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Adelaide to sail onto international stage

If elected in March 2018 a Marshall Liberal Government will bid for Adelaide to be a host port for the 2019-20 and 2021-22 editions of the Clipper Round the World Race.

The Clipper Race’s twelve 70 foot yachts and hundreds of international crew and their supporters will call Adelaide home for two weeks as they make their 40,000 nautical mile round the world journey stopping at fourteen cities across six continents and receiving worldwide media coverage.

“The Clipper Race is a world class international tourism event which will inject millions of dollars into the South Australian economy,” said State Liberal leader Steven Marshall.

“The tourism industry is going to be a key job creator for South Australia into the future and that’s why we will double the Events Bid Fund to $40 million over four years so we can attract more events like the Clipper Race.

“Earlier this year the Clipper Race start in Liverpool attracted around 80,000 visitors and injected $15 million into their economy.

“International tourism events like the Clipper Race help fill up our hotels, our small bars and restaurants and bring millions of tourism dollars into our economy which creates local jobs.

“Port Adelaide has undergone an exciting redevelopment in recent years and the possibility of hosting an international event like the Clipper Race will be great news for local businesses, residents and the vibrancy of the Port Adelaide precinct.

“The Clipper Race has a huge following around the world and will put Adelaide on the international stage with other past and future host cities such as New York, Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Seattle and Qingdao.

“The Clipper Race brings with it further opportunities for international business engagement and the possibility of hosting inbound and outbound trade conventions with other host cities.

“There is also an opportunity to engage our community, universities and schools with various community events where the public and schools can tour the yachts.

“If we can secure a two-race partnership two 68-foot Clipper Training yachts will be positioned in Adelaide for the duration of the partnership to run race training and to support youth and community development projects.”

On the possibility of bringing the Clipper Race to Adelaide, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: “The Clipper Race is far more than just a sailing event. Not only does it celebrate the adventurous human spirit of everyday people pushing everyday boundaries, it also generates huge economic impact and opportunities for our global Host Port partners.

“If successful in its bid, the Clipper Race will work with the South Australian Government to produce strong engagement initiatives to allow the local community to take a central, proud role in the stopover and create positive impact on local businesses.

“The city will also benefit from the race’s international platform which encourages tourism, trade and inward investment between our race partners around the world in the UK, South America, Australia, China and the USA.

“With the additional plans to relocate our training yachts to the region, which will result in Adelaide becoming our secondary location for training international Clipper Race crew from over 40 different nations, this is a very exciting opportunity for Adelaide and I hope to see these plans become a reality.”