If elected in March a Marshall Liberal Government will be putting in a bid to host the 2021 World Water Ski Championship (WWSC) in Adelaide.
“The World Water Ski Championship would inject millions of dollars into the local economy and showcase Adelaide’s Riverbank precinct and our city to the world,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The tourism industry will be a key job creator for South Australia and that’s why we have committed to doubling the Events Bid Fund to $40 million to attract more events and conventions to South Australia.
“South Australia’s $6.3 billion tourism industry has enormous potential for growth and will be a priority under a government I lead.
“The proponents of the WWSC estimate this event would inject $10 million into our economy and broadcast Adelaide to 300 million viewers around the world.
“They have also said that the River Torrens is an ideal body of water for the event because it has minimal current and the banks are lined with reeds to calm the water.
“This two week event would likely take place in September which would help strengthen South Australia’s events calendar and bring more visitors into the city in what is traditionally one of the quieter periods of the year.
“Hosting the WWSC in the heart of the city for two weeks will be great for our city’s vibrancy.
“South Australia needs more international events like the WWSC to draw tourists who will spend their money and support job creation in our restaurants, bars, hotels and shops.
“Water sports are a feature of South Australia’s lifestyle with so many families growing up or holidaying on the Murray River.
“The WWSC will give these families a chance to see the best in the world compete right here on the River Torrens.”