THE FAB FOUR
After a hat-trick of wins in the SA Tourism Awards, our top holiday businesses enter the Hall of Fame.
FOUR OF AUSTRALIA’S tourism businesses were inducted into the state’s Tourism Hall of Fame at the 2009 South Australian Tourism Awards. Cleland Wildlife Park, Bookabee Tours Australia, Adventure Tours Australia Group and Lakeside Manor YHA Backpackers were all winners of their categories for the third consecutive year of the awards, which are run by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council and supported by the SA Tourism Commission.
Cleland was recognised once again as an outstanding tourist attraction, while Adventure Tours was top of the major tour and/or transport operators category.
At the event held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, 27 awards were presented to businesses for being the most outstanding of their category. A further 73 entrants which achieved a high standard in their category were recognised with a gold, silver or bronze medal.
Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith says a record 141 entries were received this year. “Tourism is big business in South Australia, and the awards recognise the contribution our tourism achievers make to strengthening the economy and creating employment,” she says.
Among the other winners were the Majestic Roof Garden Hotel, in the deluxe accommodation category, and the Sebel Playford Adelaide in the luxury accommodation category.
The awards are judged with a strict set of rules and criteria. Winners will represent the state at the Australian Tourism Awards in Hobart in February.