Mag­i­cal gems that put SA on the map

PEO­PLE’S CHOICE TOURISM AWARD EX­CEL­LENCE IN AC­CES­SI­BLE TOURISM

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IT burst on to the tourism map in a flood of colour and won­der – now the d’Aren­berg Cube has been awarded the Pre­mier’s Award for Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence at the 2018 South Aus­tralian Tourism Awards.

The McLaren Vale’s in­stant land­mark also took out the Tourist At­trac­tion award.

Two re­gional busi­nesses took home the RAA Peo­ple’s Choice Tourism Award: Ca­lypso Star Char­ters – Ex­pe­ri­ence and/or Ser­vice and BIG4 Ren­mark River­front Hol­i­day Park – Ac­com­mo­da­tion.

BIG4 Ren­mark River­front Hol­i­day Park also re­ceived the inau­gu­ral Ex­cel­lence in Ac­ces­si­ble Tourism cat­e­gory, recog­nis­ing a tourism prod­uct and/or ser­vice that is wel­com­ing for peo­ple of all abil­i­ties.

In ad­di­tion, four busi­nesses were in­ducted into the South Aus­tralian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame, hav­ing won their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories for a third con­sec­u­tive year:

The were the Abo­rig­i­nal Cul­tural Tours SA, win­ning the Qan­tas Award for Ex­cel­lence in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander Tourism; Wright­sair won the Ma­jor Tour and Trans­port Op­er­a­tors; Mul­berry Lodge Coun­try Re­treat for Hosted Ac­com­mo­da­tion and The Play­ford MGallery by Sof­i­tel for Lux­ury Ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The awards were an­nounced last night at a gala din­ner at the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre with more than 750 in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives in at­ten­dance. The awards cel­e­brated more than 30 cat­e­gory win­ners that have demon­strated great suc­cess and set bench­marks for best busi­ness prac­tice. Three first-time en­trants were crowned best in their cat­e­gories, with 37 fi­nal­ists re­ceiv­ing sil­ver or bronze medals, seven of which were first-time en­trants.

DRAW­CARDS: The d'Aren­berg Cube, Fleurieu Penin­sula, main, Ca­lypso Star Char­ters, top in­set, and BIG4 Ren­mark River­front Hol­i­day Park.

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