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AEDA Business Summit Major Partner University of Adelaide to Explore the Role of AI in Adelaide’s Future 

Machine learning has the potential to unlock massive social, economic and environmental benefits for the city, according to the University of Adelaide, the major partner for the 2024 AEDA Business Summit.

Greg Ratsch Appointed General Manager of AEDA

AEDA is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Ratsch as General Manager.

See It LIVE Grant Boosts Live Music in the City

Discover the 12 live music venues across the city that are set to receive a financial boost and business support from the State Government’s new See It LIVE Music Activation Fund.

Perks CEO Joins AEDA Board as Advisory Committee Representative

CEO of Perks Accountants & Wealth Advisers, James Black joins the AEDA Board as the Advisory Committee Representative.

Adelaide Fringe 2024 Wrap Up

The 2024 Adelaide Fringe Festival drew thousands to the city, invigorated local businesses, and supported the arts. Discover insights on visitor dynamics and economic boosts to city precincts.

A Night of Gold and Silver for Adelaide at National Tourism Awards

Discover how South Australia shined at the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, with Adelaide's tourism operators winning in accessibility and accommodation categories.

Opening Weekend of Adelaide Fringe Festival Draws Surge in Foot-Traffic

The first two weeks of the 2024 Adelaide Fringe Festival has sparked a surge in foot-traffic across the City of Adelaide. Dive into AEDA's analysis of bustling precincts, visitor trends, and the festival's impact on local businesses and community.

New Chapter for Historic King William Venue

Owners of The King William Hotel lead the charge in enhancing Adelaide's nightlife and economy through strategic revitalisation, local produce, and a multifaceted approach to hospitality.

P!NK Paints City in Shades of Economic Success

Discover how P!NK's one-night-only concert in Adelaide boosted the city's economy, mirroring the success of past events. From hotel bookings to citywide spending, learn the impact of major events on local businesses.

How City of Adelaide Visitors and Residents Spent Their Money in January 2024

Explore how visitor and resident expenditures shaped the City of Adelaide's economy and impacted various sectors over January 2024.

Boost Your Tourism Business: Experience Adelaide Promoted 800+ ATDW Listings in 2023

Citywide tourism operators and event organisers have increased online visibility and bookings with the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW). Discover the impact and benefits of featuring on the Experience Adelaide website, and how to get involved.

Valentine's Day Transforms City Spending as Lovebirds Splurge

Discover how Valentine's Day transforms Adelaide's CBD, showcasing its impact on the local economy.

Flinders University's Innovative City Campus

Discover how Flinders University's new city campus not only offers a state-of-the-art learning environment but will open doors for students and the business community.

Success of Extended Trading Hours Drives MallFest's Return to Rundle Mall in 2024

Building on last year's success of record level retail expenditure, Rundle Mall is set to harness eager shoppers during the Festival Season once again with MallFest.

Sky High Changes to Adelaide's Office Market

The latest Property Council Office Market Report reveals a notable rise in the city's office vacancy rate, driven by a surge in new high-quality office spaces. Discover the impact on Adelaide's CBD and opportunities for investors amidst this evolving landscape.

Tourism Australia Event Shifts Perception of Adelaide and Beyond for International Delegates

Explore how Dreamtime 2023, organised by Tourism Australia and Business Events Adelaide, has reinvigorated the business events industry.

Adelaide spends big in Boxing Day and Black Friday sales bonanza

Black Friday and Boxing Day sales have skyrocketed, as reported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency. Discover how extended trading hours and enticing discounts transformed Rundle Mall into a shopper's paradise, making it a highlight on the retail calendar.

Community Collaboration: Scarlett Media's Tribute to The Piccadilly's Restoration

Adelaide's local businesses community unite in Scarlett Media's documentary 'The Piccadilly - Restoring Her Former Glory.' The film delves into the $2 million restoration and community impact of North Adelaide icon, The Piccadilly cinema.

New Year of Visitor Economy Growth

Building on the success of 2023's events and festivals, Adelaide is set for continued growth in its visitor economy. Discover the events that have already marked significant achievements early 2024 and look back on the economic activities of 2023. Discover how the Adelaide Economic Development Agency supports the city's annual events calendar.

Adelaide’s 2024 Hotel Booking Boom

Explore the upsurge in city hotel bookings for early 2024, driven by major events and a resilient market. Discover key insights from the ‘Forward STAR: Occupancy on the Books’ report and the promising future for the hospitality industry.

AEDA Announces New Board Member

AEDA is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Jim Kouts as a Board Member, commencing 18 January 2024.

