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Jackson Hole is a leader in sustainability.

Representatives from Jackson Hole were on hand to celebrate the National Geographic World Legacy Award for Destination Leadership. Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia won this year’s title, while Jackson Hole and Segera Retreat, Kenya were finalists for the award out of over 100 applicants from 45 countries.

National Geographic presented the World Legacy Awards on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at ITB Berlin in Germany. The world’s leading travel tradeshow boasts more than 10,000 exhibitors and from 187 countries. The awards ceremony attracted hundreds of attendees who gathered to 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. Learn more from National Geogarphic Association Press Room: click here.

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and Riverwind Foundation submitted the nomination on behalf of the community of Jackson Hole. It focused on the tradition of conservation and contemporary efforts. Riverwind Foundation Principal Timothy O’Donoghue attended the awards ceremony. He commented, “National Geographic is a well-respected organization and it’s an honor to be named among the leaders in the industry.”

Jackson Hole is proud of its legacy of conservation. Modern stewards work collaboratively to celebrate the incredible assets of wildlife and open space while also recognizing the unique culture of the region. Chamber Director of Projects and Operation Casey Stout, IOM, stated, “Being one of three finalists for the World Legacy Award for Destination Leadership is a feat to be celebrated by the entire community. The efforts of our businesses, nonprofits, and elected officials bring their own rewards, but it’s gratifying to be noticed by our peers on an international stage.”

The nomination began with a nod to that 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.’”

Casey 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 concluded, “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.”

More Information About The National Geographic World Legacy Awards

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.

Thank You, Community Collaborators!

National Geographic sent Justin Paul, Senior Editor with Virtuoso Life for an on-the-ground inspection of Jackson Hole. From a wildlife tour in Grand Teton National Park to a happy hour celebration of Local Restaurant and Bar’s Green-to-Green Award, more than a dozen individuals shared their experiences of Destination Leadership in Jackson Hole. The Chamber would like to recognize their efforts. Click here for details.  

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