SATIC actively lobbies on behalf of its members to achieve the best business environment for tourism operators in this State. We are your voice.
By regularly consulting its members and working with government, SATIC works to achieve positive and constructive outcomes for the South Australian tourism industry. The strength of its membership, which ranges from micro to large sized businesses across all regions and sectors, enables SATIC to gather valuable insight and represent the position of the industry accurately.
SATIC maintains a tourism industry presence at national, state and local government level as well as at industry forums and in the media.
SATIC represents the South Australian tourism industry on a range of government & industry bodies, boards and working groups, including:
- Australian Regional Tourism Network Inc
- Australian Tourism Accreditation Program Ltd
- Australian Tourism Awards Owners Group
- Naracoorte Caves Master Plan Reference Group
- National Tourism Alliance
Exclusive to members: Read Ward Tilbrook's From the Chief Executive posts on current advocacy issues.
Australian Tourism Roundtable
Ward Tilbrook attended the second Australian Tourism Roundtable in Canberra on 24 June 2014, which was convened by the National Tourism Alliance. The Australian Tourism Round Table is an industry-led forum to foster the exchange of information and the formulation of common national policy positions for the benefit of the Australian tourism industry.
Related post: From the Chief Executive - Australian Tourism Roundtable
|Australian Tourism Roundtable Communique||587KB|
|Australian Tourism Roundtable Attendee List||196KB|
SATIC Response to the Draft South Australian Tourism Plan 2015 - 2020
After member consultation and feedback, the SATIC Board have submitted feedback on the Draft South Australian Tourism Plan 2015-2020.
|Draft SA Tourism Plan Feedback - 020614||236KB|
SA Visitor & Travel Centre
The SA Tourism Commission's SA Visitor & Travel Centre at 18 King William Street ceased operations on 1 July 2011; it was outsourced to private South Australian company, Holidays of Australia where it operated from its Grenfell St premises. It was then returned to the SA Tourism Commission and relocated to Service SA on North Tce in July 2012.
In June 2014, the SA Tourism Commission moved its visitor information services to a new location just off Rundle Mall in James Place, in partnership with the Adelaide City Council.
Review of the 2009-14 SA Tourism Plan
With the 2009-14 South Australian Tourism Plan coming to an end, SATIC engaged an independent researcher to provide a review of the Plan. Many of the measurements were aligned to the "SA Brand Health Monitor" which was discontinued some time ago.
The results of the review should assist in the implementation of the next Tourism Plan 2015-2020.
|SA Tourism Plan Report Card||336KB|
Tourism Election Wish List
For the South Australian tourism industry to achieve its potential, SATIC considers three key areas must be addressed:
|Tourism Election Wishlist - Feb 2014||1.5MB|
New Federal Government Commitment to T-QUAL & TIRF Grants
The National Tourism Alliance, of which SATIC is a member, expressed its concern to Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Federal Minster for Trade and Investment, regarding the new Federal Government's commitment to the T-QUAL and TIRF grants.
SATIC was involved in this issue nationally. Ward had a meeting with Ausindustry and was quoted in the media about the importance of honouring these grants for the successful applicants.
|Response from Hon Andrew Robb AO MP||315KB|
Tourist Refund Scheme
SATIC strongly supports the proposal to amend Australia’s Tourist Refund Scheme to allow private refund providers to operate in an open and competitive market. This key enhancement to tourism shopping has the potential to encourage further spending from international visitors to South Australia.
|Response from Leon Bignell MP||52.5KB|
|SATIC letter to Hon Leon Bignell MP, Minister for Tourism||192.5KB|
The accredited VIC network plays an important role in tourism information, distribution and conversion. The resourcing of specific programs to serve, support and promote accredited VICs is essential. A letter has been sent to the SA Tourism Commission to ascertain the level of support going forward.
|Response from Rodney Harrex||59KB|
|SATIC letter to Rodney Harrex re support for VICs||287KB|
What Adelaide Tourism Needs to be Vibrant
SATIC Members in the Greater Adelaide region highlighted three key areas to support tourism growth, encourage sustainability and make Adelaide more attractive for business and tourism.
- Addressing employment costs
- Increased marketing
- All year round calendar of events
Without successful sustainable businesses, Adelaide cannot have long-term vibrancy and prosperity.
|SATIC Media Release: What Adelaide Tourism Needs to be Vibrant||429KB|
Regional Visitor Guides
Concern was raised by SATIC Members about the review process, release dates and ultimately the accuracy of South Australian Regional Visitor Guides.
|SATIC letter to Karyn Kent re SA Regional Visitor Guides||219KB|
Great White Shark Cage Diving Licenses
SATIC Members in Port Lincoln raised concerns that the SA Government may remove existing Great White Shark Cage Diving licenses from tourism businesses in response to a recommendation in the CSIRO's "Effects of Berleying on Sharks" report.
SATIC maintained that there was no justification for the Government to remove a license and destroy any legitimate successful regional tourism business.
