South Australia’s National Visitor Expenditure Up 8 % Year Ending June 2018

South Australia’s National Visitor Expenditure Up 8 % Year Ending June 2018

South Australia Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment David Ridgway

Domestic Tourism Reaches Record Heights

Victor P Taffa

Latest tourism data shows South Australia’s national visitor expenditure has reached a record level of $5.6 Billion, up 8 % for the year ending June 2018.

“There is so much to choose from in South Australia and its fantastic to see more Aussies and South Aussies are making the most of our great experiences.” Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said.

“South Australians are choosing to holiday at home, keeping important tourism dollars in the state, while an increase in interstate visitors is attracting new money for local businesses.”

“Marshall Government is investing in key tourism initiatives which drives more dollars into our economy and supports more South Australian jobs.” Minister Ridgway said.


“Tourism is booming in regional South Australia. Our outback landscapes and other assets are attracting 62 % of all domestic visits that’s huge.”

“It’s great news all round for the industry. When people choose South Australia, they are supporting locals throughout the supply chain, which ultimately supports jobs in our state.” Minister Ridgway said.

Overnight visitation to and within South Australia has grown to a record high 6.5 Million, up 5 %. Key interstate markets include:

  • Queensland, up 13 %,
  • Victoria, up 10 %,
  • New South Wales, up 8 %.

Our regional areas are reaping the rewards too, with regional visitation growing to a record 4 Million visits and 14.4 Million nights.

South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex, said we are proud of the performance of the visitor economy.

“Our record of delivering quality events, our marketing efforts, hardworking operators and exceptional experiences are propelling the State forward.” Mr. Harrex said.

“Recent feedback from our tourism operators has been extremely upbeat, which suggests we can expect a positive outlook for the remainder of the year.”

“I look forward to seeing this strong growth continue, with the state’s new tourism campaign ‘Rewards Wonder’ expected to further strengthen visitation and fill our hotels, bars and restaurants.”

“With the Christmas break fast approaching, I encourage all South Australians to take the time to explore their own backyard we’ve got something wonderful to be discovered everywhere you look.” Mr. Harrex said.