Doug and Kathleen Campbell Receive 2018 “Big WYO” Award: Hotel Wolf Owners Honored at Wyoming Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism

March 5, 2018—Cheyenne, Wyoming—The Wyoming Lodging & Restaurant Association (WLRA) and the Wyoming Office of Tourism (WOT), on behalf of the entire hospitality and tourism industry, are pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the annual “Big WYO” award, Doug and Kathleen Campbell of Saratoga, Wyoming. More than 275 industry partners celebrated the Campbells’ award at Tuesday’s “Salute to the Industry Gala” where Governor Matt Mead presented them with the award.

"For over 40 years, Doug and Kathleen have continued the incredible history of the Wolf Hotel with style and grace," said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. "The Campbells’ kind and welcoming ways, coupled with their beautiful restoration of this historic property, have made the Wolf Hotel a staple of tourism in Saratoga and the State of Wyoming. Congratulations to them on receiving the 2018 Big WYO Award!”

Each year, the “Big WYO” award is sponsored by the WLRA and given to an individual (or individuals) who has done an outstanding job promoting and improving the tourism industry in Wyoming. 

"Since 1977 the Wyoming Lodging and Restaurant Association has proudly awarded the BIG WYO award to a private sector individual who has done an outstanding job promoting tourism for the State of Wyoming,” said WLRA Executive Director Chris Brown. “Doug and Kathleen Campbell have owned and operated the historic Hotel Wolf for more than 40 years and during that time they have absolutely exemplified all that the award stands for. We are so grateful for all that Doug and Kathleen have done to promote and protect Wyoming’s hospitality and tourism industry.”

Doug and Kathleen Campbell have been the heart and soul of the Platte Valley since they returned to Wyoming in 1977 with their four children.

“It’s a marvelous thing to receive this award,” said Doug Campbell. “Tourism has been supportive in everything we have done. We treasure this award.”

Tireless advocates and supporters of lodging and tourism in Wyoming, the Campbells are noted for their love of the Cowboy State, their welcoming hospitality, their generosity and their loyal support of the University of Wyoming athletics.

“When you spend time with Doug and Kathleen you can’t help but notice the feeling that you are in the presence of family because they are true leaders in the hospitality and tourism community,” added Brown.

2018 marks the 41st year that the “Big WYO” award has been given. Learn more at