It’s a wrap! Tourism grants materialize 114 projects across South Africa, creating multi-million dollar infusion and hundreds of jobs

The South Australian Tourism Commission fully allocated the $20 million fund, awarding grants to 114 projects across the state.

Since September 2020, the Fund has completed tourism projects totaling $82.7 million, creating 608 permanent tourism jobs.

Premier Steven Marshall said the 114 projects supported by the Fund are expected to inject an additional $74.5 million into the state’s visitor economy each year, boosting businesses and creating jobs.

“With $20 million in grants awarded across 11 tourism regions, we are helping South Australian tourism businesses attract more visitors who will stay longer and spend more – by injecting $74.5 million into the state and creating jobs for South Australians now and in the future,” said Prime Minister Marshall.

“This fund is expected to generate more than 600 permanent jobs in South Australia’s tourism economy, in addition to the more than 1,180 construction jobs created as the projects are built.”

South Australian Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the fund has helped tourism operators meet record regional tourism demand.

“Last year, regional SA celebrated seven consecutive months of record regional demand and we expect regional tourism to continue to play a major role in the recovery of our state’s tourism economy,” Mr. Harrex said.

“One of the strategic priorities identified in all regions for the growth of the visitor economy is the improvement of tourism infrastructure, i.e. the improvement of accommodation, products and services. experiences, and that’s exactly what this fund does.

“When visitors experience one of these new offerings like Beerenberg in the Adelaide Hills or Oliver’s Taranga on the Fleurieu Peninsula, they are supporting our industry and they are supporting regional economies.

“With over 60 new projects supported by this fund set to be completed this year, locals and visitors have even more reason to visit South Australia.”

Wander on Kangaroo Island will receive a $500,000 grant for a $1.7 million development to build five new, luxury, eco-friendly WanderPods. The one- and two-bedroom modules are fully self-contained and include solar and water harvesting while offering guests the ability to use the travel experience to think differently and live more sustainably.

Cassandra Sasso, CEO and co-founder of Wander, said the project will provide visitors to Kangaroo Island with unique eco-friendly accommodation that invites them to reconnect with the land and history of the local community.

“We are thrilled to open our next Wander location on Kangaroo Island. There is so much passion in the community, and we are honored to be a part of this special place. The opportunity and support from SATC will allow us to inviting all Australians to experience the same island magic we fell in love with, further increasing visits to the region and state.

Limestone Coast operator Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder received a $214,685 grant last year for a $715,618 redevelopment of its restaurant and cellar door.

Speaking about the recently completed project, John Innes, Owner, Ottelia said the end result was beyond their expectations.

“Our grant has helped us carry out our project to a very high standard. New Ottelia has been embraced by the Coonawarra community and is now a key destination for visitors to the area.

“SATC’s initiative in regional SAs has been a huge success, with many projects similar to ours being implemented. This creates an immediate stimulus during the construction phase and a lasting economic benefit for the region.

Grants range from $20,000 to $500,000 with a maximum of 30% committed state government funding of the total project value.

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Adelaide Hills

Woodside Luxury Lodges – Development of two new off-grid luxury lodges on a working sheep farm, including the development of a helipad for additional access and tour options.




Barossa Dreams and Ultimate Barossa Retreats – Upgrade of facilities including the purchase of a new vehicle to enable luxury guest transfers and itineraries.




Seppeltsfield – Renovation of the exhibition room, the trophy room, the underground Joseph room and the dining room to increase the seating capacity and the flexibility of the tasting areas.



Eyre Peninsula

Port Lincoln Cabin Park – Renovation of 18 cabins and corporate business facilities for guests.



Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Road – Construction of four new sustainable accommodation ‘little houses’ on the Eyre Peninsula.



Fleurieu peninsula

See Adelaide and beyond – Purchase of a dedicated 20-seater bus to increase capacity and set up a daily “Taste the McLaren” tour.



Flinders Range and Outback

Almerta Station – Upgrading a stone cottage to off-grid accommodation, upgrading camping facilities and installing water access infrastructure.



Flinders Range and Outback

Bendleby Ranges – Improvements to existing family accommodation, amenities block, 8 new campsites, new 4×4 track and camp shelter.



Kangaroo Island

Take a walk on Kangaroo Island – Development of five new off-grid ‘pod’ hostings.



Kangaroo Island

KI stowaway – Construction of two new gîtes to double the accommodation capacity and construction of a reception centre.



Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Big 4 Holiday Park The Bend – major park upgrade including construction of 10 one-bedroom stand-alone chalets, mini-golf, multi-sports area with half basketball court, soccer nets and BMX park , the creation of a nature discovery trail and the construction of a recreation room.



Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

Port Mannum – Renovation of 160-year-old historic buildings into six self-contained accommodation suites, one of which is wheelchair accessible.




Rustons – Conversion of part of the existing building into a distillery-shop and supplier.




By Five – Development of 15 new accommodation units in Berri.



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