Over the past 12 months a core focus area for SATIC has been around the advocacy space, with the aim of creating a strong, credible and unified voice for the tourism industry in South Australia.

An integral part of this work was undertaken earlier this year when we delivered a series of 19 regional ‘Meet the Minister’ workshops, providing an opportunity for 850 operators to have their say on the opportunities and challenges facing industry with the Minister for Tourism – David Ridgway.

Most recently, I have been working closely with the SATIC Board and industry leaders on a number of key issues, including the Overland rail service and the Adelaide Oval Hotel development.

Following SATIC’s December Board Meeting, I am pleased to inform that Eoin Loftus has been reappointed as Chairman and Rob Denton-Brown as Treasurer. Michelle Hocking has also been appointed as Vice Chair, taking over from Elaine Ratcliffe who has been a fantastic support. Special thanks to Peer Norsell, who has resigned from the Board, for his significant contribution over the last four years. We wish Peer the best of luck with his new role in South Korea.

Exciting news for tourism this week was the announcements in Whaylla, including the 150-room hotel to be built by Pelligra Group. I was thrilled to visit Whyalla on the day and have no doubt these developments will bring about many positive benefits for the Whyalla region and our State’s visitor economy as we progress towards unlocking the 2020 tourism targets.

Furthermore, I am also delighted to share that I have been appointed as a Deputy Member of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission within the Food, Wine, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Council. I look forward to being a part of the Board and having the opportunity to influence the governments agenda on skills and training over the next two years.

2018 has been a fantastic year for tourism and I thank our members and partners for their ongoing support, passion and commitment towards this key economic driver for our state.

Have a happy Christmas and I look forward to continuing the momentum in 2019!

Shaun de Bruyn
Chief Executive Officer
South Australian Tourism Industry Council