Tourism generates $134 million for Kangaroo Island

26 August 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

New data shows tourism contributed $134 million to Kangaroo Island’s regional economy and directly employed 500 people.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the South Australian Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts Report shows tourism also indirectly employed 900 people and accounts for 64.9 per cent of the region’s employment.

The report, from July 2013 to June 2014, also outlines the significance of major tourism subsectors - retail trade, accommodation, food services and transport and the importance of indirect industries such as agriculture and processed food sectors.

“The visitor economy remains one of regional South Australia’s most important industries,” Mr Bignell said.

“The most significant tourism products for Kangaroo Island are long distance transport; takeaway and restaurant meals; and accommodation. The most important industries providing the highest economic benefit to Kangaroo Island were accommodation; air, water and other transport; and other retail trade.

“This report is the first time such comprehensive analysis of the state’s regions has been compiled. Overall it shows tourism directly employed 32,100 South Australians in 2013-14 and of that, 11,700 people were directly employed by tourism in regional South Australia,” he said.

“There is also a further 14,900 indirect employees in regional SA, bringing the total of regional state tourism employment up to 26,600.

“The State Government knows the significance of the visitor economy in our regions.

“That’s why in this year’s State Budget we allocated an unprecedented $35 million over two years to promote South Australia to domestic and key international markets, to secure new major events and conferences and create thousands of tourism-related jobs.”

The funding includes $14 million on growing tourism marketing opportunities in China, India and South East Asia as well as traditional markets of the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and New Zealand and $6 million on marketing campaigns to promote Adelaide and regional tourism experiences to the Australian market.

To read the report visit: http://www.tourism.sa.gov.au/research-and-reports/regional-tourism-profiles.aspx

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