Gatlinburg, Tennessee (PressExposure) January 19, 2009 -- TripAdvisorâs Senior Vice President, Robin Ingle, will be visiting Ripleyâs Aquarium of the Smokies on Monday, January 26 to officially present the aquarium with a trophy that declares it the Number One Aquarium in the United States. Ingle will be joined at the media luncheon by Susan Whitaker, commissioner of tourism for the state of Tennessee.
The aquariumâs top ranking was determined based on traveler popularity, consumer ratings and TripAdvisor editors.
âThis is such a great honor to be named as the top aquarium in the U.S. We are very proud especially since the results are based upon the reports from our guests,â said Steve File, general manager. âItâs good to know that so many of our visitors are willing to share their feelings and recommend us as a high quality family entertainment experience.â
Since opening its doors in 2000, Ripleyâs Aquarium of the Smokies, nestled at the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has hosted more than 10 million visitors. Billed as âAmericaâs Most Fun Aquarium,â the aquarium is home to more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures including 12-foot sharks in a world-class 1.4 million gallon aquarium. The majesty of the sea world is revealed through, what has called âthe worldâs best shark exhibit in a 345 foot long underwater aquarium tunnelâ plus thrilling interactive exhibits offering visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal in recreated habitats. Regarded as an exceptional educational facility, the aquarium also provides various education programs for children of all ages.
"These aquariums offer wonderful learning experiences about animals and their habitats, and truly let travelers take a walk on the wild side," said Michele Perry, vice president of global communications for TripAdvisor. âRipleyâs offers great family-friendly underwater attractions that are extremely popular among TripAdvisor.com travelers.â
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Tim OâBrien VP Communications, Ripley Entertainment email@example.com 615-646-7465 - office 615-496-5949 - cell