The expanded Adelaide Convention Centre on the banks of the River Torrens has broadened the city's tourism potential.
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MORE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS, NEW OVAL, BIGGER CONVENTION CENTRE, cruise ship visits and living city scene feed tourism surge 


TOURISM IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA HAS TAKEN OFF in the 21st Century due to a confluence of new factors.
The Lonely Planet travel guide included the state in top five must-see destinations to visit in 2017.
Many of the state’s intrinsic attractions ­– such as beaches, wineries, food, festivals, the Flinders and outback – are being rediscovered.

Even South Australia’s smaller population, compared to other states, is now being appreciated for a relaxed holiday. Among them:

  • Added international flight links into the upgraded Adelaide Airport. Qatar and China Southern have joined Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Singapore and New Zealand providing world routes.
  • The new-look Adelaide Oval has been a drawcard for visitors with the move of Australian Football League games to the city but also the venue’s capacity for hosting events such as the Rolling Stones and Adele concerts.
  • Australia’s first purpose-built convention centre in Adelaide has been demolished to make way for a much bigger version in three linked sections, with the eastern end being completed in 2017.
  • A concerted effort is attracting nearly 40 cruise ships to make day visits to Adelaide.
  • The city centre has been enlivened by the state government and city council strategy including making it easier to open small bars and make full use of smaller streets and laneways. This has encouraged many older hotels to upgrade.


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