June 22 2018
The five winners of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s annual awards for the best in sustainable tourism have been announced at their 2018 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Attending the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards was the Riverwind Foundation from Jackson Hole. The Riverwind Foundation did not win the top award, but were in the top three Destination finalists and top 15 finalists across five award categories out of 177 entries from 63 countries. They were the only finalist from the USA in any category. The winner of the top sustainable destination Tourism for Tomorrow Award was the Thompson – Okanagan Tourism Association in British Columbia.Riverwind Foundation Executive Director Tim O’Donoghue stated, “Jackson Hole’s selection as a Finalist for WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is perhaps the most significant indication yet that our community is on the right track toward realizing our vision to be a world-leading sustainable community and destination. While we have made significant progress, we have a lot of promising work to do still including the development of a sustainable destination action plan for addressing the impacts of our increasing visitors. Recognition from the WTTC as well as from National Geographic and Green Destinations helps to further catalyze […]
Our community and region have a significant history of stewardship beginning with the creation of the world's first national park, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872. This achievement was followed by the establishment of the Caribou-Targhee and Bridger-Teton National Forests, the National Elk Refuge, Grand Teton National Park, Wild & Scenic River status for the Snake River and protection of much of the Wyoming Range, including the recent buyout of gas exploration leases.
Over 140 years after this beginning, our profound history of stewardship continues with Teton County being recognized for its commitment to sustainability by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). The GSTC has included Teton County in 2012 as one of only six destinations worldwide to participate in the GSTC Early Adopters Program. - Continue Reading