Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Five of South Australia’s finest tourism experiences have been inducted into the State’s Tourism Hall of Fame at the 2011 South Australian Tourism Awards, after winning their category for a third year in a row:

  • Santos Tour Down Underbest Major Festivals & Events
  • Getaways Reservation Servicebest Specialised Tourism Services
  • Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centrebest Visitor Information & Services
  • Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottagebest Hosted Accommodation
  • The Sebel Playford Adelaidebest Luxury Accommodation

Producer, writer and presenter, Ron Kandelaars, with Channel 9’s tourism and lifestyle program Postcards, was also honoured for his involvement in tourism, receiving the award for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.

Ron’s love of a good story and the pride he takes in his craft; his genuine interest in the characters and tourism businesses; his ability to connect with interviews and audiences; and his ongoing commitment to promoting and fostering the SA tourism industry make him a worthy recipient.

More than 550 people attended the black tie event at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where 28 awards were presented to businesses and individuals judged to be the most outstanding in their category (full list attached).

A further 78 entrants who achieved a high standard in their category were recognised with a gold, silver or bronze medal.

Tourism Minister Gail Gago congratulated all winners and inductees to the Hall of Fame.

“The awards showcase outstanding tourism events, operators and services in South Australia,” the Minister says.

“I was highly impressed by the breadth of talent from the Outback to the coast.

“It’s tremendous to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the industry.”

South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook says an impressive 150 entries were received this year, with almost 65% of our winners from regional South Australia.

“South Australia’s tourism experiences are some of the best in this country and South Australians should consider holidaying at home and book one of these award-winning experiences with confidence when planning their next escape,” Mr Tilbrook says.

The South Australian Tourism Awards are the pinnacle of excellence within the tourism industry; they reward innovation and foster better business practices by setting benchmarks for all tourism operators to aspire to.

The awards are judged in accordance with a strict set of rules and criteria, and winners will represent the State at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in March 2012, to be held in Cairns.

For a list of all winners, please click here: http://www.satic.com.au/index.php/awards/winners/

Contact Profile

South Australian Tourism Industry Council

The South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) is the peak body for the South Australian tourism industry playing a leading role in creating a positive business environment to support and recognise the quality tourism operators in South Australia.
Bianca Borrett
P: +61 8 8110 0125
M: +61 401 998 247
W: www.satic.com.au/


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