Published on : Saturday, May 13, 2017
This Friday, Lion Country Safari was awarded and received the prize for Palm Beach County’s top tourism reward by beating out two competitors in order to attain the coveted title. The Lion Country was also visited by the crew members from the popular television series ‘Born to Explore’ with Richard Wiese on Jan. 29th. Lion Country Safari received 2017 Providencia Award at a gathering at the Lake Worth Casino Building & Beach Complex as it was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and the Boca Raton Resort & Club were the finalists for the annual award.
To quote Jorge Pesquera, President and CEO of Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing organization, ‘these three finalists are outstanding examples of the world class tourism assets that make The Palm Beaches such a desirable tourism destination; a legendary resort, a first class performing arts center and one of the most unique animal attractions anywhere in the country.’
To note, an individual or organization that succeeded in creating a major impact on tourism receives the said award. Named after a Spanish ship sank off the coast somewhere in the 1880s, it is also being believed that the crew members of the sunken ship sold its cargo of coconuts to people who planted them along the waterfront. Eventually, Palm Beach got its name in that way.