China came to Adelaide last tonight – to be more exact the China National Tourist Office (Australia & New Zealand) invited agents to attend a workshop followed by a special presentation and dinner.
Venue was the Adelaide Town Hall ballroom – great for functions in my youth (we used to slide out eskys down the marble steps on the way home I am ashamed to say) but they are still using the same PA system it would seem. It was rubbish then, and nothing has changed.
I checked with people all over the room – none could clearly hear what was going on. A large delegation from China National Tourism Administration was present and included members from provinces along the Yellow River – Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia and Qinghai.
I look forward to exploring the long list of attractions in these regions. The perhaps too long list of speakers included SA’s Minister of Tourism but he had to go elsewhere at the last minute along with the Lord Mayor – perhaps they had both heard that the rather ordinary wine of the menu came from Victoria.
Yes folks, Victoria. You have to assume that the growing influx of Chinese visitors to our state are primarily lured by the attractions at the Barossa or Clare Valleys – but perhaps I am confused. The fact that China Southern plans to add Adelaide to its Australian network from December is very good news of the local tourism industry. It seems non-stop flights between Adelaide and Guangzhou will begin in December. Let’s hope the airline has enough sense to offer put SA wines on its menu.
Written by Ian McIntosh