Emirates’ arrival in Adelaide will result in greater levels of investment in tourism accommodation infrastructure in South Australia, according to the Accommodation Association of Australia.
The Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro, said Emirates’ commitment to Adelaide is the culmination of years of advocacy from the South Australian Government and the South Australian Tourism Commission, particularly during Andrew McEvoy’s time as Chief Executive, and the industry is set to reap the benefits.
“The announcement that Emirates will commence regular flights to Adelaide from November is one of the most significant developments for tourism in South Australia in the past decade and understandably, it has generated tremendous enthusiasm within the accommodation industry,” Mr Munro said.
“Traditionally, Adelaide has lagged behind Australia’s other international aviation gateways in terms of the number of weekly flights and overall visitor numbers, but Emirates flying into Adelaide Airport will make a sizeable difference.
“It will almost certainly be the vote of confidence that is required for investors to commit to accommodation businesses – either new businesses or upgrading existing product – in South Australia.
“Given the close links between aviation access and investment in tourism accommodation infrastructure, the introduction of Emirates to the South Australian market could be the trigger for new hotels in Adelaide.”