Round 1 Awardees of AEDA’s 2024 Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program

Discover the successful applicants for Round 1 of the 2024 Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program. This initiative, led by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), supports events and festivals that contribute to the vibrancy and dynamism of the city.

AEDA’s NYE 2023 Activities and Events Fund Recipients Revealed

Adelaide is no stranger to hosting lively New Year's Eve celebrations. The city is set to sparkle even brighter this year as the Adelaide Economic Development Agency announces the successful recipients of its inaugural New Year’s Eve Activities and Events Fund for Businesses.

From Cruise Ships to Louis Vuitton: Adelaide's October 2023 Visitor Economy Report

October marked a robust period for the city's visitor economy, as revealed in the latest Visitor Economy Report analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency. This overview highlights key findings, shedding light on the factors contributing to the city's success in attracting visitors and sustaining growth.

City Pulse Check: Main Street Occupancy Report Q3 2023

The Main Street Occupancy Report Q3 2023 offers an intriguing insight into the activity in the heart of Adelaide, as analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

New Year's Eve in the City 2023

Elder Park / Tarntanya Wama will again host South Australia’s most celebrated end-of-year event – the City of Adelaide’s NYE 2023.

SATC's 'Travel. Our Way.' Campaign Showcases the City with AEDA's Boost

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) recently launched its $8.35 million domestic marketing campaign, Travel. Our Way. The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has collaborated with SATC to increase the share of voice for city-based tourism products and experiences to generate leads via the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse.

Experience the Best Black Friday in Australia Right Here in Adelaide

The buzz is building up for the ultimate shopping experience this Black Friday in the city, as Rundle Mall gets set to host the longest trading hours in South Australia with 16-hours of non-stop shopping from 8:00 am to midnight on Friday 24 November 2023, making it the must-visit destination for Black Friday.

VAILO Adelaide 500 Revs Up King William Street with Transporter Parade

King William Street is about to get a taste of VAILO Adelaide 500, and it's going to be anything but ordinary when the Transporter Parade ignites the city on Tuesday 21 November 2023.

Meet the Recipients of the 2023/24 Strategic Partnerships Program Empowering Adelaide's Business Ecosystem

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency proudly announces the successful recipients of its 2023/24 Strategic Partnerships Program, designed to support the small business sector through dynamic organisations eager to make a substantial impact on the city’s economic landscape.

Adelaide's Tourism Sentiment Rises with Dining in Top 10% Globally

The Q3 2023 Tourism Sentiment Index Report reveals a 2% increase in Adelaide's tourism sentiment, positioning the city among the world's leading destinations. Discover more about what's contributing to the city’s appeal.

AEDA Welcomes New Members to its Advisory Committee

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has welcomed three accomplished people to its Advisory Committee. Learn more about who the three new additions are.

Event Gallery | Data4Lunch: The State of the Economy

Data4Lunch: Key Takeaways on the State of the Economy

The recent industry briefing, Data4Lunch, hosted by AEDA, presented an invaluable opportunity for the city's leaders and decision-makers to gain economic insights from industry experts following the Reserve Bank of Australia's interest rate decision on 7 November 2023.

Adelaide’s Tourism Champions Revealed: 2023 South Australian Tourism Awards

The 2023 South Australian Tourism Awards have once again brought to the forefront the exceptional achievements and business excellence within the state’s tourism industry. Among the esteemed recipients, tourism operators from Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide secured notable wins across eight diverse categories.

A Glance at CBD and North Adelaide Winners of the 2023 AHA|SA Hotel Industry Awards

The anticipated 2023 AHA|SA Hotel Industry Awards for Excellence shone a spotlight on the pinnacle of excellence within the state's hospitality realm with over 900 in attendance at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 31 October 2023. Check out the winners and judges' commendations from Adelaide’s CBD and North Adelaide.

City's Economic Leadership in Safe Hands

In a recent announcement, the Council has reappointed eminent South Australian business leader Nikki Govan's tenure to lead the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) for an additional year.

What’s Keeping Adelaide’s Economy Busy in October 2023

As October unfolds, Adelaide is buzzing with activity. The city's visitor economy is exceeding 2022 levels, showing remarkable growth - check out what's contributing to this.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Mary Poppins Draws $20.5M Economic Boost and Record Attendance

Mary Poppins managed to cast its spell on the city, breaking Adelaide Festival Centre’s record attendance since the pandemic. Over an eight-week run, the hit production attracted more than 110,000 theatregoers with nearly 20% of the audience visiting from regional South Australia, interstate, and overseas.

2023 Restaurant & Catering Awards Recognise Adelaide's Culinary Excellence

The 2023 Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence in South Australia have unveiled their distinguished winners, celebrating the state's culinary achievements. These awards honour the dedication, outstanding food, and impeccable service of SA's restaurant, café, and catering industry.

