Chinta Air took out bronze for the second straight year at the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) awards on Friday night.
The air charter company placed third in the specialised tourism services category.
Felicity Brown of Chinta Air said the business was thrilled to take home the prize.
“There were 174 entrants in the awards program and just to be a finalist you had to score at least 75 per cent, so given that level of competition, to be a finalist is fabulous and above that is brilliant.”
Chinta Air won bronze in the tour and transport operators category last year but decided to change categories.
“Taking bronze in a different category shows a consistency of service and shows we are meeting a variety of targets,” Ms Brown said.
“We moved between categories because we act as an Uber of the air, we take people from Ceduna to Maralinga, for example, where passengers link up with a bus tour and we take them back at the end of the day.
“In that respect our flights are part of the whole package and we felt this category suited our business better.”
She said the bronze was not only a reflection of the Chinta Air team but showed it was consistently linking with other tour suppliers.
It was also a successful evening for Port Lincoln’s Calypso Star Charters, which was inducted into the South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame having won the adventure tourism category for a third consecutive year.
It also was the tourist attraction winner and third in the people’s choice award, just ahead of Ceduna’s Shelly Beach Caravan Park.
Ms Brown said it was another nod to the strength of tourism and tourist providers across the region.
“It goes to show the high level of the Eyre Peninsula tourism product.”
SATIC Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn congratulated all winners and medallists from the Eyre Peninsula.
“This year we received an impressive 174 nominations, therefore receiving a win or medal is a fantastic achievement and represents the passion, innovation and hard work put forward by our tourism industry,” he said.
“The standards for achieving a Tourism Award win or medal are extremely high, making it a highly regarded accolade and powerful tool to raise brand awareness and enhance reputation and marketing appeal.
“As the peak body for South Australia’s tourism industry, SATIC remains committed to working alongside our members and the industry at large, to grow profitability, as well as industry growth opportunities and outcomes, ensuring our tourism industry is second to none.”