Tourism’s top stars

Barossa tourism businesses shone at Friday night’s South Australian Tourism Awards.

For the second year in a row, Angaston’s Barossa Valley Cheese Company took out the Excellence in Food Tourism category.

Meanwhile, first-time entrant St Hugo was named the Best New Tourism Business.

Along with these major awards, Seppeltsfield Estate Winery was awarded a silver medal for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.

First-time entrant Discovery Parks Barossa Valley also received a bronze medal for Caravan and Holiday Parks.

The accolades represent the Barossa’s outstanding commitment to tourism within the region.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the awards were a celebration of the tourism industry and the hard work operators put in each day to deliver outstanding service to visitors and locals.

“During the last four years the visitor economy in SA has increased by 30 per cent to a record $6.3 billion, which is a testament to those putting in the hours and coming up with innovative, new tourism experiences,” he said.