Calypso among best in SA

CALYPSO Star Charters has taken out the title of best South Australian adventure tourism attraction for the third year in a row.

The win also saw the shark cage diving tourism operator inducted into the SA Tourism Hall of Fame.

The company also took out the title of best tourist attraction and received bronze for the people’s choice award.

“We’re stoked obviously, when the awards came around again we thought we would give it a crack,” Calypso Star Charters general manager Andrew Wright said. 

“I think the EP was probably a bit underrepresented at the awards this year.”

He said he would like to see more Eyre Peninsula tourism operators enter the awards next year as it all helped to the put the region on the map. 

The awards were announced at a gala dinner on November 10 at the Adelaide Convention Centre with more than 860 industry representatives in attendance.

Mr Wright said after winning at the state tourism awards, the company would compete at nationals early next year.

He said Calypso Star Charters was “thrilled” to make nationals and compete with a higher calibre of tourism operators at Perth in February.

“To win at nationals would be wonderful but we’re really just humbled to be in the mix,” Mr Wright said. 

Tourism operators have to submit their own award entries and this year the SA Tourism Industry Council received 174 nominations.

Mr Wright said completing the submission had become a good tool for Calypso Star Charters as it provided a way for them to reflect on their business.

It was also a great weekend for Port Lincoln YHA, with the hostel winning its fifth straight best accommodation in South Australia award at the TNT Golden Backpacks and Adventure Travel Award.

The award is judged based on votes from guests who stayed at the nominated locations.

Owner Debi Forster said the business regularly received positive feedback.