Barossa Scores a Tourism Hat-Trick

The Barossa scored a tourism hat-trick when it walked away with three major prizes at the 2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns last night.

Celebrating its second consecutive national win, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage, Australia’s best hosted accommodation, beat some tough competition from around the country, including Mollymook Beach Waterfront in New South Wales and Big Blue Backyard in Victoria.

First time wins for Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (best Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries) and its onsite restaurant Jacob’s Restaurant (best Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services) shows the winery is setting the standards in best practice and has firmly put South Australia on the map as a leading food and wine destination.

Six other South Australian tourism businesses were also awarded five silver medals and one bronze medal recognising the amazing contribution they make to the State (see below list).

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 are a whole-of-business award which recognises tourism businesses that strive for excellence in every area of their operation.

“This is an excellent result for the State and we should all 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.”

Former producer and presenter for Channel 9’s Postcards, Ron Kandelaars was also acknowledged for his outstanding contribution to tourism in South Australia.

The awards were announced at a gala presentation and dinner in Cairns, attended by over 700 of Australia’s key tourism operators and industry leaders.

Details of South Australia’s winners & medallists are listed below.

2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards WNNERS from South Australia

Jacob’s Restaurant @ Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services)

Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre (Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries)

Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage (Hosted Accommodation)

2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards MEDALLISTS from South Australia

Silver – Santos Tour Down Under (Major Festivals and Events)
Bronze – South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (Festivals & Events)
Silver – Adelaide Convention Bureau – Conventions Adelaide Program (Tourism Marketing)
Silver – Narnu Farm (Standard Accommodation)
Silver – The Sebel Playford Adelaide (Luxury Accommodation)
Silver – Sinclair’s Gully (Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism)

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