Assistant Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt today visited Adelaide Oval RoofClimb, one of the city’s newest and most spectacular tourist attractions.

The experience allows visitors to explore the impressive, curved roof of one of Adelaide’s most iconic locations, providing 360-degree views of the playing surface and city beyond.

Mr Pitt said new tourism infrastructure like RoofClimb, along with major projects including the Government’s $50 billion Future Submarines and investments from Beach Energy, Santos and ElectraNet would help support jobs and growth in South Australia.

“RoofClimb is literally a breath-taking experience for visitors to South Australia and will complement the state’s other great attractions including its wine country and the Tour Down Under,” Mr Pitt said.

“Tourism is vital for South Australia and our economy nationally. It employs around 1 in 12 Australians and accounts for 9.6 per cent of Australia’s exports.

“The Government is actively supporting the development of new infrastructure and capacity for the industry through the Tourism 2020 strategy.”

Mr Pitt’s visit comes after it was announced by Cricket Australia that Adelaide would host the first ever Ashes Day-Night Test next year.

“There’s no doubt that the Ashes series is a huge draw-card for both domestic and international visitors and Adelaide will reap the benefits of hosting this game,” he said.

In 2015-16, there were over 50,000 international visitors and 327,000 domestic visitors to Adelaide’s River Torrens Precinct, which includes Adelaide Oval.

South Australia more broadly received 422,000 international visitors, 6,068,000 domestic overnight trips and 13,221,000 daytrips in 2015-16 – a 14 per cent increase in total visitation on the previous year.

“Visitor expenditure increased by a corresponding 11 per cent, with a $5.95 billion injection into South Australia’s visitor economy in 2015-16,” Mr Pitt said.

RoofClimb is the first attraction of its type to provide rooftop seating and features an adrenalin-boosting lean-out point, 50 metres above the southern goal square. Groups of up to 14 people are led by specially trained RoofClimb Leaders.

The attraction recently won the Best New Tourism Business at the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards. Adelaide Oval Tourism and Museums won the Cultural Tourism category at the same awards.

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