Tourism and Management

Michael Dilettoso

Director: Meridien Investment Pty Ltd

Areas of specialisation:

  • Governance
  • Finance and investment
  • Strategy
  • Start-ups and entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality management

Michael’s background has primarily been in the Tourism and Hospitality industry, working in private enterprise as a hotelier for over 20 years. During this time, he worked closely with the South Australian Tourism Commission assisting to promote South Australia internationally. In later years focusing on industry development through his chairmanship of the South Australian Tourism Accreditation Board, and directorship of the national body, Tourism Accreditation Australia Limited.

In 2006 he changed career direction to private investment, working predominantly in equities, property development and business investment.

With ongoing directorships in private companies and the not-for-profit sector he is outgoing chairman of SA Angels Incorporated and is an active Angel Investor assisting developing companies to find expansion and commercialisation funding.

Bill Spurr

Chairman: Education Australia

Areas of specialisation:

  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Sport and cultural event management
  • Government relations

Bill's extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industries dates back to the early '80s when he was the Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association. He then spent several years as the Head of School, Tourism and Hospitality, Adelaide College of TAFE.

In his role as Executive Director of the Adelaide Tourism and Convention Authority (1991-1995), he was responsible for a dramatic rise in the promotion of Adelaide as a convention venue and tourist destination.

In 1995, he became the General Manager of the newly formed Australian Major Events group with the agenda of attracting significant sporting and cultural events to South Australia, and promoting their benefits within the State.

Bill held the position as Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission from 1999 until July 2007 and chaired the "World Police and Fire Games" held in Adelaide in March 2006-one of the largest events to be ever held in the City of Adelaide. He currently chairs several educational organisations, and is on the board of the State's preeminent travel and entertainment bodies.