Adelaide Zoo brings home gold as Australia’s Major Tourism Attraction

Adelaide Zoo has taken out the top spot for best tourism attraction in Australia at the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Adelaide Zoo has made South Australians proud by taking out the top spot for best tourism attraction in Australia at the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

The Australian Tourism Awards celebrate innovation and exceptional standards in tourism nationwide.

“I couldn’t be more delighted that Adelaide Zoo has won this award and in our 140th birthday year,” CEO Zoos SA Elaine Bensted says.

“It is the first time that a South Australian tourism organisation has ever charted in the top three in the Major Tourist Attractions category, let alone actually win.”

The prestigious awards that showcase the outstanding tourism businesses across Australia took place at Doltone House on Sydney’s Darling Island on Friday night and revealed the national winners for 2022.

75 awards overall were presented across 25 categories, with gold, silver and bronze awarded in each category.

Overall, seven South Australian tourism operators were rewarded and placed among the nation’s best.

Federal Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell, South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison and Tourism Australia’s Managing Director Phillipa Harrison, were in attendance.

Adelaide Zoo took home the coveted gold in the Major Tourism Attraction category, recognising one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions for its unique behind-the-scenes experiences and commitment to sustainability and conservation.

“Since its opening in 1883, the zoo has come a long way in terms of its approach to animal welfare and conservation,” Bensted says.

“Now the zoo and sister site Monarto Safari Park, are accredited conservation hubs where breed and release programs are adding to populations of native species as well as creating insurance populations of species that are threatened in the wild.”

Zoos SA is a conservation charity with more than 45,000 members. They are a long established and treasured part of the South Australian community, having shared the wonder of SA’s zoos since 1883.

Their purpose is to connect people with nature and save species from extinction with the aspiration to lead and inspire conservation action to support global biodiversity.

The Cedars Hahndorf and Woodhouse Activity Centre, both representing the Adelaide Hills region, were rewarded with silver in the Cultural Tourism and Unique Accommodation categories respectively.

Bronze medals went to Sequoia Lodge for New Tourism Business, Redwing Farm for Hosted Accommodation, Bendleby Ranges for Adventure Tourism, and Eos by SkyCity for 5 Star Luxury Accommodation.

Gold award winners from the 2022 South Australian Tourism Awards went on to represent the state at this prestigious event and went up against winners from Australia’s states and territories.

Nominations for the 2023 South Australian Tourism Awards open on Wednesday 22 March.

SA Winners are:
GOLD Adelaide Zoo – Major Tourist Attractions
The Cedars Hahndorf – Cultural Tourism
Woodhouse Activity Centre – Unique Accommodation
Bendleby Ranges – Adventure Tourism
Sequoia Lodge – New Tourism Business
Redwing Farm – Hosted Accommodation
Eos by SkyCity Adelaide – 5 Star Luxury Accommodation

2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards
When: awards night took place on Friday 17th March
Where: Doltone House on Sydney’s Darling Island

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