Tourism provides major boost to Eyre Peninsula region

The tourism industry in South Australia has given the economy a $7.2 billion boost according to new figures from this year's National Visitor Survey, with more than $347 million of that spent on the Eyre Peninsula.

The region saw the fourth biggest tourism spend of the state's regional areas, behind Fleurieu Peninsula ($471 million), the Flinders Rangers ($454 million) and the Limestone Coast ($357 million).

There was an average of 439,000 visitors per year who stayed about 1.9 million nights in the Eyre Peninsula region.

SA Tourism Commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said the $7.2 billion raised by the visitor economy confirmed methods to promote the state's tourism were working.

"People are hearing our messages and coming to the Eyre Peninsula, providing a $347 million boost to the local economy and creating local jobs," he said.

"It's particularly pleasing to see that more Australians are exploring regional South Australia - receiving 62 per cent of all domestic visits.

"Our appeal as a destination has never been higher."

The yearly survey captured data from March 2018 until March 2019 through interviews with 120,000 visitors.

Visitors from Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria provided the biggest economic boost, spending up to $6.2 billion in addition to more than $1 billion spent by international visitors.

Acting Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Tim Whetstone said regional areas were incredibly important to the state's tourism industry with the latest data showing growth of 15 per cent, well above the overall state growth of 8 per cent.

"In fact, 43 cents of every tourism related dollar generated in our state is spent in the regions," he said.

"It's great to see Australians heading to our regions in record numbers (and) spending $2.9 billion and, in the process, creating valued economic activity and local jobs."