I am excited to share that the State Government has recently established a ‘Taskforce for the Visitor Economy (TVE)’, which will see the government work collectively to unlock the 2020 targets of $8 billion and 41,000 jobs.

The need for a whole of government approach was a key theme highlighted by industry at our recent series of ‘Meet the Minister’ events with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment – Hon David Ridgway MLC, and is one of the ten priorities that form SATIC’s Tourism Industry Agenda.

The TVE, led by Minister Ridgway and the Minister for Environment and Water – Hon David Speirs MP, will aim to foster a collaborative cross-government approach to establish strategies that facilitate industry growth, with involvement from various government agencies, such as:

  • South Australian Tourism Commission
  • Department for Environment and Water
  • Department for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regions
  • Department of Treasury and Finance

As the voice of the tourism industry in South Australia, we congratulate the government on the establishment of the TVE and will continue to support this positive initiative as we have no doubt that it will assist our industry to maximize its economic potential.

When more details are locked away on this important whole of government initiative, we will provide further updates.

Shaun de Bruyn
Chief Executive Officer
South Australian Tourism Industry Council