Tourism awards

THIRTEEN Barossa tourism businesses will compete against the very best tourism experiences that South Australia has to offer at the 2012 South Australian Tourism awards.

A record 166 entries have been received for the 2012 awards, South Australia’s most prestigious tourism accolade.

Businesses compete in 29 categories and the winners now go on to compete on the national stage.

“To have so many tourism businesses reviewing their achievements and showcasing their success highlights the quality and professionalism in our industry,” says South Australian Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Ward Tilbrook.

“South Australia’s tourism experiences are world class, providing exceptional experiences for visitors.

“We are leaders when it comes to outstanding food tourism experiences.

“And while we are pioneering this award, we expect other States to follow our lead in the future,” he said.

Mr Tilbrook said a South Australian tourism award win or medal is a compelling endorsement of the business in the eyes of the consumer.

“Consumers are spoilt for choice and can choose tourism award winning experiences with confidence,” he added.

The tourism awards gala dinner will be held on Friday, November 23, at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Winners in each category will then go on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February in Hobart next year.

Tourism awards entrants from the Barossa are Barossa Backpackers, Barossa Taste Sensations, Barossa Council, Barossa Valley Cheese Company, Barossa Visitor Centre. Other Barossa nominees are Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (entered three categories), Jacob’s Restaurant and Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Kingsford Homestead, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Pindarie, Taste The Barossa, Tour Barossa and Treasured Memories Accommodation.

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