SRA Information Technology’s Multi-Million-Dollar Investment in 42 Adelaide Set to Pave the Way for a Diverse Tech Future in South Australia

Leading national software consulting firm SRA Information Technology has invested millions in 42 Adelaide, Australia's first tuition-free coding school. This strategic partnership between two city-based businesses is set to shape the future of South Australia's tech industry and result in more education and job opportunities.

Adelaide's Economy Scores Big with the 2023 SANFL Grand Final Weekend

Adelaide is gearing up to echo with the roar of footy fever as the highly anticipated SANFL Grand Final takes centre stage this weekend, accompanied by a promising weather forecast. The city anticipates an electric atmosphere, with footy enthusiasts flocking to the CBD and North Adelaide to be part of the excitement.

Exploring Adelaide's Hotel Occupancy Future Trends: September to December 2023

Adelaide’s vibrant culture and bustling events calendar have a significant influence on the bottom line of hotels. Check out what’s currently impacting Adelaide’s forward hotel occupancy rates over a 90-day period during September to December 2023 (in comparison to the same time last year). These insights are derived from the 4 September 2023 ‘Forward STAR: Occupancy on the Books’.

URPS’ New Purpose-Built Office Sends a Positive Message about Adelaide CBD’s Outlook

In a time when remote work trends have raised concerns about the vitality of city centres, Adelaide's leading urban planning firm, URPS, is defying the odds with its recent move from Rose Park to its new purpose-built office at 27 Halifax Street.

Adelaide Oval: A Magnet for Premier Sports and Entertainment

Nestled in the heart of Adelaide, Adelaide Oval stands tall as one of the ultimate destinations for sports and entertainment in Australia. Nick Addison, CEO of Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority, is excited about the opportunities Adelaide has unlocked in the past months. He envisions converting the buzz generated by recent events into sustained growth for the city.

Kiin’s Flavourful Journey into Adelaide’s Vibrant Dining Scene

The decision of experienced hospitality professionals to not only launch their first collaborative restaurant in Adelaide, but relocate their lives from interstate, speaks volumes about the city's opportunities for growth and success. As Adelaide continues to gain recognition as a food destination, Kiin's presence adds to the city's gastronomic journey and inspires aspiring restaurateurs.

AEDA Supports Game Plus Support Program with Additional $20,000 in Funding

After an initial successful run in 2022-23, Game Plus is pleased to announce it will be renewing the Game Plus Support (GPS) Program for another round with the partnership and financial support of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).

Adelaide CBD’s Optimistic Growth Attracts Major Property Developers

The Adelaide CBD is not just a place, but a beacon of "optimism" and an ideal destination for business according to David Harrison, the Managing Director and Group CEO of Charter Hall. Charter Hall, the major development company behind the impressive $450 million 60 King William Street project, was drawn to Adelaide for its remarkable growth and potential for the future.

RAA's Expansion Inspires Strategic Move to Adelaide CBD

With a focus on meeting the future needs of expanding its core business, RAA, South Australia's largest membership organisation, is set to accommodate its growing team by expanding its office footprint into one of Adelaide's most iconic buildings in the CBD, the Westpac House building, which will now be known as RAA Place.

Data After Dark: Key Takeaway Points on Adelaide’s Night Time Economy

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency's (AEDA) latest industry briefing, Data After Dark, shed light on Adelaide’s evolving nighttime economy. The event featured three prominent speakers who shared invaluable insights on various aspects, including the impact of year-round festivals and cultural precincts, the influence of the pandemic on consumer habits, how Adelaide compares to other states in Australia, and a glimpse of the city's future prospects.

Adelaide to Take Centre Stage for World-Class Corporate Events at Dreamtime 2023

Dreamtime 2023, Tourism Australia's signature biennial incentive showcase, will position Adelaide as a focal point for international event planners and media in November. This event marks Australia's resurgence in hosting international business events and aims to reignite awareness and interest in the country, while driving long-term economic growth for the state.

Flagship Tourism Trade Event, Meeting Place, Shines Spotlight on Adelaide in the International Market

Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has partnered with the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) to support Adelaide in hosting the Australian Tourism Export Council’s (ATEC) annual tourism flagship event, Meeting Place 2023.

AEDA welcomes new industry leaders to Board

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has appointed three accomplished professionals to its Board. These highly coveted positions attracted more than 100 expressions of interest, reflecting the recognition and value placed by the business community on AEDA's work.

Passionate Adelaide Central Market Trader Preserves Tradition and Embraces Innovation

Even at 90 years old, Adelaide Central Market trader Stephan Oulianoff can be found at his stall – House of Health Collective – every trading day.

