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Glacier Bay National Park's sole lodge has been recognized as the Alaska Property of the Year with fewer than 150 rooms. The Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association bestowed this top honor to Glacier Bay Lodge at its annual Stars of the Industry award ceremony held on Jan. 14 in Anchorage. Glacier Bay Lodge management credits their relationship building with Huna Totem Corporation, ARAMARK’s joint venture partner in lodge operations, and the local community during the 2011 summer season for making the lodge stand apart from its competition to win the coveted award.
In 2011, Glacier Bay Lodge and Huna Totem Corporation introduced an artist in residency program through a series of Tlingit performances and presentations. "Through their support of this program, Glacier Bay Lodge has embraced an earnest role in the sharing and preservation of Tlingit culture and specifically with that of the original inhabitants of Glacier Bay," said Mark D. McKernan, director of interpretive services for the Huna Totem Corporation. “Glacier Bay Lodge has gone above and beyond in their efforts to reach out to the local community and to play a more integral role as a community partner.”
Glacier Bay Lodge has also opened its doors to the Gustavus community by holding an open house in early June as well as locals only weekly Chef's Specials and discounted lodging rates. These efforts have increased patronage by local residents, helping to make Glacier Bay Lodge a greater part of this tight-knit community.
Currently closed for winter, Glacier Bay Lodge will reopen on May 25. It will continue to showcase local artists and offer specials to local residents throughout the 2012 summer season.
The winners were announced at the annual Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Thirty-nine awards were given that evening from 174 nominations that were received. Among the winners were four employees from Glacier Bay Lodges' sister properties Denali Chalet Resort and Denali Village Lodge outside of Denali National Park. Winners in each category will go on to compete in the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s annual Stars of the Industry Awards program.
About Glacier Bay Lodge and TourGlacier Bay Lodge and Tours operates the park’s 56-room Glacier Bay Lodge at Bartlett Cove, its full-service restaurant and retail store, and the interpretive day tours and camper drop-off services within the park on the high-speed catamaran, Baranof Wind. To make reservations or receive more information about tours and activities, call 1-888-BAY-TOUR, or visit www.visitglacierbay.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitGlacierBay.
Glacier Bay Lodge and Tours, managed by ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.
About ARAMARK Parks and DestinationsARAMARK Parks and Destinations, a division of ARAMARK, delivers authentic and memorable experiences at national and state parks, national forests, specialty hotels, museums, and other tourist destinations throughout the United States. In partnership with its clients, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations seeks to enhance the guest experience by offering industry-leading hospitality, environmental stewardship, recreational, and interpretive programs. For more information on ARAMARK Parks and Destinations and each of its properties, visit www.aramarkparksanddestinations.com.
About Huna Totem Corporation
Huna Totem Corporation is a for-profit ANCSA Village Corporation owned by 1364 shareholders with aboriginal ties to Hoonah, AK. Huna Totem Corporation has business interests in tourism, asset management, commercial real estate and leasing, natural resources and an investment portfolio. Through these endeavors, the efforts of their subsidiary, Icy Strait Point and their non-profit arm, Huna Heritage Foundation, they have been able to provide dividends, trust distributions, employment opportunities, scholarship opportunities, and cultural preservation to its shareholders. For more information on Huna Totem Corporation visit: www.hunatotem.com
Photography to illustrate this story can be viewed in the press room at www.visitglacierbay.com.High resolution images will be supplied upon request