Another 10 regional tourism businesses are set to receive grants under the Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF), bringing the total amount of funding over the TIDF’s lifespan to $5 million.
The latest round of successful projects includes a major distillery upgrade, construction of eco-cabins and a houseboat refurbishment.
To date, 31 projects have been approved under the South Australian Tourism Commission’s TIDF across nine of the state’s 11 regions, valued at more than $20 million.
Premier Steven Marshall said boosting visitation to SA’s beautiful regions is key to helping the state’s tourism industry recover.
“With regional South Australia seeing record occupancy levels in December 2020, it’s important we build on this momentum to help get our visitor economy back to its record $8.1 billion pre-pandemic level.
“The best way to do this is to invest in new and refurbished accommodation and exciting tourism products and experiences to give people more reasons to keep on coming back to our regions.
“This fund is simultaneously creating local jobs while future proofing our regional tourism sector,” Premier Marshall said.
Craig ‘Hassie’ Haslam, owner/operator of Australian Wildlife Adventures on the Eyre Peninsula said the funding will be a ‘game-changer’ for the region.
“COVID-19 has slapped our industry, operators and local economy around. Once international borders shut, I woke up to find my business had evaporated overnight,” Mr Haslam said.
“We’ve dusted ourselves off and taken the opportunity to re-shape what we do. We’re now focussing on small, luxury group tours for the domestic market and our TIDF grant will help us bring a new type of visitor to the Eyre Peninsula.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our region to grow and the benefits of the funding will be seen by many local businesses from the fish shop right through to our amazing region which ticks all the boxes: we have seafood, wine, wildlife and adventure.”
Mighty Craft Managing Director Mark Haysman said the Kangaroo Island Distillery was thrilled to be partnering with the SATC to expand the distillery, grow the KIS brand and add to the KI tourist experience.
“We are getting set to take Australia’s most internationally recognised gin brand, Kangaroo Island Spirits, to the world. Upgrades to its humble site origins at Cygnet River will allow Kangaroo Island Distillery to become one of Australia’s most iconic experiential distilleries, attracting global visitation and contributing to the broader economy,” he said.
The third round of successful grant recipients includes:
Total project worth
Fowlers Bay Caravan Park – construction of two new two-bedroom eco-friendly cabins
Australian Wildlife Adventures – purchase of new tour vehicle for new luxury tours, allowing operator to focus on domestic market
Marina Hotel and Apartments – refurbishment of 11 apartments, redevelopment of the reception area, new entrance canopy and bathroom facilities
Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park – installation of two new 2-bedroom cabins, one block of four ensuites and a new waterpark
Kangaroo Island Distillery – overhaul and upgrade of existing facility including new distillery shed, tasting experience zone and visitor infrastructure
Aloha Accommodation – construction of three luxury self-contained studio apartments
Pine Country Caravan Park – accommodation upgrade including construction of three new glamping tents, renovation and upgrade of 17 existing cabins and existing amenities
Hollick Estates – refurbishment of existing Hollick House accommodation
Apartments on Tolmie – internal and external renovation of four apartment units
Orlando Houseboat – refurbishment of two-bedroom houseboat
The $20 million fund runs until 31 March 2022 or until all funds have been allocated.