Illuminate Adelaide: A Dynamic City Experience Fueled by AEDA's Support

More than one million visitors are expected to venture into the city this July as Illuminate Adelaide shines a spotlight on the CBD.

Adelaide a Thriving Hub for Innovative Industries

A wealth of new industries are setting up shop in the city and putting Adelaide on a “global stage”, according to the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA)’s latest Investment Prospectus.

Event Gallery | Data After Dark: Night Time Economy

Images from the Monday 24 July 2023 industry briefing, Data After Dark: Night Time Economy, hosted by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

Adelaide Ranks in Top Five for Start Up Performances in Oceania

Adelaide has soared into the top five locations in the Oceania region for startup performance, a new report shows.

The road to business success at the Adelaide Central Market for Afghani trio

McMahon’s Fruit and Veg has operated in the Adelaide Central Market for more than 60 years, and current owners say its success can be put down to “embracing entrepreneurial spirit”.

Visitor spend in the city remains strong, new data shows

Total visitor spend in the city was almost 20 per cent higher in April 2023 in comparison to the same period last year, new Adelaide Economic Development Agency data shows.

Salvador Dali’s masterpiece to extend Rundle Mall stay

Salvador Dali’s world-famous Triumphant Elephant sculpture — worth more than $3 million — will remain in Rundle Mall for a further 12 months.

Demolition and construction begins at "city-defining" Market Square development

Demolition and construction has started on the $400 million Market Square Development — a major milestone that Adelaide Lord Mayor and AEDA Board member Jane Lomax-Smith has called a "city defining moment".

Photo Gallery: 2023 AEDA Business Summit

Were you photographed at the 2023 AEDA Business Summit? Check out the social gallery of the event for pictures of the day.

International Visitor Numbers up as AEDA Welcomes Tourism Delegates to the City for Industry Conference

International visitation numbers in January were at their highest point since 2022, new data analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency shows.

First Nations-owned businesses supported in the city through AEDA strategic partner

Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s strategic partner Renew Adelaide will provide additional assistance to First Nations-owned businesses through a new partnership with The Circle at Lot Fourteen.

New Invest Adelaide campaign shows the benefits of doing business in the city

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) has released its first post-pandemic prospectus — Invest Adelaide — which showcases the benefits of doing business in the city.

The nation’s brightest minds unpack Adelaide’s opportunities at AEDA Business Summit

Hear industry heavyweights from across the country delve into topics including the economy, commercial property and education at the AEDA Business Summit, with ticket sales closing on 17 May 2023.

Major Projects Update: The city shaping projects underway or planned in Adelaide

See all of the major projects and developments in the CBD as Adelaide designs a new economic future.

AEDA Business Summit ticket sales close tomorrow

Hear industry heavyweights from across the country delve into topics including the economy, commercial property and education at the AEDA Business Summit, with ticket sales closing on 17 May 2023.

Adelaide among the world's best for events and festivals, new statistics show

Adelaide has continued its reign as one of the top cities for events and festivals, with latest Tourism Sentiment Index (TSI) figures ranking it as fourth best globally.

Celebrating working mums in the lead up to Mother's Day

Working mothers Laura Santinon and Karli Stanton say the secret to successful business ownership is an important balance of both family and community. The duo, the driving force behind Jamu in the Adelaide Central Market, delve into parenthood and entrepreneurship ahead of Mother's Day on 14 May.

Affordable housing plays a key role in former bus station site redevelopment

More affordable housing in the CBD is at the heart of a new multimillion-dollar project to transform the former Franklin Street bus terminal into a twin tower complex.

AEDA Business Summit provides glimpse into Adelaide’s future

The nation’s greatest minds will share insights into the future of the city at the second Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) Business Summit next month, supported by the City of Adelaide.

Rundle Mall foot traffic doubles with festival season extended trading

Foot traffic in Rundle Mall more than doubled between 5-7pm this festive season, thanks to extended trading hours granted by the State Government and the Precinct’s MallFest initiative.

The Gilded Goblin tattoo and art studio's determination to change the perception of ink

Changing the way the public think about ink is at the heart of a new queer, female-run tattoo and art studio that has opened in the Adelaide Arcade.

International students flock to Adelaide to live, work and study

South Australia’s international student enrolments are growing higher than the national average in 2022, new statistics show.

Gather Round expected to inject $85.8m into the city economy

The inaugural Gather Round is expected to inject $85.8 million into the city economy, early Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) figures show.

CBD hotels kicking goals for Gather Round

Hotels across the Adelaide CBD are up for a bumper Gather Round weekend, with occupancy expected to hit 92 per cent by Saturday.

