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Published on : Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Kangaroo Island’s airport will get a long-awaited upgrade, enabling direct interstate flights from Sydney and Melbourne for domestic and international visitors. The upgrade is expected to inject almost $30 million into the economy, within five years of the new airport’s operation.
When complete, the upgraded airport is expected to bring more than 30,000 additional visitors to the Island.
Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of South Australian Tourism Commission said, “This upgrade will be a game changer for Kangaroo Island and will boost both visitor numbers and unlock huge opportunities for the Island. I congratulate the Kangaroo Island Council and the broader community that worked tirelessly to ensure this project received the Federal and State funding.”
“We have an ambitious goal of reaching $8 billion in tourism expenditure by 2020 and these large scale infrastructure upgrades will play an important role in delivering that target.”
“The South Australian Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts Report shows tourism contributed $134 million to Kangaroo Island’s regional economy and directly employed 500 people. Tourism also indirectly employed 900 people and accounts for 64.9 per cent of the region’s employment.”
The opportunity for Kangaroo Island extends beyond tourism and also opens up food export opportunities for local farmers.
The Minister for Cities and the Built Environment, Jamie Briggs, today revealed a $9 million federal funding boost to kick-start the project, which includes an extended runway, new cargo processing facilities and a larger terminal.
“The South Australian Tourism Commission is working across key domestic and international markets to ensure Kangaroo Island is an internationally and domestically recognised destination of choice and appeal through its marketing efforts, and this announcement will help bring more visitors to the Island as it opens up more direct access,” said Mr Harrex.
“Our marketing efforts to promote Adelaide and all South Australian regions across key markets will help increase the appeal for our State for visitors.”
This project will significantly boost local employment opportunities with 25 direct jobs created during construction and over 230 jobs more broadly within five years.
Source:- Tourism Commisssion