Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
South Australia’s Santos Tour Down Under was named Australia’s best major festival & event and Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage in the Barossa was named Australia’s best hosted accommodation at the 2010 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Perth last Friday.

The Santos Tour Down Under is celebrating its second consecutive national win and beat some tough competition from around the country, including Canberra’s Floriade Festival, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, who last won this category nationally at the 2005 Awards, triumphed over other hosted accommodation providers including Clydesdale Manor in Tasmania and Montfort Manor in Victoria.

South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook says the Australian Tourism Awards finalists represent the best of the best from around the country.

“To be a finalist at the national level, entrants must first win a State tourism award in the same category, so our local finalists were up against some very tough competition,” Mr Tilbrook says.

“The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards recognise tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.

“This is an excellent result for the State and all of our finalists should be very proud of their achievements.

“These wins will not only raise South Australia’s profile in Australian tourism but also sets a benchmark for best practice.”

Chief Executive of the Houseboat Hirers Association, Peter Tucker was also acknowledged at the gala event for his outstanding contribution to tourism in South Australia.

The awards were announced at a gala presentation and dinner in Perth, attended by over 900 of Australia’s key tourism operators and industry leaders.

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South Australian Tourism Industry Council

The South Australian Tourism Industry Council is the peak body for tourism in South Australia. Our mission is to engage, represent, strengthen and empower the South Australian tourism industry.
Bianca Borrett
P: +61 8 8110 0125
M: +61 401 998 247


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