South Australia is one step closer to becoming a global destination for quality food and hospitality education, with the Marshall Liberal Government commencing a scoping study to establish an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at Lot Fourteen.

The State Government has appointed HASSELL as the lead consultant, with business advisory support from Johnstaff.

Premier Steven Marshall said the study will engage key stakeholders and help realise the government’s vision for Lot Fourteen.

“The State Liberal Government is establishing Lot Fourteen as an epicentre of South Australia’s high-tech future industries, such as Defence, space and cyber security which together with the food, hospitality and tourism sector, will play an important role in our economy,” Premier Marshall said.

“Together with the Morrison Government, we have committed $60 million to deliver the new International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies.

“This project is on track, with the scoping study starting immediately to enable construction to begin in 2020.”

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said HASSELL is the ideal company to engage key stakeholders throughout the scoping study.

“HASSELL is a leading international design practice bringing a wealth of experience and proven skills in the briefing and design of education and hospitality projects,” he said.

“I’m confident in this company’s ability to engage with local stakeholders and spearhead this study, which will demonstrate how our vision for a world-class, internationally renowned hospitality education and training facility will be realised.”

TAFE SA’s Director of Tourism, Hospitality and Creative Arts, Karen Horner, said the new centre will bring international attention to the state’s existing strengths in hospitality and tourism.

“South Australia’s hospitality and tourism sectors are leading the nation and this investment will ensure our expert teaching staff have access to a modern training environment which will position us as an international leader in culinary, hospitality and tourism education,” she said.

ICHM Chief Executive Gerald Lipman said South Australia boasts over 30 years of top-quality hospitality education facilities at Regency Park but this centre will raise the standard.

“Being located in the centre of Adelaide will allow ICHM to deliver its Swiss Hotel Association Bachelor and Masters programs in an ideal location,” he said.

Le Cordon Bleu Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Rudi Scheel said he was excited about this development.

“We are excited to bring our world leading contemporary design and delivery into this Adelaide city precinct and provide our students with an unparalleled experience synonymous with the Le Cordon Bleu name that now permeates across 23 countries around the globe,” he said.

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