Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, Wins Big in National Tour Association’s “Favorite Museums for Group Travelers”

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The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, has been honored as one of America’s “favorite museums for group travelers” by the National Tour Association (NTA). The Center won the NTA’s Bronze Award in the category, tied with New York’s American Museum of Natural History. Other winners include the Gold Award presented to the Smithsonian Institution and the Silver Award to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a popular destination for group travelers.

We definitely have cause to celebrate at being included in the distinguished company of the Smithsonian, the Met Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.

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“We definitely have cause to celebrate at being included in the distinguished company of the Smithsonian, the Met Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History,” says Bruce Eldredge, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s executive director and CEO. “Our numbers of group tours have increased significantly in the last few years, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this prestigious award from NTA. This honor acknowledges how engaging our group travelers find our galleries and is sure to draw even more attention and visitors to the Center and to Cody, Wyoming.”

Last August, NTA tour operators completed a survey in which they named their favorite NTA supplier partners or destinations in 12 different categories. In the January 2012 edition of Courier, the organization’s member magazine, NTA introduces its “Distinguished Dozen” winners in a feature that celebrates these member favorites. Award winners were officially acknowledged at NTA's Annual Convention on Thursday, December 8 in Las Vegas.

“We’ve created a number of programs to enhance the group tour experience,” adds Debra Elwood, group sales coordinator. “This award tells us our efforts are paying off!”

The National Tour Association is the leading association for professionals serving travelers to, from, and within North America. Founded in 1951, NTA membership represents more than 40 countries, 1,500 tour operators, 600 destinations, and 1,500 tour suppliers.

Other recent accolades for the Historical Center include a listing in Cowgirl Magazine’s "2012 Ten Favorite Western Art Museums", and a No. 2 in the"Ten Best Family Destinations for Learning Vacations" as chosen by Go Nomad.com.

For more information about group sales, contact Elwood at debrae(at)bbhc(dot)org, 307.578.4114.

Committed to connecting people with the Spirit of the American West, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms technology and Yellowstone natural history—into the rich panorama that is the American West. For the winter season, the Center, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday (closed Monday – Wednesday). For general information, visit our Web site, or call 307.587.4771.

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