Adelaide's breweries and pubs among the world's best, statistics show

The city can raise its glass to new statistics that show Adelaide’s pubs and breweries are the fifth best in the world. Latest Tourism Sentiment Index (TSI) figures showed Adelaide was popular in 2022 Q4 for its watering holes, only behind Portland, Houston, Brussels and San Diego.

Nova Systems moves a mile to the CBD

Engineering services and technology solutions company Nova Systems has made the move from Mile End to the city, supported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s Welcome to Adelaide program.

Upgrade of iconic Myer Centre Facade

Rundle Mall icon the Myer Centre — home of brands including Myer, UNIQLO and Lush — is set for a sleek new look as part of an upgrade of its façade.

New dining and entertainment precinct for Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall's offering is set to extend even further, with Australasia’s largest fun company provider Funlab set to open an entertainment and dining precinct in Rundle Place. See the plans.

Adelaide's need for speed at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival

The CBD will become an automotive museum in motion when the Adelaide Motorsport Festival gets the green light this weekend. AEDA supported the event, which has not been held since 2018, by providing funding to establish a zone for electric vehicles.

AFL season making its mark on hospitality and entertainment industry

Hospitality and entertainment spend in the city on AFL home games increased by millions on match days, new Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) figures show. With the 2023 AFL season already kicking off, and the AFL Gather Round approaching, AFL is making its mark on the economy.

AEDA backs AI art vending machine through Adelaide's CreaTech City Challange

Snacks have been replaced with art in Rundle Place’s new AI-powered vending machine that holds fluent conversations with users. The ARTofficial Truth Machine ATM-001 uses AI software to engage in back-and-forth conversations with users, and create custom artwork available for download.

Adelaide Fringe venue operators making their mark

Adelaide Fringe hubs play an important role in stimulating the city's economy, drawing in tens of thousands of people who go out to enjoy both show and dining experiences. Hear about the triumphs and challenges of running a venue, straight from the operators themselves.

Good food, good drink and good fortune at the Adelaide Central Market

Get a glimpse into the future with an interactive fortune cookie at the Adelaide Central Market. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and GPT-3 technology, The Cookie predicts the future, from the personal to the global, and it all starts on your mobile phone.

City trader Libby Trainor Parker is 'extra' in the 2023 Adelaide Fringe

CBD trader Libby Trainor Parker is putting on two Adelaide Fringe shows at Gluttony and hosting a further eight at her business Prompt Creative Centre on Pirie Street. Libby gives an insight into her creative process, the support she has received from a city-not-for-profit and how teachers can claim professional development hours just by watching one of her shows.

New Regent Arcade traders officially launched, with the help of AEDA

From a sleepwear brand that came to fruition after its founder had a cardiac arrest, to a former SANFL footballer tapping into the personal and cleaning product space — these are just two of the new Regent Arcade traders that have embraced a Renew Adelaide initiative.

Data4Brunch Takeaway Points — tourism, events and the visitor economy

On Tuesday 14 February, the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) hosted its Data4Brunch event at The Playford Adelaide, which tapped into tourism, events and the visitor economy. Brunch was very informative, but here are some takeaway points from speakers for you to consume later.

Traders able to cash in on extra foot traffic

Tens of millions of dollars will be pumped into the city's night-time economy thanks to extended trading hours in the CBD on Saturdays during the festival season. For the first time ever, traders can open until 7pm every Saturday, between February 18 to March 18, as part of MallFest — a curated schedule of exciting entertainment, live performances and world-class buskers.

Becoming the Hindley Street Music Hall

More international and national music acts are choosing Adelaide as a place to do business thanks to a revamp of a vacant nightclub, according to Five Four Entertainment director Craig Lock. The Hindley Street Music Hall, which opened in 2022 at the former HQ Complex nightclub site, underwent a $6m redevelopment to create a concert venue that fits up to 1800 people.

A Day Out with... Heather Croall

Supporting small businesses across the city is like going to visit old friends for Adelaide Fringe Chief Executive and Artistic Director Heather Croall. ADLocal caught up with Ms Croall as part of its A day out with... series where top business leaders promote the little guys that make the city tick.

Adelaide among the most-loved destinations in the world

Adelaide is in the top one per cent of the most loved destinations around the world, new Tourism Sentiment Index figures show.

A Day Out with... Pauline Carr

University of South Australia Chancellor Pauline Carr is forever learning about the small businesses that pop up around the city. From consignment stores where she can find something old to make new or small cafes where she can conquer a chocolate craving, Ms Carr says there are countless places around town worth visiting. ADLocal caught up with Ms Carr as part of its A day out with... series where top business leaders promote the little guys that make the city tick.

