Busy hotels in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole hotels entered Memorial Day weekend 85.1% occupied.

That’s the finding of the latest Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce Weekend Occupancy Outlook Straw Poll.

The weekend before the actual occupancy came in at 71.6%. Next weekend, June 4 and 5, hotels have 89.5% occupancy on the books.

“The Actuals for all of Jackson Hole Memorial Day Weekend in 2019 were just above 64,” the chamber’s Kent Elliott wrote in his weekly report.

“As mentioned last week, I expected that the occupancies between town and village will become closer as the Teton Village properties fully reopen, and this coming weekend and the next two weeks strongly indicate that,” he wrote. “These certainly are unprecedented times; it just shows the pent-up demand and the willingness to travel.”

Wanted: Entrepreneur nominations

The Wyoming Council for Women seeks nominations by the end of June for its annual Woman Entrepreneur Award, created to recognize women-owned businesses in the Cowboy State and spotlight the contribution female entrepreneurs make to the state’s economy.

“Female entrepreneurs impact economies and families in every single community in Wyoming,” council chairwoman Jennifer Wilmetti said in a press release.

Nominees must be women who own or operate a Wyoming-based business that has operated continuously for at least three years. Nominees may nominate themselves or be nominated by another individual.

You can find the application at Facebook.com/WyoWomensCouncil/photos. The deadline for nominations is June 30.

To submit an application or ask questions about the award, contact Wilmetti at jennifer.wilmetti@wyoboards.gov.

Bentwood earns sustainability certification

The Bentwood Inn has achieved the Riverwind Foundation’s BEST certification, an acknowledgement of its comprehensive sustainability efforts, which have ranged from the use of refillable soap containers in guest rooms to the removal of fencing that might have impeded wildlife movement.

BEST, which stands for Business Emerald Sustainability, was created by the Jackson Hole nonprofit to give members of the valley’s Reduce Reuse Recycle Business Leaders a platform to reach higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality.

Those on the BEST list so far include the Elk Refuge Inn, Jackson Lake Lodge, Flat Creek Ranch, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Hole Airport, Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris, Xanterra’s Yellowstone National Park Lodges and Signal Mountain Lodge.

The depth and breadth of the BEST process is what makes it meaningful and attractive, the Bentwood Inn’s owner said in a press release.

“The Bentwood Inn is a founding member of the Preferred Hotel Group ‘Beyond Green Initiative,’ which strives to set a global standard for lodging industry stewardship,” Keith Sproule said in the release. “The BEST process is equally, if not a bit more, rigorous.”

For a look at the inn’s programs, go to BentwoodInn.com/sustainable-lodging. These are some of the things on the list:

LED lighting in all public areas.

Food and yard waste composting.

Recycling of glass, aluminum and cardboard.

Natural, locally sourced soap, shampoo and salt scrub in guest rooms in reusable containers

Food purchases that emphasize local and organic goods, and supply lines with local vendors like Vertical Harvest and Cosmic Apple Farms.

A two-tank system with a water tank for on-demand hot water supply, reducing heat loss during off-peak hours.

— Staff report

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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