The $1.4 million refurbishment of the Eyre Hotel being undertaken by the Matthews Hotel Group has received a welcome boost from the Tourism Industry Development Fund (TIDF).
The hotel owners received a $431,250 grant towards the project which will lift the accommodation to four-star standards, incorporate works from local artists within each room, and install interior-designed bathroom facilites.
Matthews Hotel Group CEO Andrew Kemp said the company wanted to create tourism accommodation that champions local produce, art, businesses and tourism experiences.
"The upgrade of the Eyre Hotel will feature a retail outlet called Eyre Pantry that will stock a range of local products customers can take-away," he said.
"Whether it's Adelaide families road-tripping across our state, adventurers signing up for a local diving tour, or interstate tourists exploring SA, we want to offer them a great accommodation experience."
Celebrating the region's "homegrown heroes" the Eyre Hotel will host a Tasting Australia event on July 17.
The Pig 'N' Pale American BBQ will showcase local producers with Arno Bay pulled lamb shoulder, Boston Bay slow-cooked Berkshire suckling pig and Port Lincoln's Beer Garden Brewing.
Matthews Hospitality recently committed to investing more than $13 million into South Australian communities across regional and metropolitan South Australia, including the Eyre Hotel project.
Last month the State Government awarded Matthews Hospitality $336,740 towards its $1,122,500 refurbishment of the Mount Gambier Hotel, which will facilitate accommodation upgrades and the creation of local tours and overnight tourism packages.
"With COVID increasing intrastate travel, our regional venues have been doing well. This has contributed to increased business confidence that's led us to make this investment," Mr Kemp said.
"We thank the South Australian government for this latest grant. It will help drive the tourism economy on Eyre Peninsula generating spin-off effects for local businesses."
Matthews Hospitality was established during World War II by Seymour and Doris (Dossie) Matthews with the Bayview Hotel lease in Whyalla.