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Fort Worth Zoo to be honored

FORT WORTH, Texas (September 6, 2018) – Visit Fort Worth will honor the Fort Worth Zoo with its Hospitality Award at the tourism organization’s sixth Annual Meeting on February 6, 2019.

Fort Worth Zoo is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas and is ranked among the top five in the nation. Each year the Zoo welcomes more than 1 million visitors, with an estimated 80 percent from out of town. 

“The Zoo is one of the greatest attractions in Fort Worth,” says Bob Jameson, president and CEO of Visit Fort Worth. “In addition to vital missions in conservation and education, the Zoo delivers a big economic impact for our city and helps build our reputation.”

Earlier this year, the Zoo opened African Savanna, the first of four new phases of exhibits made possible by the historic $100 million capital campaign, “A Wilder Vision.” Construction has already begun on phase two, Elephant Springs, which will be followed by Hunters of Africa & Asian Predators and Forests & Jungles.

Visit Fort Worth bestows the annual award on an individual or organization for significant contributions to the city’s hospitality industry. Previous honorees were Holt Hickman, the Museums of the Cultural District, Leon Bridges and DFW International Airport.

The award depicts a man extending a Shady Oak hat, symbolizing Amon Carter’s legendary gesture of hospitality.

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Visit Fort Worth is the official destination marketing organization of the 15th-largest city in the United States, dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination with thriving centers of culture and commerce. Fort Worth is a destination with a rich Western heritage and a dedication to urban renewal. The city is home to the famed Stockyards Historic District, the lively downtown Sundance Square and a renowned Cultural District complete with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Kimbell Art Museum. For more information, visit