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The South Australian government is looking for food, hospitality, tourism and training organisations to be part of a world-class hub in South Australia.

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Expressions of interest have opened for organistions wanting to be part of the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies that is being built on a prime site in Adelaide’s central business district.

The centre will be in Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen, which aims to become the largest innovation precinct in the Southern Hemisphere and will also house a number of local and international tech, space, defence and cyber companies.

The 7-hectare site will also be home to the Australian Space Agency, Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre, the Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre and the Defence and Space Landing Pad, which will support the relocation of international companies to South Australia.

The Australian and South Australian governments have committed $60 million towards the establishment of the International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies as part of a broader $551 million investment for the precinct under the Adelaide City Deal program.

South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the state aimed to cement itself as an international leader in food, hospitality and tourism education.

“Our vision is to create a world class facility in a new, fully integrated centre that will maximise the economic potential of a CBD-based, internationally renowned food, hospitality and tourism education and research facility,” he said.

“We’re looking for leaders to work with us to establish a world-renowned facility that will be the pinnacle of Australia’s educational institutions in these growing industries.”

The centre is within a few hundred metres of several highly regarded eateries including Jock Zonfrillo’s internationally acclaimed restaurant Orana.

Expressions of Interest are being sought by Renewal SA on behalf of the State Government of South Australia for 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.

Adelaide is one of only 10 Great Wine Capitals of the world and South Australia produces 70 per cent of Australia’s premium wine from internationally recognised regions, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Coonawarra.

“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,” Minister Pisoni said.

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

“The International Centre at Lot Fourteen is a significant opportunity to attract greater numbers of students and provide them with the skills and qualifications to become leaders in this industry.”

State Government agency Renewal SA has appointed commercial real estate agents, Colliers International Adelaide, to manage the EOI process, which opened on Friday, October 25 and closes on Friday, December 6.

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