South Australia Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway
Room At The Inn
Victor P Taffa
It’s been a disappointing September quarter for South Australian tourist operators, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
It shows tourist accommodation establishments with more than 15 rooms had a seasonally adjusted room occupancy rate of just 62 %.
“This is the second lowest occupancy rate of all states.” lamented Shadow Tourism Minister David Ridgway.
“We were beaten for bottom place by the smallest state, Tasmania.”
“This is a dismal result.”
The national average room occupancy rate for the same period was 65.6 %.
“Why should we accept such a disappointing performance? Why doesn’t the Government do more to help fill these empty rooms?” Mr. Ridgway asked.
“We’ve got the scenery, we’ve got the trained staff, we’ve got the infrastructure. What we haven’t got are the tourists.”
“Tourism Minister Gail Gago must be living in a field of dreams if she thinks all we have to do is build it, and they will come.” Mr. Ridgway said.
“Tourism is a three billion dollar a year industry in South Australia, but we’re being overtaken by other States which are doing a better job competing for the tourist dollar.”
“Ms. Gago has to understand that tourism is more than a holiday. It’s an industry vital to this State, and she has to work harder or hand it over to a more competent minister.” Mr. Ridgway said.