Related post: From the Chief Executive - Great White Shark Cage Diving
|SATIC letter of thanks to Hon Paul Caica MP||174KB|
|SATIC letter to Hon Paul Caica MP, Minister for Environment & Conservation||228KB|
|Effects of Berleying report||795KB|
SA Business Coalition
SATIC were part of the SA Business Coalition advocating aginst the half-day public holidays and associated penalty rates for Christmas and New Year's Eve being part of the deal between Business SA and the SDA to allow CBD retailers to open on public holidays.
It is incongruous that all businesses in SA who employ people on Christmas & NYE will have to pay additional labour costs to have shops open in the city.
SATIC was part of this Business Coalition until we were threatened with legal action.
Related post: From the Chief Executive - SA Business Coalition
Outback Power Prices
|Koutsantonis Media Release: Power Price Relief for SA Remote Communities||95KB|
|SATIC Media Release: Alarming Power Prices Spark Outback Anger||303KB|
Draft Regional Tourism Growth Plan Proposal
The South Australian Tourism Commission released a Draft Regional Tourism Growth Plan Proposal in December 2010. The proposal was aimed at the Tourism Commission's regional structure and approach.
|Draft Regional Tourism Growth Plan Proposal||133KB|
|SATIC letter to Ian Darbyshire, SA Tourism Commission||115KB|
|SATIC Media Statement: Regional Tourism Growth Plan||301KB|
Proposed McLaren Vale Housing Development
McLaren Vale winemakers, business owners and environmental groups are fighting to stop the creation of a new suburb, Seaford Heights between Victor Harbor and Main South Roads. A 1130-housing development is proposed for the 77ha site. McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association chairman Dudley Brown said it would be a “disastrous entrance statement” to the Fleurieu, McLaren Vale and Kangaroo Island.
|SATIC letter of support to McLaren Vale Wine Grape and Tourism Association||234KB|
Seeking a Balance: Mining in Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary
The Flinders Ranges is recognised as one of Tourism Australia’s 15 iconic landscapes under the National Landscapes initiative, but the SA Government was looking to exploit the region’s mineral & energy resources including the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. SA's mineral exports are currently worth around $1.4 billion a year, while our tourism visitor expenditure is $4.6 billion.
SATIC's position is that nature tourism and mining are fundamentally incompatible. The tourism industry’s interests should not be marginalised. SATIC has put forward a submission to the relevant Ministers and to DEH on behalf of the industry.
Murray River Tourism
The Federal Minister for Tourism issued a press release entitled Drought fails to Leave Murray Tourism High and Dry which stated, in relation to Murray River tourists, "80 per cent said the drought had no impact on their perceptions."
This was in response to a Tourism Research Australia report titled Impact of the Drought on Murray River Tourism which includes the statistic that "overnight visits in the Murray Region had declined on average by 2.2% in the period 1999 - 2008" and that "total tourism expenditure would have been 5.1% higher on 2008 levels if it had not been for the drought."
This TRA report could be considered to be understating the impact of drought on Murray River tourism in South Australia and our Murray River operators are feeling a significantly greater impact than the report portrays. This report coupled with Minister Ferguson's press release seems to indicate a denial of the magnitude of the issues facing Murray River Tourism particularly in South Australia.
The TRA report covers the length of the Murray, reading the 130 page background paper on the report is a serious commitment and you need may a degree in research to understand it.
The background paper does include the obvious statement that "The aspects of the Murray River which were most commonly perceived as having declined due to the drought were those activities associated with water – aesthetics of the landscape, fishing, water sports, swimming, paddle steamer trips and houseboat hire. Region 8 (i.e. lower lakes) was most strongly associated with a decline in these types of activities".
Related post: From the Chief Executive - Murray River Tourism
Kangaroo Island Watergap Project
The costs to get to Kangaroo Island and to operate a business on Kangaroo Island have been an issue for South Australian tourism for many years.
The Kangaroo Island Watergap Recognition Project was commissioned by the Kangaroo Island Development Board and covers the issue in detail and puts the case for subsidies on the ferry operation.
As the report states "If the trip from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw was a road it would cost a truck $36 to drive the distance, as it’s a ferry is costs $311.00 to get that truck across. Kangaroo Island is only 110 kms from Adelaide but in reality it may as well be 950kms away".
This obviously represents a cost implication that affects all aspects of life and business on Kangaroo Island.
There is a precedent for subsidies on ferries. King and Flinders Islands in Tasmania are now subsidised intrastate ferry connections and the 12 ferries operating across the Murray River in SA are all subsidised.
Ward Tilbrook participated in a Watergap meeting hosted by the KI Development Board, Business SA and the SA Freight Council. SATIC's position is that the comparative economic disadvantages of operating a tourism business on Kangaroo Island relative to those of other destinations in the State need to be addressed and Watergap Recognition Project is an important input into the process.
|Kangaroo Island Watergap Public Briefing Paper||50KB|
|Kangaroo Island Watergap Recognition Project - Full report||440KB|
Recognition for Accredited Tourism Businesses
It is critical that the SA Tourism Commission and SATIC work together in the development of an attractive business benefits and recognition package that will be available to SATIC members that undertake successful accreditation.
|SATIC letter to Jo Podoliak re recognition package for accredited businesses||282KB|