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The Government of South Australia is seeking proponents to help create an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies on a prime site in Adelaide’s central business district at the nation’s most exciting innovation and entrepreneurship neighbourhood, Lot Fourteen.

Expressions of interest are invited from suitable companies or organisations to join in creating the centre as managers or tenants of food, hospitality and tourism education, training and research facilities, or as property developers or commercial investors.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the vision was: “to create a world class facility in a new, fully integrated centre to maximise the economic potential of a CBD-based, internationally renowned food, hospitality and tourism education and research facility.

In partnership with the Australian Government, the state government has committed $60 million towards the establishment of the International Centre, part of a $551 million investment under the Adelaide City Deal program.

“We’re aiming to cement South Australia as an international leader in food, hospitality and tourism education.

“We have an ambitious agenda to achieve three per cent economic growth and international education is a key enabler. It is now South Australia’s largest services export, following a 34 per cent increase in the number of international students enrolled in higher education and vocational education and training (VET) courses over the past five years.

“Our tourism industry employs 36,000 people and we’re aiming for it to reach $8 billion turnover by 2020, generating an additional 10,000 jobs.

“We have more than $2 billion worth of tourism accommodation in the pipeline for Adelaide and tourism has been identified as a super growth industry over the next 20 years.

“The number of hospitality students will need to keep growing as the local, national and international demand for skilled workers increases," Minister Pisoni said.

EOIs are welcomed from experienced proponents with demonstrated experience in working collaboratively to successfully deliver complex and innovative projects.

Commercial real estate agents, Colliers International Adelaide, have been appointed to manage the EOI process, which closes 2.00pm Friday 6 December 2019.

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