Chimani receives the Innovation & Creativity Award

Chimani receives the Innovation & Creativity Award at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Augusta, Maine.

Last week, Kerry Gallivan, founder of Chimani travel apps for national parks, was awarded the Innovation & Creativity Award at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Augusta, Maine. The Governor’s Conference on Tourism is held every year to bring 400 tourism organizations together to share ideas, discuss best practices, and learn upcoming trends and marketing from industry experts.

Gallivan founded Chimani, in 2010, to combine his love of national parks with his mission to provide mobile tools that would empower travelers to explore more fully.   “I’ve loved our national parks since I was a kid and I believe helping people have better more fulfilling park experiences can lead to a lifetime of love, stewardship, and advocacy for these great spaces –  ultimately preserving them for generations.” said, Gallivan.

The Innovation & Creativity Award was given to Chimani for their development of a mobile version of the Friends of Acadia’s Acadia Quest game which was built into the Chimani Acadia National Park app.

The Acadia Quest game hosts a series of experiences in Acadia National Park that encourage youth and families to explore, learn, and protect national parks and other conserved lands. Teams who completed the quest earned prizes such as an annual Acadia park pass. Friends of Acadia have been running a paper version of the Acadia Quest program for nine years, but this was their first launch of it on an app.

“Winning this award was a great honor, “ said Kerry Gallivan, “there are so many great organizations doing creative work getting people to Maine and when one of us succeeds we all benefit. For this particular project, I was fortunate to work with the good folks at Friends of Acadia. I believe the project was so successful because of our shared vision to get more people, especially kids, out in the park in a fun and unique way. We were thrilled by the mobile version of Acadia Quest’s popularity.  We had over 25,000 check-ins over the course of the summer. It’s important for me to recognize Friends of Acadia when accepting this award.”

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Other award winners were: David L. Berg,  Red Apple Campground who received the Leadership & Growth Award; Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce who received the Marketing & Promotion Award; Biddeford Mills who received the Originality Award, and Karen Arel, President, Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce who received the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence.