The best of South Australia’s outstanding tourism industry have been recognised for excellence and innovation at the 2014 South Australian Tourism Awards.
Last night’s award ceremony featured more than 130 entries across 30 categories, while seven tourism operators were inducted into the Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning their category for three consecutive years:
# Adventure Bay Charters – best Major Tourist Attraction
# Hahndorf Farm Barn – best Tourist Attraction
# Cellar Door Wine Festival – best Festival & Event
# West Terrace Cemetery – best Heritage & Cultural Tourism Attraction
# Barossa Visitor Centre – best Visitor Information & Services
# Pindarie Cellar Door – best Tourism Winery
# Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas – best Unique Accommodation
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell congratulated the winners, and said the high standard of entries across all categories reinforced the message that South Australia had a world class tourism industry.
“With record numbers of international and domestic tourists visiting South Australia, our tourism operators have a unique opportunity to help the State Government achieve the goal of a tourism industry worth $8 billion by 2020,” he said.
“Congratulations to last night’s winners, and thank you to all nominees for their on-going contribution to tourism in this state.”
Minister Bignell said South Australia’s tourism industry had seen a major shift during the last 12 months.
“The city’s profile is rapidly changing with the huge success of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval and the major transformation of the Riverbank Precinct contributing to a big increase in the number of people visiting Adelaide,” he said.
“We’ve also seen new hotels – such as the Ibis on Grenfell Street – open during the past few months, with more to come in the New Year including the new Mayfair Hotel on King William Street.
“With such renewed vibrancy in the city, its little wonder Lonely Planet named Adelaide as one of the world’s top ten places to visit in 2014,” he said.
The South Australian Tourism Award winners will now go onto represent the state at the Australian Tourism awards in Adelaide in April next year. For a list of all the winners and finalists, go to the South Australian Tourism Industry Council website.