Private sector invited to invest in KI Wilderness Trail
The State Government is inviting proposals from private sector investors interested in building and operating eco-sensitive accommodation facilities for walkers on the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail.
The five day, four night trail which crosses some of the most rugged, remote and spectacular coastlines in South Australia, opened last October.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources CE Sandy Pitcher said more than 800 hikers have booked to walk the 61 kilometre trail so far, with 240 of those undertaking the walk last year.
“With leading international travel authority, Lonely Planet, listing the trail as one of the world’s top new travel destinations in 2017, we expect the trail’s profile will continue to grow – resulting in more trail bookings and more visitors to Kangaroo Island.
“To ensure the trail is an outstanding destination, the State Government is inviting private developers to submit proposals to develop eco-sensitive accommodation facilities for trail users.
“The government is keen to work with the private sector to create new accommodation and tourism opportunities along the trail.
“The island’s tourism industry is worth around $54 million a year and employs 560 people. The trail is expected to boost that by around $4.4 million a year by 2020, providing up to 30 ongoing jobs on the island.”
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is spearheading the commitment to grow the visitor economy.