Australia’s first ‘super lodge’ opens its doors on Kangaroo Island this week, heralding a new era for the region’s – and South Australia’s tourism industry.

The A$15 million Southern Ocean Lodge will offer guests an exclusive luxury travel experience, incorporating the best of South Australia – great food and wine, wildlife, nature and lifestyle.

Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says the opening of the lodge will help South Australia attract even more international and domestic visitors.

“We now have a landmark tourism development incorporating our unique Kangaroo Island holiday experience which is not only the best of its kind in the nation, but will also boost visitor numbers and thus inject more tourism dollars into the economy,” Minister Lomax-Smith says.

 

“The State Government is committed to assisting the growth of the tourism industry, and has worked with Southern Ocean Lodge developers, Baillie Lodges, to make sure this world-class accommodation – which has already featured in the media both nationally and internationally – went ahead in the most sustainable way possible.

“Attracting world-class tourism developments such as Southern Ocean Lodge to South Australia are an important step towards achieving our target of boosting tourist expenditure to A$6.3 billion by the end of 2014.

 

“The market for these kinds of developments is certainly there, with Southern Ocean Lodge already reporting good bookings for the next 12 months.”

 

“The State Government is committed to working with developers to ensure more stand-out tourism developments go ahead over the next few years.”

 

“Tourism is a huge growth industry for South Australia, and we will work to ensure that momentum continues.”

 

Minister Lomax-Smith says the latest figures shows international holiday visitor nights were up 14% in 2007, compared to the previous 12-month period, while the number of interstate visitors coming to our State was up 4% in 2007, compared to a 2% drop nationally.

 

Located at Hanson Bay on Kangaroo Island’s south west coast, Southern Ocean Lodge offers stunning ocean views from its twenty-one luxury suites, and adjoins Flinders Chase and Kelly Hill National Parks.

 

Included in the tariff is personalised experiential touring of the Island’s unique natural attractions, as well as all meals and South Australian wines. The Lodge also offers a day spa, bar and restaurant.

 

For more information about South Australia, visit www.southaustralia.com

(information provided by the pr company)

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