Award finalists revealed

Last year, Wrightsair - represented by Trevor Wright (pictured) - was inducted into the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Major Tour and Transport Operators category for the third consecutive year.
Last year, Wrightsair - represented by Trevor Wright (pictured) - was inducted into the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Major Tour and Transport Operators category for the third consecutive year.

Four tourism businesses in the Flinders Ranges and Outback have been named as finalists in the South Australian Tourism Awards.

They are the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden at Port Augusta, the Blinman Heritage Mine, Flinders Bush Retreats at Hawker and Pichi Richi Railway at Quorn.

The winners in more than 25 categories will be revealed at a gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on November 8.

Last year, Wrightsair was inducted into the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame after winning the Major Tour and Transport Operatorscategory for the third consecutive year. In addition, seven businesses were awarded silver or bronze medals.

Tourism Industry Council South Australia chief executive officer Shaun de Bruyn said the Flinders Ranges and Outback was home to many fantastic tourism experiences.

"The dinner will be a premier industry event celebrating the tourism operators around the state that have gone over and above to achieve outstanding success," he said.

"The Flinders Ranges and Outback is a wonderful region and the unique experiences on offer for our visitors really help to set South Australia apart in a highly-competitive industry.

The Flinders Ranges and Outback is a wonderful region and the unique experiences on offer for our visitors really help to set South Australia apart in a highly-competitive industry.

Shaun de Bruyn, Tourism Industry Council South Australia CEO

"I congratulate all finalists and wish them the best of luck."

Acting Tourism Minister David Pisoni said the awards not only recognised excellence in tourism experiences, but also highlighted the world-class expertise offered by business operators.

"Our appeal as a destination has never been greater," he said. "We continue to deliver solid growth in bookings, outstanding events and amazing tourism offerings right around our state.

"It is great to see our tourism businesses are constantly evolving, being bold and creating lasting impressions. I am proud of the tourism businesses that call SA home.

"They have high standards of creativity, innovation, resilience and passion."

"I am sure these attributes will be showcased in the awards."

"Together with industry, the state government is committed to growing this important sector.

"We plan to boost SA's visitor economy to a massive $12.8 billion by 2030."