Last night we celebrated the 20th anniversary of our City of PAE Visitor Information Centre, which has been open for 364 days a year since 1997 based in the 1860 Port Adelaide Police Station.
The multi-award-winning council-operated centre is the focal point for tourism in the local area, and our tourists are welcomed by our wonderful staff of around 20 people, mostly volunteers, who look after over 32,000 walk-in visitors every year.
Manager Anne Mitchell and her offsider Shirley Patyl have both worked in the centre ever since that first day.
The Vic was set up to be a focal point for tourism in the local area, and provide information to visitors to encourage them to stay longer… spend more money… experience more attractions and events… and to come back again.
Staff and volunteers support local businesses and assist tourists. They also produce a range of tourism brochures including maps of the heritage and history of the area, the dolphin trail guide, walk the Port, coastal trail, museum, op shop, ghosts guides, pub guides, and what’s on calendars.
Our volunteers also provide guided historic walks of the state heritage areas throughout Port Adelaide and Semaphore.
Staff assist Outer Harbour cruise ship operations with a shuttle bus service for the 80,000 plus passengers visiting Adelaide each year, who last year injected a whopping $26.0 million into our state’s economy.
Anne and her team work tirelessly to promote the Port with free services for local tourist, event and hospitality operators and they contribute to tourism activities and events throughout the area, through online promotions, various websites, poster and brochure distribution, and more.
The City of PAE is committed to tourism and we have some of the most unique tourism offerings in Australia, which we are proud to showcase to the world.
We see sustained growth in tourism here over the next few years, and we want to attract more of the 430,000 international and 6.2 million domestic tourists that visit South Australia each year. We have developed our Tourism Strategy and Action Plan to guide us over the coming years… with the Visitor Information Centre at the heart of this plan.
So congratulations to the Vic for 20 years service and commitment. And if you want to know what’s happening in the Port, and where, come and ask Anne and her team, who we hope will be here for at least the next 20 years!