Three tourism awards

Three tourism businesses in the Clare Valley were recognised at last Thursday night’s 2010 South Australian tourism awards.
Knappstein Enterprise Winery and  Brewery, Brice Hill Country Lodge and the Riesling Trail and Clare Valley Cottages all received silver medals for their high standard of entries in their respective categories.
More than 620 people from the tourism industry attended the black tie event, which saw winners awarded during a gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Overall, 26 awards were presented to businesses and individuals judged to be the most outstanding in each category.
South Australian Tourism Industry Council chief executive, Ward Tilbrook, said a record 184 entries were received this year, highlighting the power a Tourism Awards win can have for a tourism business.
Clare Valley Tourism chairperson, Yvonne Cloke, said it was  pleasing to see four businesses from the Clare Valley showcased.
“Bringing three silver awards to the region is an excellent result considering the high quality of the nominees in each category,” Yvonne said.
 “These businesses have helped increase the profile of tourism in the Clare Valley region.”
Clare Valley tourism manager, Craig Dunstan, said it was exciting to see the Clare Valley contend so strongly in such tough competition
“It’s a reflection of our great region and strong tourism product,” Craig said.
“We look forward to continually showcasing the very best of our region to the state, ensuring we are top of mind to other operators and the consumer in years to come”
The awards are judged in accordance with a strict set of rules and criteria. Winners will represent the State at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Perth in March next year.
Chief Executive of the Houseboat Hirers Association, Peter Tucker, was also honoured for his role in tourism, receiving the award for an Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.