The South Australian Tourism Awards, a prestigious event organized by the Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA), recently announced its winners for 2023. These awards, held annually, shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements and business excellence within the state’s vibrant tourism sector.
This year’s announcement was made amidst much fanfare during a Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on November 3. With 31 category winners and four esteemed inductees into the Hall of Fame, the event was a testament to the resilience and innovation of South Australia’s tourism industry.
Among the notable inductees into the Hall of Fame was Woodhouse Adventure Park, located in the scenic Adelaide Hills. This park, known for its experience-based accommodation, has been a beacon for screen-free family fun, offering everything from glamping bell tents to a heritage mansion.
Woodhouse Adventure Park’s recognition for the third consecutive year in the “Unique Accommodation” category is a testament to its consistent excellence and commitment to providing memorable experiences to its visitors.
Another highlight of the awards was the Voters’ Choice Awards, which saw an overwhelming response with nearly 20,000 votes. Monarto Safari Park and BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park clinched the top spots in the Experience and/or Service and Accommodation categories, respectively.
The awards also took a moment to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry. Ian Horne, CEO of the Australian Hotels Association SA, was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award, while Isabel Nietschke was celebrated as the South Australian Young Achiever.
The significance of these awards cannot be understated. Over the years, they have played a pivotal role in fostering a culture of excellence and sustainable practices within the tourism industry of South Australia.
Winners of these awards often experience a surge in recognition, both within the state and on a national scale. This recognition not only boosts their visibility but also opens doors to new business opportunities and collaborations.
The rigorous judging process of the awards ensures that they remain a benchmark for quality in the industry. This has, over the years, motivated businesses to continually raise the bar, contributing to the overall growth and reputation of South Australia as a premier tourist destination.
Shaun de Bruyn, CEO of TiCSA, and Zoe Bettison, minister for Tourism, both took the opportunity to congratulate the winners. Their messages underscored the importance of tourism in South Australia, especially in these challenging times.
As South Australia continues to navigate the evolving landscape of global tourism, events like the South Australian Tourism Awards serve as a reminder of the state’s rich offerings and the relentless spirit of its tourism stakeholders.