Kangaroo Island Airport and Adelaide Oval

07 December 2015

Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade

Kangaroo Island’s airport will get a long-awaited upgrade, enabling direct interstate flights from Sydney and Melbourne for domestic and international visitors. The upgrade is expected to inject almost $30 million into the economy, within five years of the new airport’s operation.

When complete, the upgraded airport is expected to bring more than 30,000 additional visitors to the Island.

Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of South Australian Tourism Commission said, “This upgrade will be a game changer for Kangaroo Island and will boost both visitor numbers and unlock huge opportunities for the Island. I congratulate the Kangaroo Island Council and the broader community that worked tirelessly to ensure this project received the Federal and State funding.”

“We have an ambitious goal of reaching $8 billion in tourism expenditure by 2020 and these large scale infrastructure upgrades will play an important role in delivering that target.”

“The South Australian Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts Report shows tourism contributed $134 million to Kangaroo Island’s regional economy and directly employed 500 people. Tourism also indirectly employed 900 people and accounts for 64.9 per cent of the region’s employment.”

The opportunity for Kangaroo Island extends beyond tourism and also opens up food export opportunities for local farmers.

The Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, Jamie Briggs, today revealed a $9 million federal funding boost to kick-start the project, which includes an extended runway, new cargo processing facilities and a larger terminal.

“The South Australian Tourism Commission is working across key domestic and international markets to ensure Kangaroo Island is an internationally and domestically recognised destination of choice and appeal through its marketing efforts, and this announcement will help bring more visitors to the Island as it opens up more direct access," said Mr Harrex.

“Our marketing efforts to promote Adelaide and all South Australian regions across key markets will help increase the appeal for our State for visitors.”

This project will significantly boost local employment opportunities with 25 direct jobs created during construction and over 230 jobs more broadly within five years. For more information click here.


Adelaide Oval to host 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier next March

The SATC is also delighted to announce that the Socceroos will play Tajikistan at Adelaide Oval in a crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Thursday 24 March, 2016. This is one of the most important games in the Socceroos International calendar and Adelaide will be playing host.

This game - much like the world first international day-night test series played recently at Adelaide Oval - will draw global attention and will be broadcast to a large national audience on Fox Sports and SBS, as well as across Asia and the world, to millions of football fans eager to see if the Asian Champions can maintain their position on top of their qualifying group.

The Socceroos will participate in a training camp in Adelaide during the week leading up to the game giving fans even more opportunity to see their idols in action around this great city.

Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of South Australian Tourism Commission said, “Fans will no doubt use the opportunity to spend some time in the CBD enjoying the vibrant city atmosphere created by the myriad of small bars and restaurants and enjoy the outstanding food and wine that our city and State are renowned for.

“The State Government has committed $10 million over two years to attract new events to South Australia and this is a great example of the calibre of sporting event the SATC strives to secure for our State.”

This news comes on the back of an already exciting news packed month, where South Australia has secured the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open Golf and the 2017 Pacific School Games adding to our already jam-packed schedule that includes the Santos Tour Down Under, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, WOMADelaide, Clipsal 500 Adelaide and many, many more.

“We encourage you to get in on the action and book tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets for the match go on sale to Members of the Football Family today with tickets available to the General Public from 11am on Wednesday, December 9 through Ticketek.

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