Two of South Australia’s regional tourism stars have been crowned best in their categories at the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

BIG4 Hahndorf Resort in the Adelaide Hills has been awarded Australia’s best Caravan and Holiday Park, while Calypso Star Charters in the Eyre Peninsula has been named Australia’s best Tourist Attraction.

Four regional tourism businesses in South Australia also took home silver or bronze medals, representing their commitment to delivering quality tourism experiences.

The winners were announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 6 March at the National Convention Centre in Canberra, with more than 800 people in attendance.

Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn, congratulated all award winners.

“The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are the pinnacle of excellence in the Australian tourism industry,” said Mr de Bruyn.

“It is wonderful to see the industry unite to celebrate excellence where it is deserved.

“These wins are a result of the ongoing hard work, passion and innovation put forward by our outstanding regional tourism operators and we should all be extremely proud.”

Premier Steven Marshall congratulated the winners and said the awards are a fantastic way to bring the strength of South Australia’s tourism sector into the spotlight, at a time when that message needs to be heard.

“These awards not only recognise excellence in tourism experiences, they showcase the strength, innovation and passion of South Australian tourism operators – qualities that will help ensure our sector is able to recover and rebuild from the extraordinary challenges it is facing,” said Mr Marshall.

“South Australia remains a must-see destination with incredible tourism offerings across all of its regions – and it’s because of the many achievements and contributions of South Australian tourism operators, that the state’s visitor economy reached a record $7.8 billion spent by tourists last year.”

South Australian finalists for the national tourism awards are selected at the annual South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner.

Nominations for the 2020 South Australian Tourism Awards open on Monday, 16 March and close on Monday, 15 June. Click here for more information.

Photo credit: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort