TORONTO – Wyoming Tourism recently gathered media and trade together at Archeo in Toronto’s historic Distillery District to talk about what’s new in Wyoming in 2016.
Chris Mickey, Wyoming Tourism’s Media and Public Relations Manager, emphasized that he wants travel agents to think of Wyoming as an adventure destination for their clients.
“We want them to think of adventure. We want them to envision a place rugged, vast and beautiful, but also a place where folks can have intimate experiences,” he said.
Here is a round up from the event:
- Improved flights into Jackson. New jet service will be provided by United Airlines from Washington Dulles into Jackson, WY during peak winter season. New connections will also be in place for Mexico City, Guadalajara, Melbourne, Santiago, London and Canada.
- Raptor experience. Buffalo Bill Center of the West is offering the Draper Museum Raptor Experience. This is a live raptor education program that highlights some of the area’s most spectacular wild animals. At 1 p.m. each day you can get up and close with Wyoming’s most recognized predators – the birds of prey. For 30 minutes, staff and volunteers bring out a few of the live birds in the Center’s Hub or sculpture gardens. centerofthewest.org/explore/greater-yellowstone-natural-history/raptor-experience/
- Conde Nast Traveler names Wyoming ranch in top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming was named #2 in the Reader’s Choice awards for Top Hotels and Resorts in the world. The ranch is set on 30,000 private acres in the heart of the Platte River Valley in Southeastern Wyoming. Outdoor lovers enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding at Brush Creek Ranch while also indulging in the luxuries of their spa services. The lodge serves up family-style dinners, gourmet meals and barbecue to visitors as they enjoy beautiful Rocky Mountain views. There are 13 rooms in the main lodge, 10 cabin residences, nine cabin suites, and seven Magee Homestead Cabins to choose from. Visit brushcreekranch.com/ for more information.
- Yellowstone National Park hotels get makeover. The recent completion of the renovation of the Lake Yellowstone Hotel in Yellowstone’s National Park is the culmination of a $28 million, two-year project. The hotel will mark its 125th anniversary in 2016.Also, as part of its concessions contract with the National Park Service (NPS), lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts embarked upon a massive redevelopment that saw three new lodges open in August 2015. Ultimately, five lodge buildings will provide 400 guestrooms that will replace outdated cabins. The project will also feature the addition of paths that will make the area more biker and hiker friendly.
- Celebrating 100 years of service. America’s National Park Service will turn 100 on Aug. 25. The Grand Teton Lodge Company looks forward to celebrating the achievements of the past 100 years. The setting of Jackson Lake Lodge offers unparalleled views of the magnificent Teton Range. Upgrades in the past year include completely remodelled bathrooms in all guestrooms and public areas. The Grand Teton National Park was voted the #1 wildlife viewing location in North America.
- Adventure park opening soon, Jackson. Snow King Mountain Resort will open a new ropes course in the summer. The treetop adventure park will include a series of tree-to-tree aerial challenges like wobbly, bridges, climbing walls, Tarzan swings, suspended bridges, zip lines and even an aerial surfboard that progresses in difficulty. The ropes course is part of a major investment in revitalizing Snow King. snowkingmountain.com/