domestic visitor nights also jumped a significant 11.5 per cent during the same period to
20.72 million.

The results come a week after figures showed record numbers of international visitors are coming to our state – 390,000 for the 12 months to September – a 7.5 per cent increase on the previous year, with expenditure by overseas tourists up 7.2 per cent to $735 million.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said South Australia’s domestic expenditure growth was well above the national average of 1.8 per cent.

“The State Government’s huge investment in the Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank precinct, along with our calendar of world-class events and festivals, are paying off,” he said.

“That government investment is being matched with private money through the construction and development of new hotels, which is helping to revitalise the city.

“The Adelaide Oval in particular is already proving to be a major tourism asset for all South Australians.
“After a very successful inaugural season of AFL, the Rolling Stones concert at the Oval attracted around 12,000 people from interstate and overseas.

“The next big event at the Oval is the ICC Cricket World Cup, which is set to bring tens of thousands of visitors to Adelaide, especially for the much anticipated clash between old rivals India and Pakistan on February 15.

“The Santos Tour Down Under in January, and the Clipsal 500 in late February, along with our festivals in March, are all sure to bring even more visitors to South Australia,” he said.

The National Visitor Survey Results are published at www.tra.gov.au

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