Top of tourism scale

Five Fleurieu businesses and organisations have collected medals at the 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards.

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION: Beach Huts Middleton co-manager David Palmer is proud of the silver medal his business picked up at the South Australian Tourism Awards. Photo: Dani Brown.

INDUSTRY RECOGNITION: Beach Huts Middleton co-manager David Palmer is proud of the silver medal his business picked up at the South Australian Tourism Awards. Photo: Dani Brown.

Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat at Willunga was named the top ‘Hosted Accomodation’, while Yankalilla Visitor Information Centre, Beach Huts Middleton, and Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park won silver awards, and Hugh Hamilton Wines at McLaren Vale picked up a bronze.

The awards were handed out at SA Tourism’s ‘night of nights’, a gala dinner in Adelaide on Friday, November 10.

More than 30 categories make up the awards and recognise the success and high standards businesses in the tourism sector achieve.

Beach Huts Middleton co-manager David Palmer said picking up silver in the ‘standard accommodation’ proved the business was in the “higher end” of the scale.

“We got great feedback from the judges, there were only a few little things. The best bit about doing the Tourism Awards is to have a review of your business, seeing where it’s at and where it’s going,” Mr Palmer said.

He thanked Susan Hay and the staff at Beach Huts Middleton for their efforts to pick up such an award.

“It’s a bit of industry recognition, that’s the main thing,” he said.

South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) chief executive officer Shaun de Bruyn said 174 nominations were received for this year’s awards.

“The standards for achieving a Tourism Award win or medal are extremely high, making it a highly regarded accolade and powerful tool to raise brand awareness and enhance reputation and marketing appeal,” he said.

“South Australians should be proud of the world-class experiences we have on offer.”

  • AWARD WINS ON THE FLEURIEU:
  • Hosted accommodation – Gold: Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat
  • Visitor Information Services – Silver: Yankalilla Visitor Information Centre
  • Caravan and Holiday Parks – Silver: Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
  • Standard accommodation – Silver: Beach Huts Middleton
  • Tourism wineries, distilleries and breweries – Bronze: Hugh Hamilton Wines