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Tourism Conference set to boost visitor numbers in SA

The South Australia Industry Council’s (SATIC) 9th annual Tourism Conference is set to build on the momentum of South Australia’s booming visitor numbers, with the State’s visitor economy now worth a record-breaking $6.6 billion.

The two full-day program, held from the 29th to the 30th May at the Hilton Adelaide, will showcase eight masterclasses, nine plenary sessions and 15 practical workshops which aim to support business growth and contribute to the ongoing development of our dynamic and competitive tourism industry.

More than 25 speakers will share insights and introduce ideas on a diverse range of topics, including service excellence, ecotourism, business growth, development & strategies and the visitor economy.

A highlight of the Conference will be the inaugural ‘Legend of Tourism’ plenary speaker – Phil Hoffmann Managing Director of Phil Hoffmann Travel.

With a business that has spanned almost 30 years and employs more than 200 South Australians across ten branches, delegates are sure to be inspired by his success story.

Social Researcher Mark McCrindle will present an analysis of our fast-moving times and provide a snapshot of the key trends redefining our society.

The University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneur in Residence Kristian Livolsi will draw on his life experience to demonstrate how failure can be powerful tool for renewal and positive change.

SATIC Chief Executive Officer Shaun de Bruyn says the Conference is a must-attend event for industry development, education and networking.

“SATIC’s annual tourism conference aims to facilitate the ongoing development of South Australia’s innovative and highly competitive tourism industry, of which is undeniably now a key economic driver for our State,” said de Bruyn.

“We are proud to once again be joining forces with our Principal Partner – the South Australian Tourism Commission to deliver a fantastic program that will equip delegates with new knowledge, tools and strategies to sustain business growth and in turn support South Australia’s flourishing visitor economy.”

Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment David Ridgway said South Australian operators are doing some amazing work in the tourism space and we want to continue to develop tourism because that fuels economic growth and jobs.

“The Conference is an opportunity to work together to help achieve our ambitious tourism goals,” Ridgway said.

“We are here to listen and find ways for South Australia to take full advantage of the tourism boom as we aim for $8 billon in visitor spend.”

South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex said the numbers show that we are hitting the right tourism notes, attracting more visitors who are staying longer and spending big.

“We have got some great operators who are out there doing great things and it is brilliant to see many of them on board working to ensure South Australia continues to go from strength to strength,” Harrex said.

Conference registrations close on Tuesday, 15 May. For more information go here.

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