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A message from the South Australian Tourism Commission
Chief Executive Rodney Harrex:

As COVID-19 related restrictions ease, the South Australian Tourism Commission is supporting the state’s tourism industry to start to re-open businesses and welcome back visitors. 

We acknowledge the monumental impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our state's tourism industry. Decisions to restrict borders and put in place social distancing measures, are unprecedented and necessary to protect public health.   

The SATC has been working closely with SA Health providing advice and feedback gathered directly from regional community leaders and tourism representatives, to help inform the plan for lifting restrictions on tourism and hospitality.

The 3-step road map outlined by the State Government provides a solid framework for our sector to plan and move forward, and we will continue to assist operators to help them get through this crisis and to rebound.

Before COVID-19, the South Australian visitor economy was at an all-time high – reaching a record $8.1 billion in visitor expenditure, and being recognised across the world as an innovative and creative leader in tourism. This gives us an outstanding platform from which to launch again and we’re here to support our operators every step of the way. 

Rodney Harrex
Chief Executive 


See below collated resources and information to assist the tourism sector. 

To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, please refer to the links listed below or see the State Government COVID-19 website at covid-19.sa.gov.au, which contains essential information for all South Australians. 

Coronavirus COVID-19
Essential information for the tourism sector on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tourism Industry Support

The South Australian Government announced a significant financial support package to help local tourism operators and partners to survive these difficult times.

The $5.7 million package encompasses five different programs each targeting a different need in the industry; including two immediate financial support programs, both of which are now closed. For details, see our Tourism Response Portal here. If you have any questions relating to the Small Tourism Business Grant Fund or the Regional Event Grant Fund, please email tourismresponse@sa.gov.au.

$10,000 Cash Grants for Small Businesses

A one-off $10,000 emergency cash grant from the State Government is available to help small businesses that have suffered loss of income or have been forced to close due to coronavirus-related restrictions. 

COVID-19 Information