The recent attack on a female Belgian backpacker in South Australia is raising concerns that it may damage the state’s tourism.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill described the attack on the 24-year old woman as a “significant reputational issue” for Australian tourism.
The Australian reports that the Wolf Creek-style attack took place in the same region as last year’s February attacks, in the southeast Murrylands-Coorong region. The incident has been described as eerily similar to the scenes in Oz horror flick Wolf Creek, with rescuers saving two bloodied backpackers from remote sand dunes.
The incident has caused major fears for operators in the South Australian tourist industry that these crimes will alter how tourists view and visit the state.
However, The Australian reports that the Premier has assured the public that those involved in the crimes will be held accountable and dealt with accordingly.
A 52 year old man has been arrested charged with three counts of rape and one count of unlawful detention, and faced Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday.