Do you believe developing or improving South Australia's heritage tourism offering should be a priority for growing the Visitor Economy? Why?

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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 9 September 2019 to 7 October 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.

Strengthening the connections between heritage and tourism may help grow the Visitor Economy and support tourism activity in our towns and regions.

Read Developing a strategic direction for heritage tourism in South Australia and join in the discussion below.

 

 

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CRYSTAL KNIGHT-PRIEDE

28 Sep 2019

I think SA has a lot to offer in terms of heritage tourism, especially through the hills regions and outer areas. Methods of attracting awareness and publicity needs to be improved, as heritage tourism would probably attract a slightly older demographic who may not be fully aware of online tourism research options. However, South Australia also needs to concentrate on building infrastructure to support tourism in these areas (e.g bus services and accessibility) to make it more attractive to tourists.

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Department for Environment and Water > CRYSTAL KNIGHT-PRIEDE

30 Sep 2019

Thanks for your feedback Crystal. Infrastructure to support how visitors experience and travel our state, plus redefining how heritage can add value to tourism offerings are some of the key issues emerging through our workshops.

lyall ross

27 Sep 2019

I think talking about our heritage is good and yes people go to Europe to look at all the heritage and old buildings , they don’t go to brand new city’s unless the buildings are worth looking at.
Adelaide has lost way to many of it grand old building and house for new buildings that don’t have any stile and are not worth taking a photo off. But the ones that are left should be looked after better and more history told about them.
I think each square in the city should have a statue of the person who its named after with there history , it gets people walking around the city.
The Adelaide jail could do with some money spent on it and make it an interesting place to visit . port Adelaide would be great too if the builders stop building modern houses on the docs and changing the look and feel of the place.
Make it like the rocks in Sydney as it looks cool and you want to stay and look around.
The government need to help advertise the train museum and maritime museum down the port as well. They are both great place but you see nothing mentioned on them.
Even a church tour of all the old churches that haven’t been nocked down for office blocks .
Then there is the Aboriginal history of the city and state.
The park lands could be made in to park lands with gardens and statues , not just the barren paddocks we have now or were private schools take over and don’t let you walk on our own land.
Our National parks need to have money spent on the camp sites as they are appalling come paired to the ones I have visited in USA.
Spend more on this and less on football, way too much is spent on the oval for a small group of people that go to it.
Kangaroo island need is a great place to go the trip over is quite expensive though, and accommodation is over priced for what you get.

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Department for Environment and Water > lyall ross

30 Sep 2019

Thanks for the time to share your thoughts Lyall.

Nick Leaver

10 Sep 2019

Absolutely not. South Australia already struggles to articulate its tourism message; adding "heritage tourism" to the mix confuses things even more. SA needs 12 months to refine our global message and 5 years to build momentum from this message.
What percentage of the Australian tourism market is driven by heritage tourism? Very little.

Andrew C > Nick Leaver

11 Sep 2019

Very little Nick, because there is no strategic direction, that's the point of this consultation. So many heritage places are being lost and the Kaurna stories overlooked because there is no support to tell the them. I'm from the UK and grew up surrounded by heritage tourism where the visitor economy just for heritage is massive. It adds billions of dollars to an economy and could result in thousands of jobs because people love history. Not only that but it can link to the education curriculum and lead to school field trips etc. SA is good at the wildlife and nature, food and wine tourism, by adding heritage you are effectively adding another string to your bow. Plus most of these things go hand in hand. There is a 60,000 years story to be told in SA so why not help people tell it.

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Department for Environment and Water > Nick Leaver

19 Sep 2019

Thanks for the discussion Nick and Andrew. Identifying how much heritage contributes to and drives visitor experiences is difficult to pin point precisely. In 2015, spending by overnight visitors (both international and domestic) who engaged with heritage buildings and sites during their visit totalled $14.8 billion, however this does not include those visitor experiences where heritage underpins another experience, ie staying in heritage accommodation, dining in a repurposed building, sight seeing, and participating in walking tour in a national park that may included stories and information about Traditional Owners. We are keen to understand how we can foreground heritage in visitor experiences and grow it as a visitor driver. - Linda

Nick Leaver > Nick Leaver

21 Sep 2019

Hi Linda, where does this $14.8 billion figure come, and is it SA or National?

Andrew C > Nick Leaver

24 Sep 2019

Hi Linda. We always hear about how the cruise ships arrive, whisk people off to the Barossa for wine tours or the city for shopping so why not add a specific heritage tour option? We have seen the start up of small and very successful nature based tour operators like Pure SA thanks to economic stimulus in that area, why not do the same for heritage. There is a lot of cool heritage data available that could lead to some amazing interactive experiences beyond just a museum. The tours could be themed from the growth of SA to the crimes that shook the State, architectural wonders to the ghosts of Adelaide past. Putting heritage at the foreground means investment, imagination and the use of interactivity including technology in bringing history to life.

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Department for Environment and Water > Nick Leaver

26 Sep 2019

Hi Nick - apologies for not specifying, the $14.8bn is a national figure.

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Department for Environment and Water > Nick Leaver

26 Sep 2019

Great ideas Andrew! thanks for sharing.