EP avoids tourism number drop


VISITING: Tourists continue to make their way to the Eyre Peninsula despite the decline in other regions. DESPITE a massive decline in South Australia’s regional tourism numbers Eyre Peninsula has defied the trend to record an increase in visitors.
Nanjing Night Net

In a boost for the region’s economy, visitors spent an added 8500 nights on Lower Eyre Peninsula during the 2013/14 financial year compared to the previous financial year.

While the increase may seem small, when compared to the deficits in other South Australian regions, it could be considered substantial.

The areas that saw the biggest decline in nights spent included the Flinders Ranges (333,000), Yorke Peninsula (252,000) and Limestone Coast (41,000).

Tourism shadow minister David Ridgway condemned the state government after figures showed more than half of the state’s regional towns were struggling.

“South Australia prides itself on its regions so it is very disappointing to see seven of our 12 tourism regions record a decrease in visitor nights,” Mr Ridgway said.

“Decreasing visitor nights is affecting small tourism business operators and jobs growth throughout regional South Australia.”

Other areas that suffered losses included the Fleurieu Peninsula, Limestone Coast, Kangaroo Island and Clare Valley.

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