Adelaide wins global tourist recognition, despite hotel shortage
It's been such a big year for Adelaide the city's hotels are struggling to find enough space.
South Australia's state government has spent years pushing Adelaide to the front of the international stage, but it might have worked a little too well, with tourists arriving before hotels.
There are nine new hotels in the pipeline, one of which will probably become the city's new tallest building, and almost 2,000 rooms between them. According to a Dransfield report, however, this still isn't enough.
With the hotels following the tourists, it might be a few years before Adelaide has the space to accommodate them all. This is good news for residents, however, who might be able to enjoy a few years of premium prices when listing their homes on sites like Airbnb.
Why is Adelaide tourism booming in 2017?
In short, it's probably because Adelaide has started getting the attention it deserves and has seen a rapid increase in international tourists, rather than the domestic travellers that have long been its main guests.
- QantasLink came to Kangaroo Island in 2017, and starting in December Adelaide will become a new hub for day trips to the island.
- The Adelaide Convention Centre Upgrades. The first purpose-built convention centre in Australia will complete its long-awaited and much-needed expansions in 2017.
- Adelaide's BioMed health precinct becomes one of the Southern Hemisphere's major science centers, attracting professionals as guests and residents from around the world.
Significantly, in 2015 it was ranked as the world's fifth most livable city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit.
The metrics used for these rankings, such as safety, infrastructure and environment, are obviously watched very closely by international travellers and hotel chains alike. As such, it's no surprise that the upcoming hotel developments are seeing many big names coming to Adelaide for the first time, including Sheraton, Sofitel, Langham and others.
Thousands of rooms will be added between 2017 and 2020, but it looks like it still won't be enough. The city's always been very dependent on its staples, including peak time tourism and the internationally regarded wineries, but as the city shifts to year-round tourism, visitors might start feeling crowded.
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