US National Park Service gets hospitality award

The board of trustees of the Destination & Travel Foundation said it has selected the US National Park Service as the upcoming recipient of its highest honor, the Spirit of Hospitality Award, presented annually to the individual or organization that has shown exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry.

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. The centennial kicks off a second century of stewardship of America´s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

“From the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore to the Florida Everglades and Statue of Liberty, the National Park Service has supported America´s tourism industry for over 100 years,” said Joseph Marinelli, Chairman, Destination & Travel Foundation board of Trustees. “With over 400 national parks in 50 states, the NPS has helped to attract visitors, and generate visitor spending, to destinations throughout the country, while luring millions of international visitors from around the world.”

The award presentation occurs February 8, 2016 during the 23rd Annual Destination & Travel Foundation Dinner in Washington, DC.