SA tourism change

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SOUTH Aus­tralia’s Tourism, Trade and In­vest­ment Min­is­ter David Ridg­way has been re­lieved of his tourism port­fo­lio, with the state’s Pre­mier Steven Mar­shall tak­ing on the job di­rectly for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

The de­ci­sion was pre­cip­i­tated by mas­sive dev­as­ta­tion caused by bush­fires to ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions in the state, in­clud­ing the Ade­laide Hills wine re­gion and Kan­ga­roo Is­land.

Mar­shall told the me­dia over the week­end that he would take con­trol of the state’s $7.6 bil­lion tourism in­dus­try to en­sure South Aus­tralia re­cov­ers in the wake of be­ing “hit for six” by the fires.

“Ever since 20 Dec, our for­tunes have changed in South Aus­tralia and it hasn’t been good - I think we’ve been kicked in the guts in terms of what Mother Na­ture has thrown at us,” he said.

Mar­shall said the de­ci­sion also made sense be­cause Ridg­way was forced to spend a lot of time over­seas be­cause of his Trade port­fo­lio, how­ever Shadow SA Trea­surer Stephen Mul­lighan claimed the de­ci­sion was at­trib­ut­able to Ridg­way over­see­ing a string of tourism blem­ishes, in­clud­ing the po­lar­is­ing Old Mate cam­paign and a drop in in­ter­na­tional vis­i­ta­tion.

MEAN­WHILE Tourism & Trans­port Fo­rum’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Margy Os­mond wel­comed the move, hail­ing the “proac­tive” ap­proach to the eco­nomic re­cov­ery ef­forts needed in SA.

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