SeaLink sails to success
WO-TIME Australian Tourism Award winner and South Australian Hall of Fame inductee, SeaLink, has won at the South Australian Tourism Awards following a four-year absence from entering.
SeaLink, which this month is celebrating its 25th anniversary, received the award in the Major Tour and Transport category at the awards ceremony held at a gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, November 14.
SeaLink — part of the South Australian-based company SeaLink Travel Group which runs Captain Cook Cruises in New South Wales as well as ferry and travel services in Queensland and the Northern Territory — is one of Australia’s most significant travel and tourism companies, connecting Australian icons and landscapes to the world.
The company also won a gold medal in the Adventure Tourism category for Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours, which attracts independent travellers looking for an authentic and adventurous KI experience.
SeaLink managing director Jeff Ellison said the wins reflected the hard work of SeaLink’s South Australian team and its board who had ensured that SeaLink remained at the forefront of tourism nationally.
“SeaLink has experienced an amazing period of growth over the past few years and we’re proud that a South Australian company that began with just one ferry service has grown into a major tourism and transport company that employs 600 people and transports more than three million guests every year,” he said.
“We couldn’t have wished for a better way to celebrate our 25th year of business success.”
While SeaLink in South Australia is best known for its ferry services to Kangaroo Island, the company also operates and manages numerous other tourismrelated businesses, including Adelaide Sightseeing, Kangaroo Island Odysseys, Australian Holiday Centre, Vivonne Bay Lodge on Kangaroo Island and the Murray Princess.
Mr Ellison said Kangaroo Island was Australia’s must-see destination, famous for its wildlife, food and wine and stunning scenery and extremely popular with domestic and international visitors alike. “There is so much to see and do on Kangaroo Island from getting up close and personal with Australian sea lions, kangaroos, Tammar wallabies and koalas to wandering along pristine beaches, sampling local produce and wines and staying in romantic lighthouse accommodation along a wild coast,” he said.
“Not only does SeaLink ensure visitors reach the island on board our large modern ferries, we also provide various touring and self-drive package options as well offering a great range of accommodation ranging from high-end luxury through to places like Vivonne Bay Lodge offering contemporary budget accommodation in a stunning bushland setting.”
SeaLink Travel Group successfully listed on the Australian Securities Exchange on October 16, 2013 (ASX code: SLK). CALL 13 13 01 OR VISIT WWW.SEALINK.COM.AU ADELAIDE Shores at West Beach has been named South Australia’s best sustainable tourist operator for the second year running –and for very good reason.
The popular tourism, events and accommodation precinct has received the back-to-back Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for its continued focus on sustainability and innovation across every area of the business.
“At Adelaide Shores, we remain focused on finding ways to enhance the community while minimising our environmental impact and conserving our natural resources,” Adelaide Shores chief executive Kate Williams said. “We are thrilled that our focus on sustainability and innovation has again been recognised by industry.’’
Solar stations, wind turbines and solar-rechargeable electric vehicles are some of the energyefficiency and renewableenergy initiatives leading to the site’s reduction of its carbon footprint by 270 tonnes.
The 135ha precinct each year attracts more than 750,000 Australian and international guests, who stay at the resort or caravan park.
Adelaide Shores also received awards in the Tourist and Caravan Parks and Deluxe Accommodation categories at the SA Tourism Awards.
AT THE FOREFRONT: SeaLink is celebrating its 25th birthday with a win in the SA Tourism Awards.