SeaLink sails to suc­cess

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SA TOURISM AWARDS -

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.

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