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Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013
The South Australian Tourism Awards celebrated its 30th anniversary by presenting 30 awards across a range of categories, while more than 80 other entrants were presented with gold, silver or bronze.
Kangaroo Island was mentioned on several occasions, with KI Outdoor Action winning gold for eco tourism, along with a silver for adventure tourism.KI Gateway Visitor Information Centre Penneshaw was awarded silver in their category, with Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay receiving silver for hosted accommodation.
Tourism Minister Mr Leon Bignell said the high quality of the award winners in South Australia indicates a very bright tourism future.He said, “the contribution made to our state by tourism operators, is one of the main reasons organisations like Lonely Planet recently recognised Adelaide and South Australia as a must-see destination.”With tourism bringing some $5 billion dollars to the SA economy, and employing around 33,000 people, it is the aim of the government to increase tourism’s economic benefit to $8 billion by 2020.
SeaLink Travel Group’s managing director, Mr Jeff Ellison, was also honoured for his involvement in tourism, receiving the award for an outstanding contribution by an individual. The South Australian Tourism Industry Council named Mr Ellison for his work in putting Kangaroo Island and South Australia on the global tourism map. As head of Australia’s most dynamic tourism and transport company, the SeaLink Travel Group, Mr Ellison has been putting both Kangaroo Island and South Australia on the global tourism map for 23 years.