The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Hon David Ridgway MLC will be visiting Kingscote on Tuesday, 26 June to meet with tourism industry representatives, as part of a series of regional events organised by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC).
The “Meet the Minister” event in Kingscote will take place on Tuesday, June 26 from 4pm to 7pm at the Kangaroo Island Brewery.
For more information and to register, visit: www.satic.com.au or phone 8110 0123.
The event proudly supported by Tourism Kangaroo Island.
Minister Ridgway and SATIC recently announced that they would be joining forces to deliver 19 free tourism industry events across all of South Australia’s regions.
SATIC chief executive officer Shaun de Bruyn said these events would promote discussion on the South Australian visitor economy, and enable tourism operators from across the state to discuss the key challenges, priorities and opportunities facing their industry with the new minister.
“We are looking forward to continuing SATIC’s strong working relationship with Minister Ridgway and the State Government to unlock the full potential of tourism within South Australia,” Mr de Bruyn said.
“The state’s tourism industry currently employs over 36,000 South Australians, with the visitor economy now worth a record-breaking $6.6 billion.
“As the peak body for South Australia’s tourism industry, SATIC is committed to its role as an industry advocate and leader, contributing to the sustainable growth of profitable tourism businesses.
“A first for SATIC, these events aim to foster a positive working relationship between tourism businesses and the State Government, ensuring both parties work collectively to shape the direction of this key economic driver for our state.”
Minister Ridgway emphasised the importance of hearing first-hand from tourism operators and other industry stakeholders.
"The Marshall Government will have a strong emphasis on growing South Australia's tourism sector to bring more dollars into our economy and create more jobs," Mr Ridgway said.
"I firmly believe the best way to grow the tourism sector is to work collaboratively with local tourism businesses, operators and other stakeholders who have skin in the game and are at the coal face.
"That's why I'll be getting out into the regions over the coming months, to get a better understanding of how the State Government can help address some of the challenges that the tourism sector is facing as well as how we can maximise the enormous opportunities that exist.”