South Australian Events Need Urgent Security

SA Labor is calling on the Marshall Liberal Government to implement an ‘events cancellation fund’, as the tourism industry highlights the need for a form of insurance to minimise the risk for new events as the pandemic continues to hit the industry hard.

Over the past 17 months a number of events have been either cancelled or postponed because of lockdowns locally and interstate and border closures that have prevented visitors coming to South Australia.

The event industry has suffered significant financial losses during the pandemic and this has impacted thousands of jobs in tourism and hospitality industry.

Last week Labor set out a package of measures it wanted the Marshall Liberal Government to implement, including targeted financial assistance to make the industry sustainable until the worst impacts of the pandemic have passed.

The suite of assistance measures would also include an events cancellation fund.

Yesterday the Tourism Industry Council of South Australia said COVID-19 was frightening off event organisers and called for the Government to provide more support to help event organisers manage the risk of holding an event through an insurance scheme to de-risk event up-front costs if pandemic measures force cancellation or postponement.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison

Labor and the tourism industry have called on the Marshall Liberal Government to provide constructive support for tourism and event businesses to help them survive, but so far those calls are falling on deaf ears.

The tourism and hospitality industries support tens of thousands of South Australian jobs and these businesses are doing it tough, but all Steven Marshall is offering is spin – packaging up old events like the Royal Show and the Christmas Pageant as the alternative to the Adelaide 500.

The Adelaide 500 drew in hundreds of thousands of spectators spending tens of millions of dollars in our economy and filling thousands of bed nights every year – now there’s nothing to replace it in spite of the empty promises of the Premier.