From the Chief Executive
My regular newsletters are intended to keep you, as a SATIC member, more informed of what I'm doing, as General Manager of your industry body. The work I do is on your behalf, so I don't want this to be a one-way conversation. I invite your responses, direction, contributions and comments, please do so by making a comment at the end of each item.
SHAUN DE BRUYN
Taxis and chauffeur vehicles are an important part of the South Australian tourism industry, and are often the first experience of Adelaide for visitors and tourists. It is necessary for that sector of the industry to grow and thrive into the future.
Minister Hunter and Minister Bignell released South Australia’s Nature Based Tourism Draft Action Plan last weekend. It outlines ten actions for growing nature based tourism across the State, while supporting the ongoing conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.
The 2015-16 SA Tourism Commission budget papers open with the commitment to work towards the State’s tourism expenditure potential of $8bn by 2020. As I’ve said in the past, this requires a growth rate 3 times our 15 year average, but it does underline what tourism can achieve for South Australia.
The Minister for Tourism has announced his intention that the SA Tourism Commission Board be replaced with an “industry panel”.
However, this decision still has to make its way through the SA Parliament. The SA Tourism Commission is a statutory body under the South Australian Tourism Commission Act 1993.