A full-scale upgrade will transform the Moonta Bay Patio Motel and Restaurant into a premium option for Yorke Peninsula visitors.
The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) has provided $35,000 towards improvements through its Tourism Development Fund.
Acting Minister for Tourism Ian Hunter said work on converting the motel’s 17 rooms from three to four-star standard had begun.
“This exciting project will encourage more high-yield visitors to explore Moonta Bay and the broader Yorke Peninsula region,” Minister Hunter said.
“In addition to room upgrades, SATC funding will support rendering of the motel’s exterior and the addition of solar power at the property.”
Moonta Bay Patio Motel owner Richard Davis said it was an exciting time for the business.
“Along with room upgrades, our 50-seat restaurant and outdoor dining area will receive new curtains, tables and chairs,” Mr Davis said.
“We’re grateful for SATC support and are very much looking forward to sharing our improved property with the public.”
The Yorke Peninsula Destination Action Plan (DAP) 2012-15, which was launched in August, recommends that 100 rooms across the region be upgraded immediately to cater for increased visitor demand.
Yorke Peninsula Tourism manager Jo Barrie said the Moonta Bay Patio Motel and Restaurant upgrade complemented the plan’s priorities.
“This is a real win for our region and it’s great to see immediate progress on DAP actions,” Ms Barrie said.
“In order for South Australia to have an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020 it’s vital that projects like these are supported.”
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