The Marshall Government has announced long-time Tour Down Under naming rights sponsor, Santos, has reaffirmed its commitment to Australia’s premier cycling race and festival for another three years.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said Santos’ support since 2010 had been integral to the ongoing success and growth of the event, which now consists of a men’s and women’s UCI race and a broader entertainment festival – Santos Festival of Cycling – in its own right.
“We are thrilled that Santos has committed to extend its partnership with the Tour Down Under for another three years,’’ Minister Ridgway said.
“Santos’ partnership has been critical in shaping the continued growth and success of the event, which injected more than $63.7 million into the state’s economy last year and showcases South Australia to a global audience in the tens of millions.
“Santos should be commended for its new three-year investment which also strives to ensure continual growth of the Women’s Tour as we work towards our ultimate goal of UCI WorldTour status.”
Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive, Kevin Gallagher, said Santos was proud to be the naming rights partner of the Santos Tour Down Under.
“Santos is South Australia’s biggest company, providing more than 3500 jobs across the country.
“Just like our company, the Santos Tour Down Under delivers for the economy, last year generating $63.7m in economic impact for South Australia,” Mr Gallagher said.
“Santos is committed to benefitting the communities in which we operate.
“In 2019 the Santos Tour Down Under is passing through 98 towns, making this truly an event which showcases our great State to Australia and the world.”
“The Santos Tour Down Under has great alignment with our community investment objectives – to support healthy living, regional communities and the environment.”
Proudly Australian, Santos has been the naming rights sponsor of the Tour Down Under for 10 years and to celebrate, Santos has launched a new campaign featuring Santos employees who ride to work, passionate about safely and sustainably developing natural gas; a fuel for the future.