22 Jun 2021

State Budget wins, border updates, Winterpalooza warms up Adelaide's East End

Positive news out of the 2021-22 State Budget today with confirmation that another round of Great State Vouchers will be funded to continue targeted support for the South Australian tourism sector. 

As part of several key initiatives announced by Premier Steven Marshall, $4 million was allocated to fund the winter voucher scheme and another round of vouchers for later this year. 

The Premier also confirmed additional funding to support a range of activations in the CBD and ongoing funding of the Leisure Events Bid Fund, designed to attract extra festivals and events across the state. 

These projects are all important investments in our sector and continue the strong focus the South Australian Tourism Commission has had on recovering our record $8.1 billion visitor economy. 

We are working hard to ensure our regions and CBD have the support needed to bounce back, through initiatives such as the Great State Vouchers, the $20 million Tourism Industry Development Fund, and an extra $1 million for regional events. 

We’re seeing more people than ever before visiting our state’s key tourism portal, southaustralia.com in the last 12 months, and record occupancy in regional SA. 

Thank you to everyone who works with, and for, our amazing, world-class tourism sector.

We continue to stand with you as we negotiate the new COVID normal landscape. 

Read on for further updates for SA's tourism industry, including today's changes to travel restrictions to SA.

Rodney Harrex
Chief Executive

Updates to SA's border restrictions

South Australia will reopen its borders to travellers from Greater Melbourne this Friday – terrific news as we lead into the school holidays, and a decision that will be welcomed by our cross-border destinations as well as CBD operators. 

The changes come into effect from 12:01am on Friday 25 June, but travellers will need to isolate until they receive a negative day one test and will also need to get tests on days three and five. They'll also be banned from attending high-risk locations, such as aged care homes and major events.  

Restrictions are still in place for several hot spots in NSW, with some concern around Bondi and Bondi Junction.

Keep up to date with travel restrictions at the SA Government COVID-19 information site

Adelaide's East End warms up for Winterpalooza

Adelaide is getting ready to celebrate its new ranking as Australia’s most liveable city with a winter street party in the East End.  

With fire pits, live music and great South Australian food, wine and beverages, the Vardon Avenue and Ebenezer Place precinct will come alive, showcasing everything that is vibrant about the city.  

Presented by the South Australian Tourism Commission with support from local vendors, the Winterpalooza East End Street Party will run from 5pm until 11pm, Friday 25 June.  

Local bars and restaurants will activate in the laneways, and there will be entertainers and live music on the Vardon Avenue stage. So why not knock off early and head to the East End on Friday night?!


See the full Industry Update - 22 June 2021 here.