Nearly 20 businesses from around the Fleurieu Peninsula have been named as finalists in the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards.
The competition which is presented by the Tourism Industry Council South Australia in collaboration with the South Australian Tourism Commission, celebrates the best of South Australia's tourism businesses.
Over 90 business from around the State were announced as finalists on Wednesday, October 9, with 19 of those being from the Fleurieu region.
Included in those 19 was the d'Arenberg Cube, which in 2018 was awarded the Premier's Award for Service Excellence, recognising their commitment to outstanding customer service. The Cube was also awarded best Tourism Attraction in the same year.
The Fleurieu Peninsula finalists for the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards are:
- 2019 South Australian Wooden Boat Festival,
- Beach Huts Middleton,
- Beresford Estate,
- Coriole Vineyards,
- Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre,
- Gemtree Wines,
- Goolwa Visitor Information Centre,
- Helivista, Hugh Hamilton Wines,
- McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre,
- Shadow Creek McLaren Vale,
- Shottesbrooke Vineyards,
- Smiling Samoyed Brewery,
- South Australian Living Arts Festival,
- South Australian Whale Centre,
- The Backyard Universe Stargazing and Astronomy Tours,
- The Currant Shed,
- Willunga Farmers Market.
Tourism Industry Council South Australia Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn said the Fleurieu Peninsula is home to many fantastic tourism experiences.
"The South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner is a premier industry event celebrating the tourism operators across the state that have gone over and over to achieve outstanding success," said Mr de Bruyn.
"The Fleurieu Peninsula is a wonderful region and the unique experiences on offer for our visitors really help set South Australia apart amongst a highly competitive industry."
Many of the category winners from the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards will go on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra in 2020.
Acting Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Pisoni said the awards not only recognised excellence in tourism experiences, but also highlighted the world-class expertise offered by South Australian business operators.
"Our appeal as a destination has never been higher. We continue to deliver solid growth in books, outstanding events and amazing tourism offerings right across our state," he Mr Pisoni said.
"It's great to see out South Australian tourism businesses are constantly evolving, being bold and creating lasting impressions."