Finalists in the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards

Alison 'Chook' Meaney and her business Bukirk Glamping has been nominated in this year's South Australian Tourism Awards.
Alison 'Chook' Meaney and her business Bukirk Glamping has been nominated in this year's South Australian Tourism Awards.

Two tourism businesses in the Clare Valley have been announced as finalists in the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards.

Luxury camping operator Bukirk Glamping and the Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre were on Wednesday morning announced as in the running to pick up one of the prestigious awards that were up for grabs.

The winners across more than 25 categories will be revealed at the Gala Dinner on November 8 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Tourism Industry Council South Australia Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn said the Clare Valley was 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 above to achieve outstanding success," he said.

"The Clare Valley is a wonderful region and the unique experiences on offer for our visitors really help set South Australia apart amongst a highly competitive industry.

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

Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre are nominated at the awards again after winning in 2017.

Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre are nominated at the awards again after winning in 2017.

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 bookings, outstanding events and amazing tourism offerings right across our state," he said.

It's great to see our South Australian tourism businesses are constantly evolving, being bold and creating lasting impressions.

"I am very proud of the tourism businesses who call SA home. They have very high standards of creativity, innovation, resilience and passion - attributes that I am sure will be showcased through these awards.

"Together with industry the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to growing this important sector and we have a plan to boost South Australia's visitor economy to a massive $12.8 billion by 2030."

Recognised as Tourism's Night of Nights, the annual Gala Dinner celebrates some of the state's finest tourist attractions, accommodation, events and much more.

The awards were judged alongside strict criteria, with most category winners going on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra in 2020.

Tickets to the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner are now on sale, visit www.satourismawards.com.au.