Record growth for tourism

EYRE Peninsula has helped the South Australian tourism sector reach an all-time high visitor spend of $7.6 billion.

Statistics from the latest International and National Visitor Survey results show the total growth in visitor expenditure is up 12 per cent from last year.

Acting Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Tim Whetstone said interstate overnight visitation to regional South Australia had increased 10 per cent to 1.1 million overnight visitors.

Overnight visitors to Eyre Peninsula grew from 342,000 in the 2017/18 financial year to 575,000 in the 2018/19 financial year.

"While it is great for South Australia across the board, it is particularly pleasing for the regional tourism operators, who are getting good results from their hard work and realising strong growth," Mr Whetstone said.

Data from December 2013 to June 2019 for the Eyre Peninsula also shows domestic and international overnight visits have grown 23 per cent to 460,000.

According to that data the region's domestic and international expenditure also increased by 29 per cent to $385 million, up from $298 million in 2013.

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the figures from the survey gave the industry confidence and showed it was heading in the right direction.

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

"We have great partnerships with the dedicated operators right across SA, all working towards the same goal."