Excellence in South Australian Tourism
Four of South Australia’s finest tourism experiences have been inducted into the State’s Tourism Hall of Fame at the 2013 South Australian Tourism Awards, winning their category for a third year in a row.
Hilton Adelaide – best business tourism
Tour Barossa – best tour & transport operator
Narnu Farm – best standard accommodation
Emaroo Port Hughes – best deluxe accommodation
2013 marked the 30th anniversary of the South Australian Tourism Awards. From the Awards’ humble beginnings as the Harry Dowling Awards in 1983 with just three categories to today’s vibrant competition across 30 categories, some things haven’t changed - the Awards were and always will be the pinnacle of achievement within the tourism industry.
SeaLink Travel Group’s Managing Director Jeff Ellison was also honoured for his involvement in tourism, receiving the award for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual. For 23 years, Jeff has been putting Kangaroo Island and South Australia on the global tourism map and is always willing to share ideas, build confidence and develop the industry through his work on various boards and committees.
This year a new category, South Australian Tourism Student of the Year, was introduced with the lucky winner, Genevieve Pontikinas from the University of SA, travelling to Christchurch with Air New Zealand as part of the SKAL International Adelaide Student Exchange Program.
More than 670 people attended the black tie event at the Adelaide Convention Centre last night, where 29 awards were presented to businesses and individuals judged to be the most outstanding in their category.
A further 81 entrants who achieved a high standard in their category were recognised with a gold, silver or bronze medal.
South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook congratulated all winners and the four inductees to the Hall of Fame.
“With so many outstanding South Australian tourism experiences on offer, it’s tremendous to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the industry,” Mr Tilbrook says.
“The South Australian Tourism Industry Council is dedicated to continually raising the professional standards of the industry and fostering better business practices.
“Such an exciting awards competition demonstrates our industry’s commitment to excellence.
“Our standards are exceptionally high and South Australians can book one of these award-winning experiences with confidence when planning their next escape.”
The South Australian Tourism Awards are the pinnacle of excellence within the tourism industry, rewarding innovation and fostering better business practices by setting benchmarks for all tourism operators to aspire to.
The awards are judged in accordance with a strict set of rules and criteria, and winners will represent the State at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Sydney in February 2014.