National spotlight shines on South Australian tourism operators

25 February 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

Seven South Australian tourism operators have been recognised at a national level overnight, winning accolades at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Overall, South Australia was awarded three gold, one silver and three bronze medals. The winners were:

Gold: Yondah Beach House (deluxe accommodation), The Frames (self-contained accommodation), Seppeltsfield Estate Winery (tourism wineries, distilleries or breweries).

Silver: The Playford (luxury accommodation).

Bronze: Ibis Adelaide (standard accommodation), Barossa Valley Cheese Company (Excellence in Food Tourism), Calypso Star Charters (tourist attraction).

Held at the Darwin Convention Centre, the awards celebrated the success of our tourism operators in front of national industry representatives.

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are held each year to recognise and celebrate the best of the best in the country’s tourism industry.

To be in the running to win an Australian Tourism Award, finalists must have won in their category at their respective state and territory award program.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
These results are testament to the high standard of our tourism operators here in South Australia and I congratulate medal winners and finalists.

It caps off a fantastic year in tourism which included Lonely Planet naming South Australia as one of the world’s top 10 regions to visit in 2017, new direct flights from China with China Southern Airways and from around the globe with the luxury airline Qatar and a record cruise ship season.

South Australia is home to some of the country’s best produce and Adelaide is one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals, so we’re thrilled our reputation has been further enhanced by these awards and ahead of our first annual Tasting Australia festival.

Tourism is now worth $6.2 billion to the South Australian economy. Every tourism operator in the State is helping us grow this even further by offering world-class experiences visitors have come to expect.

The State Government has invested an extra $70 million to market our State across Australia and internationally, as well as attracting major events and conferences.

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