TravelClick wins over 60 awards for hotel web design

I was impressed to learn that representation and distribution solutions company TravelClick have won an incredible total of 63 awards for website design in hotel and lodging categories from the IMA AwardsWebAwards,W3 Awards and Adrian Awards in 2012 – more than any other website development company specializing in the hotel industry.  This seems a very impressive number and something I wanted to share with you for when you’re looking for inspiration or ideas on who to talk to when contemplating how to optimise your hotels website.

TravelClick are one of the leading provider of revenue generating solutions for hoteliers and offer hotels reservation solutions, business intelligence products and media and marketing solutions to help hotels grow their business and are currently helping around 30,000 hotel clients in over 140 countries.

“A hotel’s website is an extension of the property, and a key source of bookings,” said Jason Ewell, senior vice president, e-Commerce for TravelClick, “TravelClick continues to be a leader in developing best-in-breed web properties for hotels, helping them to increase bookings and revenue. This year, TravelClick was recognized over 60 times in the nation’s top website competitions for our superior design and performance.”

I’ve listed the full award winning websites below – there are some great examples and I hope you find this a useful reference point to check out some inspiration and different ways of designing your hotel website.

IMA Awards
Websites Designed by TravelClick That Received Best in Class Awards:

•  Edison Hotel (http://www.edisonhotelcp.com/)

•  Le Blanc (http://www.leblancsparesort.com/)

•  The Rendezvous Hospitality Group (http://www.rendezvoushotels.com/)

•  Sentosa (http://www.thesentosa.com/)

•  Opus (http://vancouver.opushotel.com/)

•  Umstead (http://www.theumstead.com/)

Websites Designed by TravelClick That Received Outstanding Achievement Awards:

•  Makena Beach & Gold Resort (http://www.makenaresortmaui.com/)

•  Turnberry Isle Miami (http://www.turnberryislemiami.com/)

•  Paradise Island Harbour Resort (http://www.paradiseislandbahama.com/)

•  Chandler Inn Hotel (http://www.chandlerinn.com/)

•  Sivory Punta Cana (http://www.sivorypuntacana.com/)

•  Don Hall’s Guesthouse Hotel (http://www.donhallsguesthouse.com/)

•  Sun Palace (http://www.palaceresorts.com/sunpalace/)

•  Hotel Windsor (http://www.thehotelwindsor.com.au/)

•  Puente Romano (http://www.puenteromano.com/)

•  Castello del Nero (http://www.castellodelnero.com/)

•  Titanic Hotels (http://www.titanic.com.tr/)

•  Pacifica Host (http://corporate.pacificahost.com/default-en.html)

•  Blue Doors (http://www.bluedoorshotels.com.co/)

•  Palace Resorts (http://www.palaceresorts.com/)

•  Royal Group (http://www.royalgroup.it/)


Web Awards:
Websites Designed by TravelClick That Received Outstanding Website Awards:

•  The Sentosa (http://www.thesentosa.com)

•  Castello del Nero (http://www.castellodelnero.com/)

•  Amrath Hotels (http://www.amrathhotels.nl/)

•  Umstead Hotel & Spa (http://www.theumstead.com/)

•  Blue Doors Hotel Website (http://www.bluedoorshotels.com.co/)

•  Turnberry Isle Miami (http://www.turnberryislemiami.com/)

Websites Designed by TravelClick That Received Standard of Excellence Awards:

•  Titanic Hotels (http://www.titanic.com.tr/)

•  Royal Group (http://www.royalgroup.it/)

•  Rendezvous Hotels (http://www.rendezvoushotels.com/)

•  Hotel Windsor (http://thehotelwindsor.com.au/)

•  Westbury Hotel (http://www.westburymayfair.com/)

•  Sun Palace (http://www.palaceresorts.com/sunpalace/) 

•  OPUS Hotel Vancouver (http://vancouver.opushotel.com)

•  Le Blanc Spa & Resort (http://www.leblancsparesort.com/)

•  Edison Hotel Website (http://www.edisonhotelcp.com/)

•  SivOry Punta Cana (http://www.sivorypuntacana.com/)

•  Chandler Inn Hotel ( http://www.chandlerinn.com/)

•  Paradise Island Harbour Resort (http://www.paradiseislandbahama.com/)

•  Makena Beach & Golf Resort (http://makenaresortmaui.com)


W3 Awards:
Websites designed by TravelClick That Received Gold Awards:

