Af­ter a hat-trick of wins in the SA Tourism Awards, our top hol­i­day busi­nesses en­ter the Hall of Fame.

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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.

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