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Claire Sim,
Great Southern Rail

Supported by Adelaide Casino

This category is for attractions which are considered a hallmark destination in their own right. They may be publicly or privately owned and can operate in conjunction with a natural attraction or on their own.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to attractions of state/territory importance which contribute to the tourism experience within their metropolitan or country region. Attractions may be developed in conjunction with a natural attraction or on their own.
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Supported by Big Screen Video

This category is open to hallmark festivals or events that a) create substantial economic impact, b) attract visitors from interstate and/or overseas, c) generate national or international media profile, and d) positively promote the destination. They may be one-off or recurring.

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Supported by Renniks Hire

This category is open to festivals or events that a) create substantial economic impact within the local community, b) attract visitors from intrastate and/or interstate, c) generate regional media profile, and d) positively promote the destination. They may be one-off or recurring.
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Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

This category aims to recognise ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that foster environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

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Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

This category aims to recognise tourism operations that foster a greater understanding of history, heritage and/or culture. Entrants should offer visitors an insight into Australia’s history and heritage and its contemporary culture.

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Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

This category recognises tourism operations that foster a greater understanding of Indigenous culture, history and traditions.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to specialised tourism services, retailers or facilities that enhance the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products. Entry is open – but not limited to – service providers, shopping precincts, retailers of souvenirs, artefacts and art, boutique breweries, airports, computer information systems, member services, money exchange services, language and interpreter services.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industy Council 

This category is open to Visitor Information Centres, Regional Tourist Associations and Regional Tourism Organisations to recognise their integrated focus on the provision of services to the visitor e.g. reservation service, information delivery etc. This category is not designed for specific marketing and promotion campaigns.

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Supported by HWR Media & Communications

This category is open – but not limited to – conference facilities and other meetings industry operators service providers and suppliers who maximise the tourism experience for meetings and business travellers.

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Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission 

This category is open to tour and/or transport operators with 15 or more annual fulltime equivalent employees. It is not a transport award but does recognise a major contribution to tourism through the provision of tour guiding services and transport services. Entrants must offer a tourism experience as a significant part of their operation.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council

This category is open to tour and/or transport operators with fewer than 15 annual fulltime equivalent employees. It is not a transport award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of tour guiding services and transport services. Entrants must offer a tourism experience as a significant part of their operation.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to operators providing adventure tourism experiences that involve active customer participation. Examples could include – but are not limited to – rafting, ballooning, bushwalking, scuba diving, rock climbing, four-wheel driving, fishing, horse riding and abseiling.

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Supported by PPR Adelaide

This category recognises creativity and innovation in a fully integrated destination marketing campaign that is proven to be successful in the marketplace. A campaign can be a single promotional activity or a series of related promotions conducted, during the course of the year.  This category is open, but not limited to, Regional Tourism Organisations, Local Tourism Organisations and marketing alliances.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to individual tourism businesses and tourism education and other registered training providers working to raise professional standards within the tourism industry by delivering tourism training, including online.

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Supported by Restaurant & Catering South Australia

This category is open to all restaurants and catering services offering a tourism experience and/or servicing the tourism industry. It is not a food award but does recognise a significant contribution to tourism through the provision of food and beverage. Entry is open – but not limited to – hotel or stand-alone restaurants, event caterers, pubs and cafés.

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Proudly supported by Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre

This category is open to all wineries, distilleries and breweries offering a tourism experience and who make a significant contribution to tourism. Entry is open – but not limited to – cellar door sales, tastings and tours.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to all tourist and caravan parks offering a tourism experience. Entry is open – but not limited to – cabin, caravan and/or tenting accommodation providers.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category is open to accommodation providers primarily catering to backpackers. The focus of this award is on facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.

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This category is open to owner/operator accommodation providers offering a high degree of personal contact with guests. Entry is open – but not limited to – bed & breakfast, farm stay, cottage or other intimate, boutique, colonial or heritage accommodation.

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Supported by PPR Adelaide

This category is open to properties developed around unconventional accommodation infrastructure or properties located in a unique setting. The focus of this award is on the way in which the nature or location of the accommodation enhances the tourism experience. Entry is open – but not limited to – tented holidays, houseboats, yacht charters, tree houses, underground and themed accommodation. 

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism industry Council

This category is open – but not limited to – motels, hotels, self-catering, cabins and pub accommodation. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.

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Supported by Barossa Valley Brewing

This category is open – but not limited to – apartments, hotels, motels and self-catering accommodation. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.

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Supported by Adelaide Casino

This category is open to – but not limited to – luxury hotels or resorts, with a focus on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.

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Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

This category recognises excellence in the planning of tourism infrastructure and/or services with a focus on entrepreneurial vision, harmonious integration with the environment, design and functionality and uniqueness of the service.

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Proudly supported by Qantas Airways

This category is open to tourism operators that exemplify a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices. The award will recognise and showcase successful tourism businesses that set out to minimise their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities.

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Supported by Big Screen Video

This category is open to all local government authorities in South Australia and recognises excellence in tourism planning and management, the provision of tourism services, facilities and activities.

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Proudly support by Food SA

This category is open to food producers, providores, tour operators, cooking schools, food attractions, farm gate experiences, farmers markets, trails and other food tourism experiences in South Australia, featuring South Australian produce as the core component.

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Supported by Qantas Airways

This award recognises the extraordinary personal and professional achievement and contribution by an individual over many years to the Australian, and particularly the South Australian tourism industry.

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Supported by Skal International Adelaide

This award recognises an outstanding tourism student and their commitment to contribute to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry in South Australia.

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Supported by Taxi Council SA

Passengers are encouraged to nominate taxi drivers who provide customer service that stands out from the crowd.

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