ATEC managing director Peter Shelley, has said this week that the South Australian Government’s decision to not dissolve an important advisory board was a wise move that would protect the future of tourism in the state.
“In this case, the tourism industry took a strong and united stand against plans to disband the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) advisory Board, which provided a valuable connection to the tourism industry on the ground,” Mr Shelley said.
After fierce lobbying by ATEC and its members, the Government listened and realised the plans to remove this board would not be in the best interest of a growing tourism industry.
“We are pleased the Government has been receptive to the voice of industry and understands the importance of maintaining a direct contribution from the industry which can support and drive the strategic vision for tourism in the state.”
The SATC Board consists of skills based positions from a range of areas including industry and non-industry experts and has been responsible for building the current tourism strategy for 2020.
“It is vital they continue their role in helping to ensure commercially focused decision making that will deliver tourism growth and above all tourism jobs for South Australia.”
ATEC SA chairman Paul Brown, said tourism has been identified as a key driver for the South Australian economy and a creator of up to 10,000 new jobs.
“This week ATEC is holding a series of export industry events where more than 40 international travel buyers are meeting with 40 South Australian tourism experiences giving our SA industry exposure to representatives from the UK, Europe and North America and Eastern markets including India, Singapore, Malaysia and importantly China,” Mr Brown said.