SeaLink, renowned as the operator of ferries to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island and a wholly South Australian-owned company involved in the tourism and transport industries, is also a major provider of packaged holidays, accommodation and coach tours.
In the meantime SeaLink is spreading its wings having acquired what is now Sealink Queensland which operates ferry services to Palm Island and Magnetic Island, but also recently purchasing Captain Cook Cruises’ Australia operation, including their Sydney Harbour and Murray River operations
SeaLink’s roots go back to the 1970s when a Kangaroo Island businessman formed the company Philanderer Ferries and in 1989 the ferry operation was purchased by Malaysian company MBF and renamed Kangaroo Island SeaLink.
In 1996, a group of South Australian investors and staff members purchased Sealink from MBF, returning it to local ownership and in June 2006, the company celebrated this 10-year milestone with all staff.
I took the opportunity to meet with Jeff Ellison, the CEO and MD of SeaLink to chat about the stellar growth of this organisation and to hear and see what he had to say, click on the video box below.
John Alwyn-Jones reporting for Global Travel Media TV from Australian Tourism Exchange 2012.