Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

Jackson Hole Selected as Finalist for Prestigious National Geographic World Legacy Award

Riverwind Foundation and Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program Contact:
Timothy O'Donoghue
307.739.9023 or

Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Contact:
Kate Foster, Communications Manager
307.699.0096 or

December 7, 2016

Jackson Hole Selected as Finalist for Prestigious National Geographic World Legacy Award

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 and destination of Jackson Hole that focused on the tradition of conservation and collaborative sustainability efforts. The awards will be presented at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel tradeshow, on March 8, 2017. The other two finalists are Segera Retreat, Kenya and Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia. Read more on National Geographic’s website: click here. Download the official press release from National Geographic: click here.

Riverwind Foundation Executive Director Timothy O’Donoghue stated, “Jackson Hole's selection as a Finalist for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards is not just recognition by one of the world’s most prominent organizations and advocates for sustainable tourism of the hard work our community is doing to be a strong environmental steward and socially responsible destination. It is an opportunity to catalyze our sustainability efforts to the next level of community education, engagement, and unification. Thank you to the USDA Office of Rural Development, Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board, and many individuals who provided financial and other support to our sustainable destination program.”

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.”

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.

Images are available via Dropbox: click here.