Jackson Hole, A Community Where Collaboration Shines
Jackson Hole is one of three finalists for the Destination Leadership category of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards. The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Riverwind Foundation submitted the nomination on behalf of the community of Jackson Hole that focused on the tradition of conservation and contemporary, collaborative efforts. The awards will be presented at ITB Berlin, the world’ s leading travel tradeshow, in March. The other two finalists are Segera Retreat, Kenya and Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia. Download the official press release from National Geographic: click here.
Riverwind Foundation Principal Timothy O’ Donoghue stated, “ Recognition from National Geographic helps to validate the efforts of all of the individuals and organizations who have been working collaboratively to make the community of Jackson Hole a leader in sustainable tourism.”
The nomination began with Jackson Hole’ s impressive legacy of conservation: “ Our significant history of destination leadership began with the creation of the world’ s first national park – Yellowstone in 1872 – and continued with protection of over 97% of lands through the establishment of National Forests, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, and over 25,000 acres in conservation easements. The Global Sustainable Tourism Council selected our destination in 2012 as one of the first six Early Adopters of Destination Criteria and found that our destination is ‘ at the forefront of sustainable travel’ and our ‘ strong performance in Natural and Cultural Heritage Preservation is mainly attributed to the planning and programs of our public and private sector stakeholders.’”
Chamber Director of Projects and Operation Casey Stout, IOM, stated, “ As a finalist in the Destination Leadership category, Jackson Hole stands apart from our competition, helping our businesses achieve an advantage and reaffirming that hard work is worth the effort.”
She added, “ The community of Jackson Hole is a proven leader as a sustainable destination that has been continually making strides for improving our infrastructure and services.”
National Geographic World Legacy Awards: The World Legacy Awards honor the companies, organizations, and destinations—ranging from airlines to hotels, from communities to countries—that are driving the positive transformation of the tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices, and sharing their stories with millions of today’s travelers. An initiative of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit scientific, educational, and travel organizations reaching more than 450 million people worldwide, in partnership with ITB Berlin, the world’s largest travel gathering, the World Legacy Awards offer unprecedented international visibility and promotion. Winners and finalists will receive coverage in National Geographic Traveler and other National Geographic print and digital media, reaching a global audience.
National Geographic World Legacy Awards for Destination Leadership: Recognizing destination stewardship, including cities, provinces, states, countries and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection for cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local people, and educating travelers on the principles of sustainable tourism.
Visit http://www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/ for details.