|Historic Hotels of America recently debuted a new website. // (c) 2011 Historic Hotels of America|
Historic Hotels of America has debuted a new website that seamlessly integrates history and heritage travel with technology enabling guests to discover, explore, and celebrate great moments and people as they journey through American history. The newly launched website was developed in partnership with Sabre Hospitality Solutions.
The website, HistoricHotels.org, makes researching, planning and booking cultural travel accommodations easy, engaging and educational. By connecting Historic Hotels of America’s unique collection of more than 235 historic hotels with the locations, events and places in history, the new website provides guests seeking rich cultural and historic travel. With an enhanced search criteria console, a dynamic map-based hotel finder, and an interactive timeline that mixes historic events, famous people, inventions, and economic milestones with member hotel openings to be as much of an interactive history guide as it is a hotel booking site, the company said.
The new interactive website includes historic hotel members ranging from small historic inns to city-center icons and from converted factories to grand dame hotels and resorts. The site enables visitors to navigate through America’s rich history in order to find their next heritage travel experience and choose from more than 1,200 packages, historic experiences, and special offers at participating historic hotels across the country.
Historic Hotels of America’s new website provides visitors with the ability to search beyond just availability and location. Now, visitors may locate their hotel by favorite historic era; 39 different architectural styles--ranging from Art Deco to Victorian; 15 property styles--from mansions to factories to resorts, and four distinctive levels of service categorized by platinum, gold, silver and bronze.
With the site’s dynamic map-based hotel finder, locating a historic hotel in a specific area of the country has never been easier. Found under ‘Destinations,’ the map allows visitors to search by geographic location, and then further refine their search by luxury level, property, and architectural style. Travelers can plan their itinerary with a detailed map. With a quick click, visitors can research local attractions, museums, battlefields and historic sites.
Visitors also have the option of searching for their next travel experience by theme. Catering to a vast range of interests, the ‘Experiences’ section enables visitors to find hotels based on distinctive experiences and activities that include Vacations and Leisure, Spas and Retreats, Golf and Outdoor Activities, Food, Family, Groups and Romance.
The site was designed to generate qualified traffic through search engine optimization; engage visitors with interactive and informative design and content; convert visitors to guests; generate revenue for the member hotels with the Guest Connect booking engine; and establish and maintain loyalty through engagement and online social communities.
In celebration of the launch of its new website, Historic Hotels of America is offering guests who book their hotel accommodations on the new Historic Hotels of America website will receive a complimentary one-year family membership ($30 value) to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
During this complimentary membership year, families will receive a savings of 10 percent at participating Historic Hotels of America, a subscription to Preservation magazine, and discounted admission to over 600 historic places worldwide.
Members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are also eligible for the National Trust Member Group Rate Program. Should members require a block of 10 or more guestrooms at participating Historic Hotels of America, they simply submit a request for proposal to the Historic Hotels of America National Sales Office via the new website, and they will receive a 5 percent discount off the hotel’s best available rate or the prevailing group rate, whichever is lower.