Adelaide is on a roll, with the South Australian capital recently named among the top 10 cities to visit in 2014 by one of the world’s leading travel authorities, Lonely Planet.

The world’s number one guidebook publisher and global authority on travel, Lonely Planet has named Adelaide as a top 10 city to visit in 2014.

A city of ongoing transformation, Adelaide boasts diverse and inspired eateries, “supercool” micro-bars, quirky boutique shopping strips and ‘Parklets’ – small areas of the city which have been transformed into miniature parks to allow visitors to take time out in a little inner-city haven – all with stunning vineyards and beaches just a stone’s throw away.

South Australian tourism minister, Leon Bignell, said Adelaide had undergone a huge transformation in recent years, showing Australia and the world that it has so much to offer.
“The multimillion-dollar Adelaide Oval upgrade and all the work going on along the River Torrens including the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment are making Adelaide a more appealing destination,” he said.

“There are an increasing number of small bars, restaurants and revitalised laneways in the city which have added to Adelaide’s vibrancy and diversity.

“And once people arrive in the city they can take a drive for an hour and be in one of our world-class wine regions such as the Barossa or McLaren Vale.”

Fresh from securing the Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition (APOGCE) 2014 and Australian Gastroenterological Week (AGW) 2016, the annual meeting of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, the $350 million expansion of the Adelaide Convention Centre continues.

The expanded centre at the heart of the Riverbank precinct will position South Australia as a leader in the international convention market by providing one of the largest, most flexible and up-to-date meeting places in the world. Work is progressing well on the centre’s expansion with Stage One on track for completion by the end of 2014 and Stage Two by mid-2017.

And it’s not just the convention centre that is undergoing major works. The state is presently committed to a $100 billion spend on infrastructure. A $400 million overhaul of the Adelaide Festival Centre and Festival Square, a $300 million expansion of the Adelaide Casino, including a new luxury hotel, and a $534 million upgrade of the Adelaide Oval, home to cricket tests and one day matches, are also underway.

Adelaide’s ability to attract the incentive market globally is further strengthened by the nearby wineries of the Barossa Valley, and the stunning eco-tourism opportunities on Kangaroo Island. m

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