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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.



SATIC Tourism Barometer - December qtr 2014

12 February 2015

In the December quarter 2014 survey the business activity index fell by 7% while the short term business outlook index also fell – down by 14%.

SATIC Tourism Barometer - September qtr 2014

31 October 2014

In the September quarter 2014 survey the business activity index grew by 11% while the short term business outlook index was also up – increasing 18%.

SA Tourism Commission Board to be replaced

16 October 2014

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.

SATIC Tourism Barometer - June qtr 2014

06 August 2014

In the June quarter 2014 survey the business activity index fell by 9% from 129 to 118 points while the short term business outlook index fell by 17%

South Australian Tourism Plan 2020

01 August 2014

The South Australian Tourism Plan 2020 has been released.

With tourism recognised as one of Australia's "super-growth" industries and a key driver of the South Australian economy, this is a very important document for South Australia. It represents a potential $250 million in government expenditure (not factoring in any budget cuts) to support and develop the South Australian tourism sector over the next 5 years.

Future of the SA Tourism Commission Board

01 August 2014

On Tuesday 22 July, the Minister for Tourism advised the Estimates Committee of South Australian Parliament that a review of the SA Tourism Commission Board is underway.

The Tourism Minister is questioning whether the $250,000 per annum spent on the Board could not be better spent in marketing South Australia.

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.

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