Data-driven destinations: South Australia

Data-driven destinations are the near future of tourism management, and in some regions, they are already present in terms of tourism management and development. These are destinations that systematically monitor the main indicators that influence and sometimes determine travelers’ choices, the composition, preferences, and behavior of the visitors themselves.

As already mentioned, starting from the initiative of the World Economic Forum to strengthen the city’s leadership in the use of artificial intelligence and new technologies, regions, and cities have been called to improve services and liveability for those who live there, citizens or visiting tourists.

Some territories/destinations immediately understood the scope and opportunity of these tools and technologies. They accelerated their adoption because, even if setting up the system might be challenging, making management choices based on data, especially in complex organizations, allows wise investments and less risky decisions.

To concretely understand the most effective choices and strategies of leading data-driven destinations, The Data Appeal Company launched a series of specific video interviews with representatives of various international organizations and DMOs.

Data-driven destinations: South Australia

In the first episode of Data-Driven Destinations Mirko Lalli interviewed Janice Kurrle, Marketing Manager of the South Australia Tourism Commission for the UK and Western European markets (France, Germany, Italy).

South Australia is a top-rated international destination for those unfamiliar with it, both for Europeans and Americans. A somewhat and decidedly exotic destination for all tastes, which comprises 12 autonomous regions and includes famous wine destinations such as the Barossa and Clare Valley or the Flinders Ranges in the interior. A paradise for food and wine lovers, outdoor activities, and obviously stunning landscapes characterized by exceptional native fauna and flora.

In August 2019, the SATC launched the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030, an evolution of a tourism program drawn up for the tourism development of the previous decade.

In this plan, the organization recognizes tourism as an important driver of the state economy. Money flows to local communities and positively impacts other sectors such as agriculture, wine, retail, education, real estate, and transport. Therefore, the SATC is committed to growing the tourism economy to reach $ 12.8 billion by 2030 and generate another 16,000 jobs.

To achieve its 2030 goals, the program will be data-driven and focus on six priority areas: marketing, experience and supply development, collaboration, industry capacity, events, and promoting the value of tourism.

Destinazioni data-driven: il South Australia e le sue strategie turistiche

During the interview, Janice Kurrle illustrated the data-driven approach to tourism promotion in South Australia, which is already at a very advanced level.

“Data is an integral part of our business planning for the whole year. Since we don’t have huge budgets to spend on promotion, we need to take a targeted approach.

We use a wide range of data and check it regularly. For example, we use Adobe Analytics, to compare the data year over year, analyze the interests and reasons why visitors come to Australia, and from this data, we can elaborate insights.

We also rely heavily on the data provided to us by Tourism Australia, the national tourism board: the board launched a consumer demand project in 2012 to understand in detail how consumers globally view Australia, what are their motivations for travel, what they expect to find in Australia compared to other destinations.

In this way, we have a very detailed profile of each visitor in 11/12 key markets for our destination (e.g., England, France, and Italy). We can really go deep into each market and adapt our marketing strategies accordingly.

We really have a lot of data at our fingertips to make informed decisions and decide where to invest the budget, such as paid search, social, native advertising, etc. “

The full interview:

P.S. The South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030 recognizes that all tourism activity and development takes place on lands traditionally inhabited by Aboriginal peoples, without whose presence and active participation the plan will not be successful. This, too, is tourism sustainability!


Main photo: Granite Island, © Hadija Saidi on Unsplash

Silvia Moggia

Italo-argentina cresciuta alle Cinque Terre, laureata in Conservazione dei Beni Culturali e specializzata in Francia in Mediazione Culturale e Gestione dello Spettacolo, dopo un anno presso l’agenzia internazionale IMG, ha iniziato a lavorare alla direzione della programmazione e artistica dell’Opéra di Parigi nel 1998 per poi essere nominata direttrice di produzione e programmazione al Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia di Valencia nel 2005. Dal 2011 è tornata in Italia per motivi familiari riconvertendosi nel settore turistico e ha da poco ultimato il master in Hospitality 360 presso la Cornell University, dopo il corso in Tourism Management presso la stessa università. Gestisce il boutique hotel di famiglia a Levanto, si occupa di promozione e sviluppo per altre strutture ricettive e destinazioni, è social media manager per The Data Appeal Company e per Vertical Media è incaricata delle strategie di marketing e comunicazione di Destination Florence. Nel tempo libero viaggia ed è web writer nel settore travel e scrive un proprio blog di viaggi indipendenti in solitaria.

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