Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre was presented with the South Australian Tourism Award for Visitor Information Services.
The group was presented with the award on Friday, November 10 at a gala dinner in Adelaide.
Centre manager Paula Jones accepted the award, with the staff joining her on stage.
During her speech – to the record crowd of more than 875 guests – Paula thanked the staff, the volunteers, the board and community for their support.
“This award is outstanding recognition of the excellence the centre has achieved in its first two and a half years and I am very proud of everything we have accomplished,” Paula said.
The centre won the top award for the visitor information services category with silver medal being awarded to Yankalilla Visitor Information Centre and bronze medal to Tourism Kangaroo Island.
As the only tourism business in the Clare Valley tourism region to receive an award on the night, the centre acknowledged the efforts of both Molly’s Chase and The Mill Apartments who were finalists in the awards, both competing in the Self-Contained Accommodation Category.
The Clare Valley Wine, Food & Tourism Centre was more than just an accredited visitor information centre.
Paula said it was a vibrant place where visitors could sample the best that the Clare Valley had to offer.
The centre is managed by a volunteer committee, the Clare Valley Hutt Project Inc, consisting of representatives of the Clare Valley Winemakers, Clare Region Grapegrowers Association, Clare Valley Business and Tourism Association, Visual and Performing Arts Association, and Clare Valley Cuisine.
The centre is located just three kilometre’s south of the township of Clare, it provides visitors with information, café facilities and sells local wine, cuisine and artwork.
On Friday nights, wine and produce are also showcased during Happy Hour.
Clare Valley Hutt Project chair David Cowperthwaite said the management committee of the Clare Valley Wine Food and Tourism Centre were delighted the centre and its staff had struck gold with this award.
“Our thanks go to the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council for their generous financial support and their initiative to not only support tourism but also support a vibrant and viable retail environment promoting the best food, wine, art and tourism of the Clare Valley tourism region,” Mr Cowperthwaite said.
The South Australian Tourism Awards is a program, run through the South Australian Tourism Industry Council – SATIC, which provides the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and showcase South Australia’s finest tourism operators.
It also provides an opportunity for successful entrants to progress to the Australian Tourism Awards and compete on a National level.
Along with the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre’s award, District Council of Peterborough was presented with the Local Government Award for Tourism.
Having won the state Visitor Information Services award on Friday, both the centre and Peterborough will now compete in the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be announced on February 23, 2018, in Perth.