•  Amrath (http://www.amrathhotels.nl/)

•  Sivory Punta Cana (http://www.sivorypuntacana.com/)

•  Umstead (http://www.theumstead.com/)

Websites designed by TravelClick That Received Silver Awards:

•  Blue Doors (http://www.bluedoorshotels.com.co/)

•  Chandler Inn Hotel (http://www.chandlerinn.com/)

•  Don Hall’s Guesthouse Hotel (http://www.donhallsguesthouse.com/)

•  Edison Hotel (http://www.edisonhotelcp.com/)

•  Le Blanc (http://www.leblancsparesort.com/)

•  Makena Beach & Gold Resort (http://www.makenaresortmaui.com/) 

•  Paradise Island Harbour Resort (http://www.paradiseislandbahama.com/)

•  Puente Romano (http://www.puenteromano.com/)

•  Royal Group (http://www.royalgroup.it/)

•  Sun Palace (http://www.palaceresorts.com/sunpalace/)

•  The Westbury (http://www.westburymayfair.com/)

•  Turnberry Isle Miami (http://www.turnberryislemiami.com/)


ADRIAN Awards
Websites designed by TravelClick That Received Silver Awards:

•  Royal Group (http://www.royalgroup.it/)

•  Kenzi Group (http://www.kenzi-hotels.com/)

•  Crown Hotels (http://www.crownhotels.com.au/)

•  The Westin Leipzig (http://www.westin-leipzig.com/)

Websites designed by TravelClick That Received Bronze Awards:

•  AThe Strand Hotel (http://www.thestrandnyc.com/)

•  Umstead (http://www.theumstead.com/)

Accor’s Management Development Programme wins 2012 Springboard Award for Excellence

Great news for us British hospitality lovers.  Accor UK & Ireland has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Springboard Award for Excellence in the Best Management Strategy category for the Accor UK Management Development Programme (MDP).

Judged by individuals from within the hospitality industry, the award demonstrates Accor’s commitment to its employees and its strong positioning within the competitive hospitality business. The judging panel particularly liked how the programme empowered individuals to self-manage the learning process and the diverse techniques used to engage and communicate with their employees by using social media to connect with their young managers.

Accor is following an ambitious strategy to increase its hotel network in the UK to 300 hotels by 2015.  To achieve this expansion, Accor recognises the importance of training and development to provide real career progression and to ensure a ready supply of well-trained managers and team members to support the future growth of the network.

The Management Development Programme (MDP) addresses the key challenge of developing General Managers from within. Approximately 18 aspiring General Managers are selected each year following a rigorous assessment process.  The programme sees General Managers undertake seven modules over a 12-month period, including a strategic business project and an outdoor ‘leadership development’ week.

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of Accor UK & Ireland, said:The Springboard Awards are the premier hotel industry awards so we are delighted to achieve this accolade. Now in its fifteenth year, the MDP is testament to our on-going commitment to career progression. One hundred and seventy-five managers have graduated from the programme and more than 70% remain with the business in key positions. Sixty-five existing hotels are managed by graduates of the MDP. We are very proud that the industry has recognised the programme.”

This is great news to hear, and I especially like that the programme takes social media into the education programme.  For me, and such course that does not teach a future GM how important social media is to a hotel is not a learning programme that will succeed.  Congratulations Accor!

Mr & Mrs Smith scoop Condé Nast Traveller Award

Some belated news, but news that I am really pleased to cover.  One of my all time favourite travel brands Mr & Mrs Smith won another well deserved award, being voted Favourite Travel Website in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards – for the second year in a row!
 “It was amazing enough to hear our name called out last year, but to have it happen again nearly made us fall off our chairs. So, we’d like to say a huge thank you to Traveller readers for voting for us, and to new editor Melinda Stevens for astonishing us all over again”.
Since James Lohan and Tamara Heber-Percy set out hotel hunting nearly 10 years ago, Mr & Mrs Smith have strived to unearth the most stylish, unique and heartfelt hotels, places where a couple could run away to for a weekend and be confident they’d still be talking about their trip years later.  They’ve gone from a handful of boutique retreats in the UK to a worldwide collection of around 1,000 hotels and moved from being a guidebook publisher to being a hotel booking site and travel club – and they have ambitious plans beyond this too.
I really love this company.  They are incredibly passionate about what they do, and they do it very well.  Hotel Insight will be speaking with Mr & Mrs Smith very soon to find our more about their brand and the secret to their successes.