The debacle of South Australia’s Visitor Information Centre has continued with the Weatherill Labor Government announcing yet another location for the Centre.
In 2011, the Centre was ordered to move from its high-profile King William Street office to an underground basement in Grenfell Street.
It was later discovered that the underground Grenfell Street building to which the Visitor Centre relocated was owned by Mr Bob Foord and the move was initiated while Mr Foord was chair of the Tourism Commission.
The Grenfell Street centre was to be run by a company called Holidays of Australia, which won the contract. Mr Foord’s son-in-law, Ben Mead, became the head of Holidays of Australia.
In 2012, the Centre then moved to the Service SA building on North Terrace.
Today, the Weatherill Labor Government has announced the Visitor Centre will be moved again – this time, to James Place off Rundle Mall.
“This is the fourth location for the centre in as many years and the Minister has managed to get it wrong once again,” said Shadow Tourism Minister David Ridgway.
“South Australia’s Visitor Information Centre should be in a prominent location – not hidden in some alleyway or in an underground basement.
“Today’s announcement follows yesterday’s revelation that nine displays at the Tasting Australia event in Victoria Square were closed because stall holders were unable to pay State Government fees to open on all event days.
“This was a poor look for Tasting Australia in front of the international media and a lost opportunity for the regions that couldn’t afford to open on their displays on the weekend.
“Tourism is a very important industry for South Australia and deserves better leadership, management and support from the Weatherill Labor Government.”