The latest International Visitor Survey results released by the Federal Government show South Australia attracted 17,000 visitors from India in the 12 months to March this year, reaching an all-time high. This is a rise of 90.1 per cent compared to the previous year and well above the national average of 25 per cent; the increase is most likely due to the recent ICC Cricket World Cup games held at Adelaide Oval earlier in the year.
The figures also show that South Australia had a record number of 33,000 visitors from China, up 24.2 per cent on the previous year. Visitors from Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland also had notable increases, while visitor numbers from the United Kingdom, Germany, USA and New Zealand remain strong.
When adding the National Visitor Survey results to the International Visitor Survey results, the overall visitor economy totalled $5.4 billion to March this year – up 2.3 per cent on the previous year. While figures show there has been a slight decline in visitor numbers overall, South Australia experienced the 4th highest year on record.