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From the Chief Executive


From the Chief Executive is intended to keep you, as a SATIC member, more informed of what I'm doing, as Chief Executive 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.



Australian Tourism Roundtable

21 July 2014

In addition to State issues, as CE of SATIC, I proudly represent the South Australian tourism industry on a number of national tourism organisations and participate in various forums at a national tourism level among industry and with the Federal Government and Opposition.

I am on the Board of the National Tourism Alliance and the Australian Regional Tourism Network, as well as holding the positions of Chairman of the Australian Tourism Awards Owners Group and Vice Chairman of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.

From the Chief Executive - 14 July 2014

14 July 2014

The SATIC Board wants to be clear about the future funding negotiations with the SA Tourism Commission, as reported in today’s Advertiser (p.3).

SATIC was asking for $240,000 in total over the next 3 years for tourism accreditation and associated training for tourism businesses out of the SA Tourism Commission’s budget allocation of around $150 million over the same period to assist us in reaching tourism businesses across the State and keeping costs for participation as low as we can.

This request for accreditation funding was rejected, however negotiations around the South Australian Tourism Awards continue.

Relationship with the SA Tourism Commission

04 July 2014

I’m sure you were as surprised as I was to receive the "Dear valued partner & supporter of the SA Tourism Commission" email about SATIC. I was possibly more surprised considering I had only left a meeting with Leon Bignell & Rodney Harrex at Parliament House two hours prior to receiving my own “Dear Ward” version of the email.

Federal Government Discontinues T-QUAL Logo

01 July 2014

The new Federal Government has discontinued the T-QUAL logo, effective from midnight on 30 June. It's important to point out that the cessation of T-QUAL by the Federal Government does not affect the ATAP or Ecotourism accreditation programs delivered by SATIC.

South Australian Budget 2014

20 June 2014

As SA's independent tourism body, SATIC continues to advocate for more resources and a whole of government approach to the tourism industry based on its current and future potential as a job creator and economic driver for the State and will continue to do so on behalf of our members. 

The 2014/15 State Budget was released on Thursday 19th June. The SA Tourism Commission 'Agency Statement' opens with the statement that it "aims to grow the state's tourism industry expenditure to $8bn by 2020" and "tourism is a significant industry in South Australia contributing 5.2% to Gross State Product".

The SA Tourism Commission's budget allocation for 2014/15 is $50.157m comprising 3 areas.

South Australian Visitor Information Centre

12 June 2014

SATIC members have consistently called for a high-profile, centrally-located and accessible visitor information centre to showcase our State’s amazing tourism experiences.


A collaboration between the SA Tourism Commission and the Adelaide City Council around visitor information and services for South Australia has led to a new Visitor Information Centre (VIC) being opened on Tuesday in James Place, just off Rundle Mall.

SATIC Response to Draft SA Tourism Plan 2015-2020

02 June 2014

Industry was asked by the SA Tourism Commission to provide feedback on the Draft South Australian Tourism Plan 2015-2020.  After member consultation and feedback, the SATIC Board have submitted the following feedback on behalf of our members.

Draft SA Tourism Plan 2015-2020

19 May 2014

The SA Tourism Commission has recently developed the Draft South Australian Tourism Plan 2015-2020.

SATIC Tourism Barometer - March qtr 2014

15 May 2014

The business activity index fell by 10% from 144 to 129 points in the March 2014 quarter survey while the short term business outlook index fell by 3%...

Federal Budget Tourism Analysis

14 May 2014

Following the Budget 2014, delivered last night by Treasurer, The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, the National Tourism Alliance has prepared a summary for your reference, highlighting specific areas of interest.

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