YellowstonePark.com Web Site Earns Webby Nomination

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The Travel Web site Helps Visitors Plan Their Trips to Yellowstone National Park and Surrounding Attractions. Cast Your Vote For The Webbys until April 29

We want to be associated with the premier national park in the country and the world, and YellowstonePark.com does that for us.

YellowstonePark.com, a travel web site about what to do and where to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park, has emerged out of 4,000 web site entries to be a nominee for the 9th Annual Webby Awards.

On April 12, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences unveiled a slate of nominees. YellowstonePark.com is one of five top nominees in the "Tourism" category.

"I was floored," said Shelli Johnson, owner of Yellowstone Journal Corporation, who operates YellowstonePark.com. The company entered its travel web site as a long-shot, only to discover Tuesday that it had made the semi-final cut for the Webby Awards.

The Webbys are considered the world-wide Academy Awards for web site design.

The competition in the "Tourism" category also includes web sites for New Zealand, Italy, Puerto Rico and the state of Maine. Members of the general public will check out the sites and vote for the winner.

Nominees have two chances to win in their categories, being selected by a critical judging panel, or via People's Choice – or both. Voting

for People's Choice is open until April 29. To vote for a nominee, go to http://pv.webbyawards.com/

"We strive to have the best travel web site about the Yellowstone Park area. Our YellowstonePark.com customers have given us ongoing positive feedback and recommendations for augmenting the site," said Johnson. "Now, being recognized by the Webby Awards is a tremendous achievement for us and one that further validates our efforts”.

YellowstonePark.com generates 1.5 million unique page views and enjoys more than 20 million hits a year as visitors plan their trips,

determining where they'll stay and what they'll do on their vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

"YellowstonePark.com reaches, attracts and serves visitors and prospective visitors, while providing an effective marketing tool for

businesses and regions in the tourism industry," said Johnson. "We couldn't do what we do if it weren't for our customers. I'm grateful to our customers, and to our wonderful team at Yellowstone Journal Corporation. Our web team is the best. We ask for something cutting edge and they make it happen while keeping the design and functional

integrity intact."

YellowstonePark.com serves two audiences, she said. "We call them the Decideds and the UnDecideds," said Johnson. "We provide a trip-planning resource for the Decideds, complete with

Things to Do, Lodging Directory, Interactive Maps and Itineraries, and more. As for the UnDecideds, we pour it on with fantastic photography and information about all there is to do in the Greater Yellowstone region, from the relaxing to the rowdy, in an effort to convince them to choose Yellowstone as a travel destination."

For example, at the intersection of Interstate-80 and Interstate-25, the Cheyenne Area Conventions & Visitors Bureau is located eight hours from Yellowstone Park, and yet enjoys huge benefits by being promoted on YellowstonePark.com.

"This is a solid and comprehensive planning tool," said Darren Rudloff, Executive Director of the Bureau. "We want to be associated with the premier national park in the country and the world, and YellowstonePark.com does that for us."

Established in 1996, the 9th Annual Webby Awards received thousands of entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide.

"To be listed among the company of Google, Yahoo, National Geographic, BBC, Orbitz and the New York Times and competing against websites promoting whole countries is an extreme honor for us," said Johnson.

"We're hoping our customers and folks in this region will cast a vote for our site via People's Choice. A win would not only be an achievement for our website but more importantly would do much to promote the world's first national park, and America's favorite park, to the world while competing against the whole countries of Italy and New Zealand." said Johnson. "We're asking you to cast a vote for Yellowstone."

Hailed as "the online Oscars" by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are the leading international honors for web sites and the people behind them. Winning nominations were selected based on excellence in content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity and overall experience. Winners will be announced May 3.

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