Tourism Boom for Murray River, Lakes and Coorong

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Tourism is booming along the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong.

The region is reporting a 25 per cent increase in visitors between March 2018 and 2019, compared to the last six years.

334,000 visitors were recorded during this time and spending rose 40 per cent, up to $172 million.

Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Tourism Development Manager Julie Bates says the figures show the region’s popularity as a holiday destination is on the rise.

“Locals have always known that the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong has so much to offer, from the stunning beauty of the Murray River and its ochre cliffs, to the premium wines produced in Langhorne Creek, the luxury of cruising on a houseboat or the adventure of camping away from it all in the Coorong,” she said.

The recent investments in the region like The Bend Motorsport Park, the Murray Coorong Trail and the Lower Murray Canoe Trail as well as upcoming upgrades are a big draw-card for overnight and day-trippers.

Events are also helping put the region on the map; Langhorne Creek’s Handpicked Festival, Mannum’s Sounds by the River and Tailem Bend’s Supercars all attract large crowds.

“There are so many reasons to stay and explore and we are finding that visitors coming for a specific event are choosing to stay overnight and extend their holiday,” said Mrs Bates.

This article originally appeared on 5mu.com.au.

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