From the General Manager
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
You may be aware the Senate Economics Legislation Committee is having a short inquiry into the Government's proposed legislation on the Backpacker tax (Working Holiday Maker Reform) proposals. A hearing will be held next Wednesday in Canberra.
Last night's Federal Budget focuses on the future while providing real help right now for more small and medium enterprises and its investment in tourism will help Australia to attract more international visitors and support jobs and growth in the sector.
The Business Activity index for the December quarter 2015 rose by 31%. The improved performance was attributed to a sense of rising consumer confidence, an increase in the number of interstate travellers, events including corporate events and the impact of the Riverbank precinct developments.
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.