Tech company casts its way into the Adelaide CBD

A world-leading provider of digital intelligence solutions — Fivecast — has made the move into the CBD, taking advantage of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA)'s Welcome to Adelaide program. Fivecast, which has offices in the United States of America, United Kingdom and Canberra, moved its head office of 100 staff into Hutt Street at the start of January.

Golden business ideas for city restaurateur

A “golden” idea prompted Kyra Wang to open another business in the CBD, less than a year after opening Adelaide’s first and only specialist high tea and mocktail bar. Ms Wang — who owns both Mirra Bar on East Terrace and Von Thai on Flinders Street — last week launched Golden Rooster in the former Bar Le Vie space on Grenfell Street. Von Thai and Mirra Bar were supported by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s ADLocal campaign— a guide to the city’s places to go and people to know.

Retail boom across the city

Sales during November’s Black Friday event were 26 per cent higher than any other weekend in the same month, new data analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency shows. It comes as spending in the city jumped from $378 million in December 2021 to $457 million in December 2022.

A day out with... Paul Gordon

When Paul Gordon walks into his King William Street office each day he is proud of the connection he has with the city. ADLocal caught up with Mr Gordon as part of its A day out with... series where top business leaders promote the little guys that make the city tick.

A day out with ... Adele Fiene

ANZ State General Manager of Business Banking SA/NT Adele Fiene made the move from Sydney to Adelaide in 2022 and hasn't looked back. She caught up with ADLocal to chat about some of the great small businesses she has discovered in such a short time in the city.

Danny Met Sally comes to the CBD through Welcome to Adelaide

Danny Met Sally in the CBD with a little help from the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA). The national disability provider — which has a head office in Sydney — moved to Pirie Street, supported by AEDA’s Welcome to Adelaide program.

AEDA looks back on 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, AEDA reflects on a successful year of supporting the local economy, events and business community. Take a walk down memory lane to look at some of the highlights of the year.

A Re-Newed chapter for the Regent Arcade

Renew Adelaide is set to launch three new ventures in the iconic Regent Arcade as part of the not-for-profit’s plan to revitalise the shopping precinct.

ADL IS ON in new AEDA campaign

The city is on, and there is no off date in sight, in the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA)’s new ADL IS ON campaign showcasing the myriad festivals in 2023.

A day out with... Theo Maras

Despite his semi-retirement status, Maras Group chairman Theo Maras still has a boardroom, of the “unofficial” kind, at the Adelaide Central Market. ADLocal caught up with Mr Maras as part of its A day out with series where business leaders highlight the little guys that are the lifeblood of the city.

Hotel occupancy figures hit all-time high

ADELAIDE recorded an all-time high for hotel occupancy in November following a blockbuster events season. South Australian Tourism Commission data showed hotel room bookings were at an all-time high during Harvest Rock Festival, which celebrated good music, food, wine and brew from 19-20 November.

Enhanced street appeal for more than 130 businesses through grants program

More than 130 businesses around the city received funding through the City-Wide Shopfront Improvement grant program, delivered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency on behalf of the City of Adelaide.

AEDA revamps Black Friday weekend

Shop until you need to bag drop in Rundle Mall thanks to the Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s new Black Friday concierge service.

Scott Faulder's feast for the senses through fashion design

The Rolodex at fashion designer Scott Faulder’s home contains more than just numbers, it is a source of creativity, innovation, and pride. Those numbers are even more important during Feast Festival where drag queens across town wear his designs to celebrate diversity and inclusivity.

DREAM BIG: South Australian Chief Entrepreneur says

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur Andrew Nunn is encouraging South Australian business owners to “dream big”, and not incrementally, to achieve their corporate goals. Speaking at a Startup Week event, Mr Nunn said an incremental mindset “chew(ed) up” time, while “thinking big” had a positive impact on how an individual approached a task.

START/UP Week: Activating Adelaide to attract talent

Attracting, supporting and retaining talent in the tech field needs to play a key role in growing the state’s startup ecosystem, business leaders say. See our wrap up Day 1 at the Startup Festival.

START/UP Week starts up across the city

Business builders, founders, investors, industry and future leaders will come together for the next five days as part of Start Up Week 2022, powered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).

South Australia's events, festivals and concerts among the world's best

Adelaide has been ranked in the top 30 per cent in the world for its events and festivals last quarter, new data shows. Tourism Sentiment Index Score figures — a ranking formulated by how people feel about various locations around the world — showed Adelaide was the 36th best for its events and festivals between July and September 2022

A day out with... Hitaf Rasheed

Events South Australia Executive Director Hitaf Rasheed feels like a tourist in her own city when she visits the small businesses across town. ADLocal caught up with Ms Rasheed as part of its A day out with series where business leaders highlight the small businesses that are the lifeblood of the city.

