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Kangaroo Island Tour Operators Brace for Impact of COVID Shutdown; TripAdvisor Award for KI Outdoor Action | the islander

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action is delighted to have been voted number six worldwide and number one in Australia for TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2021 “Best Overall Experience”.

It’s been a tough year and a half since the bushfires and then the global COVID-19 pandemic for Brenton Davis and his staff at the quad tour company on KI’s rugged and beautiful south coast.

Mr. Davis, staff, friends and family battled the flames of this latest fire again, saving the business as everything burned for several days in January 2020.

Now, like all other KI tourism businesses, Mr Davis is preparing for the impact of additional border closures.

The week after the good news from TripAdvisor, he was receiving dozens of cancellation calls from people across Australia who had planned KI trips.

While intrastate visitors, mostly from Adelaide, had helped keep island tourism businesses afloat over the past two winters, the lack of international and now interstate travelers is hitting hard.

Tour guides, car rentals and high-end accommodations all pay for the closures.

Go for a walk with KI Outdoor Action

But there was little left to do but focus on the positive aspects of Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action.

“When we started the business in 2007, our goal was to make it the best quad business in Australia,” Mr Davis said.

“I think this award shows we’ve done better and have one of the best overall travel experience companies in the world.”

Mr. Davis thanked all of his staff, past and present, who strived every day to provide each visitor with the best possible customer service and to make every trip a trip that will live on in their minds forever.