Published on : Tuesday, September 15, 2020
To all the tourism operators of the state, the South Australian Government is providing grants of up to $500,000. It would boost up the sector as it gets well post the shutdowns due to coronavirus.
Premier Steven Marshall explained that the $20 million Tourism Industry Development Fund was anticipated to generate 1,400 ongoing jobs directly into the sector.
The grant is valued at between $20,000 and $500,000. Of a new project, it will fund up to almost 30 per cent, such as a new overhaul, tourism experience or visitor transport option.
The tourism sector of South Australia experienced a sharp drop as in March the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australia.
In April 2020, local operators in South Australia took in about 630,000 fewer visitors compared to the same month last year, as per the National Visitor Survey of Tourism Research Australia.
The visitor numbers in terms of overnight stays started recovering through May and June, but were still 40 per cent low from those same months last year.
However mR Marshall stated that there had since been a “silver lining” in regards to the market of domestic tourism with closed borders compelling the holidaymakers to “explore their own backyard”.
He also mentioned that the State Government was expecting that the grants would give confidence to this trend.
“There’s been a slight silver lining to the COVID-19 [pandemic] for regional tourism,” Mr Marshall said, addressing media in the Adelaide Hills town of Hahndorf.
“People who have traditionally, in winter, travelled overseas are now saying: ‘Well, look, let’s make this an annual trip to outback South Australia or an annual trip to regional South Australia.’