Polo fun, fashion and support from AEDA to stage event

Spring fashion and polo will take over Ellis Park from 11–12 November when the inaugural Adelaide Polo Classic comes to the city. Organiser Luke Schapel has partnered with (AEDA) through its Strategic Events Fund program, which is designed to assist in staging events that drive visitation, economic activity and vibrancy.

AEDA and Business SA supporting the daily grind

The “backbone” of Coffylosophy Owner Sneha Chaudhary’s successful city café can be attributed to support provided by Business SA and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA).

Inaugural ADL Fashion Week puts South Australian fashion in the spotlight

The first ADL Fashion Week (AFW) has drawn to a close, boasting over 800 attendees across 15 programmed events that showcased over 50 local designers and drove an increase in city foot traffic during Adelaide’s Biggest Shopping Event.

Rundle Mall makes history during WellFest Adelaide

Rundle Mall made history on 22 October when 385 people moved, stretched and flowed as part of WellFest Adelaide's Biggest Yoga Session. The event, the largest outdoor class in an Australian shopping precinct, spanned the entire length of the mall and raised more than $8,000 for Beyond Blue's 24/7 Support Service.

A day out with... Douglas Gautier

The city is Adelaide Festival Centre Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier’s stage, and the small businesses around town help set his show’s scene. ADLocal caught up with Mr Gautier as part of its A day out with series where business leaders highlight the small businesses that make up the fabric of the city.

A pop-up opportunity for King William Street operator

Bringing flavours from Taiwan to Adelaide were among the many reasons Hsin Cheng started a pop-up bao stall to compliment his bricks and mortar café, Astonish Patisserie. His dishes were so successful he has opened a pop-up stall at OzAsia Festival.

Studio Safari's shopfront spruce up

Studio Safari was barely recognisable when Kate Dyer moved her new business to Ifould Street in May. She turned to the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) for support and successfully secured herself a Shopfront Improvement Grant, funded by the City of Adelaide, through Reignite Adelaide 2.0.

Adelaide tourism recovery trumps rates of other major cities

Adelaide's tourism sector has rebounded from the impacts of the COVID-19 faster than any other major Australian city thanks to an influx of visitors to the CBD after dark and on weekends, a new industry report shows.

A day out with... Rosina Di Maria

A day out in the city with Woods Bagot’s Rosina Di Maria is time well spent when she can focus on her health and wellbeing. AEDA caught up with Di Maria to find out how she spends a day in the CBD ahead of WellFest Adelaide's Leaders' Luncheon.

Local company reaps benefits of gamescom

AEDA's Strategic Partnerships Program assists Startup Week

_SOUTHSTART, Australia’s leading innovation festival, will collaborate with the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) to host Startup Week next month.

Health and wellbeing celebrated in the city

The city has been transformed into a health and wellness hub following the launch of WellFest Adelaide today. The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) kicked off the month-long festival with an Arts and Wellbeing Forum at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

Rundle Street Stays Up Fashionably Late

Stay up late on Friday 7 October when Rundle Street hosts South Australia’s first high fashion shopping experience as part of ADL Fashion Week (AFW).

CCCLM Night-Time Economy Research for 2020-21 Released

Adelaide’s night-time economy is rebounding from the impacts of the COVID-19, with the number of restaurants and cafes in the city increasing 10 per cent.

A day out with... Paul Vasileff

Restaurants dishing up authentic Italian food reminiscent of his European travels are just as important as runways for Adelaide’s own king of couture Paul Vasileff.

Your Lunchbreak, sorted ... at Fishbank Adelaide

Fishbank Adelaide, which prides itself on serving the freshest, most sustainably sourced fish from Australian waterways, is known for its iconic 'raw menu’. Your lunchbreak never tasted so good at the King William Street venue. The restaurant will host the ADL Fashion Week Launch on Thursday 6 October.

Fintech Plenti plants roots in the Adelaide CBD

Welcome to Adeaide: There is plenty to be excited about in the Adelaide CBD following a national consumer lender’s decision to break into the South Australian market.

Your lunchbreak, sorted at... Sunmi's Sushi

For more than 27 years, Sunmi from Sunmi’s Sushi has been serving hungry Market diners authentic Korean dishes and street food inspired by the tastes of her homeland. From her popular rice bowls topped with veggies, marinated meat and egg to green pancakes topped with special sauce, Sumni’s menu has something for everyone. She shares her top dishes as part of Your Lunchbreak, Sorted.

