New tourism projects approved in South Australian region
Twelve tourism projects in South Australia’s region will receive grants in the latest round of the Tourism Industry Development Fund (TDIF). These grants were initiated by the Marshall Liberal Government to give the regional economies a boost, creating nearly 700 jobs.
“One of the key aims of the TIDF is to create new jobs and develop skills,” Premier Steven Marshall said. “We know from the latest Tourism Research Australia data that January 2021 has been the best month since the pandemic began. Visits, nights and expenditure were the highest for a month since March 2020.”
With a strong intrastate market and recovering interstate market, there is a pipeline of new and exciting experiences to keep visitors coming back to South Australia’s regions.
Managing Director and Owner of Adelaide Biplanes on the Fleurieu Peninsula Martyn Smith said the business’s $28,517 grant will help them invest in offering the most awesome flying experiences imaginable.
“Like every other tourism operator out there, once international and interstate borders closed, we lost almost all of our customers overnight which was absolutely devastating,” Mr Smith said.
“The TIDF grant has allowed us to invest in upgrades to our 1940 DH82 Tiger Moth and 8KCAB Decathlon in the form of complete fabric restoration. This will help us continue to offer the most beautiful, awe-inspiring and unique vintage experiences to local, interstate and international visitors to the Fleurieu Peninsula. We are excited for the future ahead!”
Meanwhile, Jim Barry Wines in the Clare Valley will be receiving a $220,000 grant for The Mill Street Retreat. The $770,000 project will see four, one-bedroom luxury apartments built in the heart of the beautiful wine region.
Managing Director of Jim Barry Wines Peter Barry said the TIDF funding will help attract high value travellers from around Australia to the region, boosting the local economy.
“The Mill Street Retreat will deliver new holiday apartments to a region which is desperately short on accommodation options, especially at the high end. It will also create new jobs and genuine employment pathways for the Clare Valley community. We have used local tradespeople throughout the development, further stimulating the local economy.” Mr Barry said.
“I would like to thank Steven Marshall and his government for having the vision and foresight to deliver this funding. It has given us the confidence to take the gamble and develop this boutique accommodation experience in the Clare Valley.”
The twelve new tourist projects bring the total number of projects funded under the program to 42, with a combined value of $25 million – spread across all 11 of South Australia’s tourism regions. The $20 million fund runs until 31 March 2022 or until all funds have been allocated.