Visitors to SA spend record $7.2 billion in year

South Australia has recorded a $7.2 billion annual tourist spend, with interstate visitors contributing $6.2 billion.

Visitors to South Australia spent a record $7.2 billion over a year, a national survey shows.

The results for the year ended March 2019, found the majority of visitors came from Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria.

They spent $6.2 billion in SA, while international travellers contributed $1 billion.

SA Tourism Commission chief Rodney Harrex credited the state’s ‘Tell us Where’ and ‘Rewards Wonder’ campaigns for the strong result.

“These numbers are fantastic especially given the fierce competition for the tourism dollar, but we are not resting on our laurels,” he said.

Acting tourism minister Tim Whetstone said the state’s regions had benefited the most with spending growth of more than 15 per cent, compared to the SA state average of eight per cent.

“It’s great to see Australians heading to our regions in record numbers,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The National Visitor Survey is compiled from federal government data.

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