Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Listed Must See Destination By Lonely Planet

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Listed Must See Destination By Lonely Planet

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail Named By Lonely Planet As Top New Destination

Victor P Taffa

 

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has been listed as one of the world’s top new travel destinations in 2017 by leading international travel authority, Lonely Planet.

World’s number one guidebook publisher and global authority on travel, has listed the Wilderness Trail as number 3 on its 2017 new destination list, highlighting the trail to millions of potential travellers around the world.

“The fact that the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail has been listed in the top 3 of Lonely Planet’s new travel destinations in 2017 will promote the trail to millions around the world.” Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said.

In October 2016 Lonely Planet named South Australia as one of the top five must-see regions for 2017, describing the state as ‘delicious feast suitable to anyone’s taste’.

“The Island’s tourism industry is worth around $54 Million a year and employs 560 people. The Trail is expected to boost those figures by around $4.4 Million a year by 2020 and provide up to 30 ongoing jobs for Kangaroo Islanders, as well as 20 on the mainland.” Mr. Hunter said.

This follows Lonely Planet’s endorsement of Adelaide in 2014 when the city was ranked as one of the Top 10 Cities in the world to visit.

SA Minister for Sustainability Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

$5.8 Million Wilderness Trail was a State Government commitment at the last election, designed to strengthen Kangaroo Island’s reputation as an international tourist destination.

Hundreds have already booked to walk the five-day, four-night adventure which stretches for 61 km along the south-west coast of the Island through Flinders Chase National Park and finishing at the stunning Kelly Hill Caves.

Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a key pillar of the State Government’s nature-based tourism strategy: Nature Like Nowhere Else.

Nature-based trips account for $1.1 Billion in expenditure in SA each year, and the Strategy aims to inject $350 Million a year into the economy and create 1,000 new jobs by 2020.