Tourism spend at record high
The Flinders Ranges and Outback has helped South Australian tourism hit a record high spend of $7.6 billion.
Tourism numbers in the region continue to climb as its rugged, unique beauty constantly proves popular with visitors from interstate and overseas.
Latest data shows that domestic and international overnight visits have now grown 39 per cent to 747,000.
Total domestic and international expenditure has now reached $447 million, up 41 per cent. Domestic and international nights have grown 46 per cent to 3.3 million.
The updated data, from December 2013 to June 2019, comes as four tourism businesses in the Flinders Ranges and Outback have been named as finalists in the South Australian Tourism Awards.
They are the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden at Port Augusta, the Blinman Heritage Mine, Flinders Bush Retreats at Hawker and Pichi Richi Railway at Quorn.
South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex, welcomed the latest news.
"These new figures give the tourism industry great confidence, and shows we are all heading in the right direction together," he said.
"We want to build a strong and competitive sector. We have great partnerships with the dedicated operators right across SA, all working towards the same goal."
"The tourism sector employs around 38,900 people across 18,000 businesses - accommodation providers, tourism experiences, tours and more, and I can tell you they are all totally invested in this industry and should be rightly proud of what they contribute to South Australia."
"It's great news for the entire Flinders Ranges and Outback region, and to all of the people who work in this industry and proudly put SA on the map each and every day."