The International and National Visitor survey results for the year ending June 2019 show that South Australia had strong growth in domestic expenditure, while international expenditure was down. Overall, the visitor economy in South Australia is now worth $7.6 billion.

Interstate expenditure showed the most substantial growth of 21 per cent to $2,517 million, which is well above the national average of 12 per cent. 

  • Intrastate expenditure was up 20 per cent to $2,334 million (national average was up 17 per cent).
  • Day trips expenditure was up 2 per cent to $1,638 million (national average was up 13 per cent).
  • International expenditure was down 5 per cent to $1,083 million (national average was up 5 per cent).

The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC), representing over 8000 local tourism enterprises, said the tourist visitor and spending growth figures released by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) and headlined by a strong domestic sector, needed to be celebrated and acknowledge that industry and all-of-government support behind a cohesive national tourism strategy is working.

Photo: Bunyeroo Valley, Ben Goode