Package tours to the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under are being sold by an Asian travel specialist for the first time.
Minister for Tourism Gail Gago said Hong Kong-based Elite Sports was among 11 international companies offering package tours for next year’s event.
“In 2013 the Santos Tour Down Under will celebrate its 15th anniversary, and the event’s global appeal continues to grow,” Ms Gago said.
“Package tours for next year’s race are sold around the world, with cycling fans in New Zealand, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States catered for by local specialists.”
Elite Sports is owned by Alan Ho, a professional cyclist in Hong Kong, and focuses on promoting active and environmentally sensitive holidays.
Mr Ho’s clients plan to complete the Bupa Challenge Tour and attend the Santos Tour Down Under’s Legends’ Night Dinner, where a cycling hero will be honoured.
“It’s very exciting that the Santos Tour Down Under is now being directly promoted to Asian cycling fans,” she said.
“This year the event was enjoyed by more than 36,000 interstate and international visitors, and we look forward to welcoming supporters from all corners of the globe in 2013.”
Australians keen to purchase a package tour for next year’s Santos Tour Down Under are also well supported, with seven specialists busy promoting the Festival of Cycling.
“Along with taking in all the race action, packages to the event give visitors the chance to experience VIP hospitality in beautiful South Australian locations,” she said.
Santos Tour Down Under event specialists offer a range of holiday packages to suit keen amateur cyclists through to avid spectators.
Those with a full week can enjoy the best of the event with the entire Club Tour experience, while anyone with just a weekend to spare can select the Club Tour Classic or Weekender options.
The 2013 Santos Tour Down Under will be held from January 20 to 27.
Visit the Santos Tour Down Under website for more information.