Makeover fit for a president

Four Limestone Coast tourism operators will share in $525,000 in state government grants in a bid to boost their operations.

Victoria Hotel Port MacDonnell, Mount Gambier’s Presidential Motel, Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder and Coonawarra Experiences will share in the latest round of South Australia’s taxpayer-funded Tourism Industry Development Fund delivered by the SA Tourism Commission.

The Presidential Motel is a family-owned and operated business managed by Steven Perryman (pictured) and will receive $238,835.

Mr Perryman said the funding would be used to refresh and modernise the property, including renovating seven rooms and refurbishing the lobby and restaurant.

It will also involve the construction of an outdoor dining pavilion, with a total project value of $796,118.

“This funding is allowing us to accelerate a series of improvements to the property and meet the expectations of visitors to the Limestone Coast,” Mr Perryman said.

“Our focus is on enhancing the experience of visitors through high quality accommodation, dining, and catering to a growing diversity of travellers to the region, many of whom wish to self-cater.

“This project will position the business to drive out of the downturn caused by COVID-19, contribute to the economic recovery and provide job opportunities.”

The Victoria Hotel will receive $42,521 towards the development of an outdoor beer garden area at the rear of the hotel, with a total spend of $141,739.

Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder has been allocated $214,685 for a $715,618 redevelopment of its restaurant and cellar door building, while Coonawarra Experiences has been granted $30,267 towards the purchase of new $100,893 luxury vehicle to offer new tours.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the latest grants will deliver new accommodation options and tourism experiences to help meet demand and create and sustain jobs.

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