The sugar industry has been the backbone of the economy in this area for many years. There is a large commercial office park in Ballito, next to the N2 freeway. This business park contains a full service industry. The proximity of King Shaka International Airport and Dube Tradeport has led to fast growth in Ballito. The tourism industry forms a huge part of Dolphin Coast's economy, as holiday makers flock to Ballito during the summer months.