A staggering 1,339 tourism businesses, the majority of which are small businesses, have disappeared from South Australia since 2010.
Tourism Research Australia data shows that all 12 of South Australia’s tourism regions recorded a decrease in the number of tourism businesses operating within their respective regions.
These disappointing statistics follow confirmation of the loss of one million visitor nights from regional South Australia in the last two years.
Shadow Minister for Tourism, David Ridgway, said that the toxic business environment engineered by the Weatherill Government is choking tourist businesses across the State.
The Tourism Research Australia statistics show since 2010;
- 855 tourism businesses have disappeared in Adelaide;
- 74 in the Fleurieu Peninsula;
- 62 in Yorke Peninsula;
- 51 in Eyre Peninsula;
- 49 in the Limestone Coast;
- 47 in the Flinders and Outback;
- 41 in the Riverlands;
- 17 in the Murraylands; and
- 5 on Kangaroo Island.
“It must be apparent to this Labor Government by now that jacking up state taxes is not conducive to creating a productive economy, fostering small business growth or generating jobs,” said Mr Ridgway
“After almost 13 years of Labor Government payroll tax has almost double, the ESL has skyrocketed and we have most expensive water and electricity in the country.
“Making matters worse is the repeated misuse of the limited funds that exist to promote tourism in South Australia.
“In December last year the Weatherill Government granted Pernod Ricard $1 million to open a cellar door.
“The $1 million should have been spread around to small regional businesses not given to a multi-national conglomerate which posted over 1 billion Euros in profit last year.
“The Weatherill Government continues to fail small business and our regions and the tourism industry isn’t performing anywhere near its potential as a consequence.”