Tourism sector hurting, Liberals must reverse $23m cuts

The Marshall Liberal Government must reverse its $23 million in cuts to tourism, with industry data revealing more than 80% of tourism businesses are suffering a financial impact as a result of the bushfires and coronavirus.

Results from the latest Tourism Barometer survey by the Tourism Industry Council of South Australia (TiCSA) reveal:

  • 83% of businesses are suffering a financial impact.
  • Top three impacts:
    • 72% booking cancellations;
    • 53% reduced cash flow; and
    • 44% reduced number of walk-in customers.
  • 82% of respondents said there needs to be increased promotion to encourage visitation and raise awareness.

The survey is distributed to the 900+ members to measure business activity and outlook amongst tourism operators in South Australia.
The industry has been widely critical of the Marshall Liberal Government’s $23 million of cuts to the tourism budget; especially at a time when the State’s national share of tourism and international visitor spend is declining.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
Our tourism sector is hurting and there is something the Marshall Liberal Government must do: reverse its $23 million in cuts.
Bushfires and the coronavirus are having an impact, with more than 8 in 10 businesses saying it is hitting their bottom line.
Now is the worst possible time for the Marshall Liberal Government to be cutting the tourism budget.