ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND THE POTATO INDUSTRY

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Adelaide, Australia has recently delivered a bid for the for the 2021 World Potato Congress and we only just hosted a site inspection to showcase why Adelaide, the ‘agribusiness state of Australia’ and the largest producer of potatoes, South Australia will provide an ideal location for this significant industry event.

Over the coming months we’d like to share with you a bit more about Adelaide and why it is best suited to host the 2021 World Potato Congress. Whilst we can’t take you to the original Penfolds Estate or taste port from the year of your birth we can certainly show you what John, David and Ron all enjoyed during their site inspection.

Adelaide is a convenient destination for any business event, as a small city with a large infrastructure the destination has recently undergone $6 billion of redevelopment into its Riverbank precinct which is positioned around its brand new Convention Centre. There are over 3,500 bedrooms all within a 5min walk from the Convention Centre and the city boasts free Wi-Fi and a free tram to move delegates around.

However, it is the proximity to South Australia’s potato farmers and suppliers that makes Adelaide the perfect choice for the 2021 World Potato Congress. Only 45mins from the CBD is a number of large potato plants that produce potatoes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Outside of our strengths within the Potato industry Adelaide, Australia is an aspirational destination for all conferences delegates. We are confident that David, John and Ron will attest that Adelaide’s premium food and wine is of exceptional quality and a reason for your delegates to linger longer and enjoy the experience. We may not have made it to every one of them, but Adelaide boasts over 200 cellar doors within an hours drive of the CBD and is home to over 74% over Australia’s premium wine.

Adelaide holds a global reputation for being a clean, green and liveable city and is an unforgettable destination for international delegates to visit. The city itself is surrounded by cultivated parklands, unique event venues and clean, wide open and breathable CBD streets making visitors feel safe and secure. With only 1.7 people per square kilometer there is fresh air and less pollution. Taking advantage of this is over 15,000 farms who produce some of the cleanest, best quality food available on the planet.

The South Australian Department of Agriculture, the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia and the South Australian Research and Development Institute play an important role in conducting new research and introducing new technologies to the local horticulture and agriculture industries. This highlights the state government’s dedication to grow the industry and make South Australia a world leader in industry relevant innovation. Furthermore, this allows South Australia to be internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable.

 

INDUSTRY STRENGTHS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent on earth, therefore optimisation of water use through best practice irrigation is essential.

Being the driest inhabited place in the world, South Australians truly feel the effects of water shortages, drought, climate change and a growing population. Due to this South Australia is dependent on irrigation to provide crop water requirements, deliver economic yields and satisfy consumer quality demands.

In the early 1900’s development of irrigation in vegetable growing districts east and west of Adelaide resulted in expansion of potato production. Over the following decades these early developments in best practice irrigation combined with larger properties, increased mechanization and the development of washed pre-packed consumer packs resulted in further expansion. South Australia now enjoys an established irrigation network sourcing water from sustainable underground aquifers linked to efficient on farm irrigation systems and water management practices.

South Australia and Australia’s potato industry is globally small but increasingly significant. Given Australia’s youth and relative isolation, the industry has evolved with new practices, new techniques and incomparable biosecurity advantages.  The production of irrigated broad acre horticulture in the driest state on the driest continent on earth demonstrates extraordinary agronomic and water efficiencies. Hosting the WPC in Adelaide, South Australia provides the opportunity for the transfer of knowledge of technological innovation. Much of the innovation has been adaptation and niche refinement of current global practice.

 

GETTING HERE

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Australia may be a long way, but it is very well-served with flights from any point around the globe and once your delegates get here they won’t want to leave. There are over 215 international cities with one stop services operated by airlines that fly direct into Adelaide. This number will only increase with anticipated new airline route announcements in the next two years

Emirates and Qantas fly 7 times a week from Adelaide to Dubai, and beyond to six continents. Dubai alone makes Adelaide accessible from more than 140 destinations worldwide. In addition to this, Adelaide’s central position on the continent ensures the most convenient gateway to the rest of Australia. Fast, frequent and affordable connections to all major domestic destinations further enhances Adelaide’s accessibility from across the globe. In fact, the number of international cities connected to Adelaide is magnified significantly when you consider the international connectivity of our neighbouring states capital cities being Sydney (136 flights to Adelaide per week), Melbourne (176), Perth (52) and Brisbane (65).

In the later part of 2017, Qantas will begin a non-stop service from London to Perth. That combined with the recent addition of direct flights from China to Adelaide will further increase the accessibility for delegates attending the World Potato Congress in 2021. The State Government and Adelaide Airport are also currently negotiating further direct flights into Adelaide and the state can expect the number of direct international flights to increase significantly over the coming few years.