Adventure tourism funded

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

Thrill boat rides, nighttime marine adventures, and the transformation of a shed into accommodation have all received funding boosts from the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures and Emu Bay Fishing Charters are Kangaroo Island's two recent recipients of grants through the Tourism Industry Development Fund.

At Kangaroo Island Marine Adventures, the team will be upgrading a vessel with an environmentally-friendly engine to allow for greater range and opportunities for dive charters, and offering new tours such a night discovery tour and thrill rides with banana boat equipment.

They scored $30,034 through the grant program for the $100,115 project.

Emu Bay Fishing Charters will be turning an existing shed dwelling at Kingscote into a cottage-style accommodation, which will complement its charter business.

Their grant was for $33,377 and the total cost of the project is $111,259.

Premier Steven Marshall said the grants would help businesses "to improve, expand and diversify, to recover quicker and come back stronger" from the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry.

He said boosting investment in regional tourism was a key part of restoring the visitor economy and job numbers.

"This year we've seen regional tourism absolutely booming, reaching occupancy levels never before seen," he said.

"We acted swiftly post-pandemic to roll out this fund and support South Australian regional businesses to attract even more visitors, who will stay longer and have more reasons to spend."

Funding is available to tourism operators until March 31, 2022 or until the $20 million pool runs dry.

Businesses can apply for grants from $20,000 to $500,000 to cover up to 30 per cent of the total project cost.

For more information about the program, visit www.tourism.sa.gov.au/support/tourism-industry-development-fund

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