The South Australian Visitor Economy

Results: for year end September 2022

Released: December 2022

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the South Australian Visitor Economy.

Top points from the report:

  • Total South Australian visitor expenditure for the year end September 2022, combining International and Domestic expenditure, came to $7.3 billion, down 10 per cent on the year-end December 2019.
  • Regional visitor expenditure (including international) came to $3.8 billion, up 6 per cent on the pre-COVID December 2019.
  • Adelaide expenditure when compared to pre-COVID December 2019 fell 22 per cent to $3.5 billion.
The Obelisk, Limestone Coast
The Obelisk, Limestone Coast

Value of Tourism


Released: Quarterly

This fact sheet includes top level information which provides a snapshot of South Australia's position in the market.

Read the domestic and international performance fact sheet here. 

Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills
Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills


  • South Australia attracted 6.7 million domestic overnight trips, down 17 per cent on December 2019.
  • There were 24.4 million domestic nights in South Australia, a decline of 12 per cent on December 2019.
  • Total domestic expenditure in South Australia was $7.0 billion, up 2 per cent on the previous high of $6.9 billion in December 2019.
  • Day trips expenditure was up 2 per cent to $1.7 billion.


  • International visits and expenditure in South Australia have fallen by 81 and 75 per cent respectively compared to December 2019 when both visits and expenditure were at record highs.
  • Visitation has fallen by 81 per cent to 95,000.
  • Expenditure has fallen by 75 per cent to $307 million.
  • Nights have fallen 64 per cent to 3.9 million.

Notes: For details of the NVS methodology changes in this release please refer to

  • What are the strategies for growing tourism in South Australia? Strategic Plans
  • How many international travellers visit South Australia, where do they come from and how much do they spend? International Performance
  • How many Australians visit South Australia, where do they come from and how much do they spend? Domestic Performance



The State Tourism Satellite Account provides measures of tourism gross domestic product, tourism gross value added, tourism trade and employment in tourism. 

Top points from the report

  • The results of the 2020-21 State Satellite Account show the full impacts of the COVID pandemic on the South Australian visitor economy.
  • People employed directly in tourism in South Australia decreased 6.5% to 37,300 in the Year Ending June 2021.
  • The tourism industry indirectly employed an additional 19,200 bringing total employment to 56,500 which is 4.2% lower than the previous year.
  • The Goss Value Add of tourism in South Australia showed some declines from the impact of COVID with a direct value of $2.3b and an additional indirect value of $2.1b. These results represent 19.8% and 19.1% decreases from the previous year.

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South Australian Visitor Economy

FACT SHEET: Results for year ending September 2022. Released: December 2022.

Value of Tourism - South Australia

FACT SHEET: Results for Year Ending September 2022 - Released: December 2022.

State Tourism Satellite Account Summary

SUMMARY: Results for 2020-21
Released: May 2022