AEDA launches its WellFest Adelaide festival program

From the biggest yoga in Rundle Mall to forest bathing at the Adelaide Zoo, events and activities that tap into the mindfulness movement will take over the city as part of WellFest Adelaide next month.

A day out with... Grant Wilckens

There are countless small businesses around Adelaide worth visiting for Discovery Holiday Parks and the G’Day Group Chief Executive Officer Grant Wilckens. ADLocal caught up with Grant, whose company operates about 300 holiday parks across the country, to find out some of his favourites as part of its new series, A day out with.

Your lunchbreak, sorted at… The Union Hotel

The Union Hotel had its beginnings back in 1855 and, since then, has since become one of Adelaide’s most iconic watering holes. From lunchtime pub grub to a gourmet specials list — your lunchbreak never tasted so good at the Waymouth Street venue.

July marks record spending in the city

Total spend in the city reached new heights in July, with latest Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) figures showing the CBD and North Adelaide recorded their strongest month-to-date since December 2021.

Architecture and art collide

JPE Design Studio, an architectural firm, and Guildhouse, a not-for-profit that supports South Australian visual artists, craftspeople and designers, have joined forces to create an Art in Residence program. The initiative allows artists to work within JPE Design Studio and present their work as part of the Adelaide Fringe or SALA festivals.

Pop-up shop to support local designers

The next generation of South Australian fashion designers will have access to studio, retail and event space as part of a new City of Adelaide initiative to support local, up-and-coming creatives. The Fashion Est. in North Adelaide Village offers designers studio, retail and event space, as well as a chance to show the public their creative design process.

High-tech visitor experience centre planned for the CBD

A state-of-the-art visitor experience centre – which could incorporate technologies such as virtual reality exhibits, interactive maps and 3D holographic displays – is planned for the CBD as part of a push to lure more tourists to the city.

Your (late) Lunchbreak, Sorted at ... Hades Hula House

In this fortnight's edition of Your Lunchbreak, Sorted, we talk to one of the city’s newest businesses, Hades Hula House on Hindley Street. The Tiki restaurant and cocktail lounge had its origins in Semaphore but relocated to the city in August 2022 to move onto bigger pastures. Exotic flavours and liquid libations await those who dare.

Iconic SA brand - Mercato - named as Eighty Eight O'Connell's flagship tenant

North Adelaide will get another slice of Italy following iconic retailer Mercato’s expansion into the $250 million Eighty Eight O’Connell development. The brand, which had its beginnings in Campbelltown, would include a retail section, restaurant and bar, spread out across 850sq m.

City pub group uses beer kegs to save the environment

Helping reduce single-use plastics in pubs is as simple as turning to an empty beer keg, the Duxton Pub Group’s Group Chairman Ed Peter says. The business, which owns The Lion on Melbourne Street in North Adelaide and Saracens Head on Carrington Street, now uses stainless-steel beer kegs to replace plastic containers to store olive oil.

City economy continues to show strong COVID-19 recovery

Rundle Mall has the lowest vacancy rate in the nation, the latest CBRE research shows. Property Council of Australia data also showed that Adelaide had the highest number of staff returning to their offices after working from home during COVID-19.

WellFest Adelaide returns for another year

Business owners and operators can channel their inner zen and offer well-being events and experiences when WellFest Adelaide returns to the city this October.

Adelaide's spending outperforming national trends, data shows

Spending across the City of Adelaide has outperformed national's trends, new data analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency shows.

Your Lunchbreak, sorted at ... LaHore Tea House

In this fortnight's edition of Your Lunchbreak, Sorted, we talk authentic Pakistani food with LaHore Tea House – the Producer in Residence at the Adelaide Central Market. Owner Muhammad Aman Ullah moved to Australia three years ago and opened his pop-up stall with food that is rich in flavour, and even richer in tradition.

Free business support helped with wellbeing, Orenda Hair owner says

Dea Tirimacco and Vicki Yeates opened their business – Orenda Hair – on Ebenezer Place after realising a shared vision for a fun, environmentally conscious and unpretentious salon. The duo turned to Business SA’s Reignite Your Business growth consulting program to further boost their business.

How a Citywide Shopfront Grant helped me, eleven owner

eleven co-owner Themis Chryssidis was able to give his Waymouth Street bar and restaurant a spruce up with a Shopfront Improvement Grant, giving his patrons a new dining experience.

When the sun goes down, the outback on North Terrace lights up

Presented by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), Illuminate Adelaide's City Lights is a free, citywide spectacle of light and sound across the north, east and west precincts of the CBD. We speak to Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira about his City Lights installation called Going Out Bush.

Melbourne Street leading the charge in North Adelaide

Melbourne Street has one of the lowest vacancy rates across the city, new data analysed by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) shows.