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Libs double down on tourism

Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway has used the SA Tourism Industry Council’s Political
Perspective Event to outline the Marshall Liberal Team’s strong plan to grow South Australia’s
tourism sector and create more jobs.

The State Liberal’s tourism proposition is focused on showcasing South Australia to the world,
growing the overall tourism sector to create more jobs and increasing investment to attract more
international and interstate visitors and events to South Australia.

“The tourism industry will be a key driver for our economy and job creator for South Australia”, said
Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway.

“We know that for every $160,000 spent in our visitor economy it creates one new South Australian
job and that’s why we’re investing heavily to grow this sector.

“South Australia has a multitude of opportunities to capitalise on our unique natural strengths,
particularly in the regions, and build upon our city’s assets.”

A Marshall Liberal Government will:

 Increase the Events Bid Fund to $40 million over four years;
 Invest $5 million to deliver The Adelaide Convention Bureau’s Billion Dollar Benefit plan;
 Bid for major international events such as the Clipper Race around the World and World
Waterski championships;
 Develop the Great Southern Bike Trail;
 Unlock nature based tourism opportunities in Innes National Park;
 Expand the Adelaide Convention Bureau’s mandate to secure smaller conventions and
conferences in regional SA at private venues;
 Build an Australian National Aboriginal Art and Culture Gallery on the old RAH site;
 Invest $60 million to move the International Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Food Studies
from Regency Park to old RAH site;
 Invest $100 million to create almost 21,000 new places in the Vocational Education and
Training (VET) system;
 Boost international student numbers by investing $2.5 million annually in StudyAdelaide; and,
 Abolish payroll tax for all small businesses.

“I’m committed to work with the SATIC on an Industry Summit which would help to form the tourism
agenda for the first term of government,” said Mr Ridgway.

“I will also pursue the recommendations of the Regional Visitor Strategy as a priority.”

All State Liberal tourism policies can be found at and SATIC can
be contacted for a copy of the State Liberal’s response to its Tourism Industry Agenda.

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