SATC launches cheap flights to get backpackers back

By Anna Macdonald

May 3, 2022

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The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) launched £10 (AU$ 17.72) return airfares from the UK and Ireland to Adelaide last week, to encourage backpackers on the working holiday visa to return to the country.

Two hundred spots are available on Qatar Airways services, sold via tour operator Trailfinder. Amongst the requirements for the program, individuals must be British or Irish citizens, have a working holiday visa, and be able to travel to Adelaide before 30 September 2022. 

Minister for tourism Zoe Bettison welcomed the return of people on the working holiday visa, saying it was a ‘win-win’, with the boost to the state’s tourism industry.

“Our tourism operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences, and booking up accommodation, and they’ve also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring.

“In turn, we know these young people have missed travelling and have missed seeing South Australia – they foster a love for our state and our country which often inspires them to return later in life,” said Bettison.

In 2019, pre-pandemic, South Australia had 27,000 working holiday visas, which the government stated contributed $47 million to the economy. 

“We want to attract these young people to come to South Australia. We know when they come, they not only work here, they additionally stay and spend as tourists,” said Australian Hotels Association general manager Ian Horne.

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