THE expressions of interest (EOI) period for ideas for nature-based tourism ventures located in the Port Lincoln National Park ad Neptune Islands Conservation Park will close on January 31.
In October last year the state government put the call out for ideas as part of its nature-based tourism strategy.
Three suggested ideas included establishing eco-accommodation, operating Donnington Cottage or the September Beach campground in the Lincoln National Park or operating a remote island adventure at the Neptune Islands Conservation Park.
A spokesperson for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources said interest in the nature-based tourism new business opportunities had been encouraging but as the EOI period was still open, could not comment on the number of submissions received to date.
The spokesperson said it had received wide interest from the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors.
The department’s Economic and Sustainable Development Group executive director Matt Johnson said the nature-based tourism new business opportunities were not an ordinary call for expressions of interest.
“The state government has never before offered such a large collection of business opportunities in our national parks, gardens and heritage places,” he said.
“Each opportunity is situated in a very special place and provides the canvas for a special idea.”
Mr Johnson said the government was ready to partner with the business community to develop businesses that had ongoing economic potential and would enhance the local tourism experience.
“The nature-based tourism new business opportunities will...help to grow the state’s tourism sector,” he said.
After the expressions of interest period has closed, a number of proponents from the EOI will be invited to submit detailed proposals and from there will negotiate the terms and conditions of the business with the state government.