Kangaroo Island helps set record high SA $7.6 billion tourism spend

KI FIGURES: Tourism data for Kangaroo Island from December 2013 to June 2019 released by the State Government.

KI FIGURES: Tourism data for Kangaroo Island from December 2013 to June 2019 released by the State Government.

South Australia's tourism sector has hit a new record, with an all-time-high $7.6 billion spent by visitors to the State over the past year - and Kangaroo Island is one of the regions on the rise.

New data from December 2013 to June 2019 for Kangaroo Island shows:

  • Domestic and international overnight visits have grown 40 per cent to 169,000.
  • Domestic and international nights have grown 15 per cent to 585,000.
  • Total domestic and international expenditure has reached $140 million - up 35 per cent.

South Australian Tourism Commission CEO Rodney Harrex said thesenew figures gave the tourism industry great confidence, and showed SA was heading in the right direction.

"We want to build a strong and competitive sector. We have great partnerships with the dedicated operators right across SA, all working towards the same goal," Mr Harrex said.

"The tourism sector employs around 38,900 people across 18,000 businesses - accommodation providers, tourism experiences, tours and more, and I can tell you they are all totally invested in this industry and should be rightly proud of what they contribute to South Australia.

"It's great news for the entire Kangaroo Island, and to all of the people who work in this industry and proudly put SA on the map each and every day."

For more information on the National and International Visitor Survey visit www.tra.gov.au

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