ResortsandLodges.com Ready to Challenge Market for Social Travel Supremacy

Online travel pioneers set to release major social update to highly utilized travel research and planning site.

Minneapolis, MN., July 10, 2012   ResortsandLodges.com, a leading world Resort and Lodge destination travel website, today announced it will release its first major update of 2012.  Since 2003, more than 50 Million people have utilized the site to plan and book more than an estimated $1 Billion in room nights direct at Resorts, Hotels, Inns, Bed & Breakfasts and Vacation Rentals listed on ResortsandLodges.com, throughout North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

There are over 200 individual updates being released by ResortsandLodges.com to the 14 year old leading leisure transient and leisure group travel site.  The development started in late November 2011 and has become the largest, most ambitious release in the company’s history.  Most notably, the next generation travel site will offer its millions of travelers new and easy social layers to connect, share, and enhance their shopping experience like never before.

“Being in the travel space for over 10 years we have seen online travelers demand for information grow leaps and bounds.  There are very few sites that offer the consumer the full experience from initial inspiration, to consumption to sharing.  As a leader in our space, we wanted to offer our loyal audience the perfect travel site,” said Charles Bailey, CEO of TravelNet Solutions, owners of ResortsandLodges.com.

Facebook created an ecosystem around the concept of the “like button”.  ResortsandLodges.com is creating an ecosystem around two primary buttons that span all content across the site.

“We feel “Been Here” and “Wanna Go” are going to be key drivers in our travel planning ecosystem; discover, research, plan, view sharing, book, and finally sharing their own memorable experiences. When someone shares their past travel experiences or future travel plans with their friends and family via the “been here” and “want to go” buttons, coupled with reviews and photos, it will help provide a cleaner, more streamlined, and relatable experience for today’s demanding online traveler,” said Ryan Bailey, President of TravelNet Solutions and ResortsandLodges.com.

Some of the more visible updates include:

Site wide search capability
Customized Location Based Navigation
Dynamic, Filterable Map View
‘Been Here’ and ‘Want To Go’ Button Integration
15 Listings per Accommodation Page (Up from 10 Previously)
Social Recommendations
MySpot Profiles
Badge and Traveler Ranking system
Top 10 Editorial Re-design
Personalized Travel Guides
Re-engineered Travel Inquiry Forms
New property Landing Pages
Social News Feeds in Property Pages
More Visible Direct Website Buttons
Retooled Destination Guides
11 Million New Restaurant Listings
5 Million New Attraction Listings
Dedicated Meeting Lodging Directory
Dedicated Wedding Lodging Directory
Dedicated Family Reunion Lodging Directory
Travel QA
Travel Forums
New Photo Property Photo Galleries
New Filterable Search Options
Trip Planner
Social Recommendation Engine
New Review Engine
Group, Wedding and Meeting Spec Guides
New Landing Page Mapping
Full Site Re-design

“We have an A+ leadership team.  Our vision has always been to build the perfect travel site and the people in our company continue to strive and reach for this goal.  We’ve really transformed our company over the last 12 months and are genuinely excited about the new technology.  It’s a remarkable time to be at ResortsandLodges.com,” continued Charles Bailey.

About ResortsandLodges.com

ResortsandLodges.com® is the most comprehensive online resource for resort and lodge vacations worldwide, serving more than ten million leisure, group and corporate travelers each year. The site provides travelers direct access to original content, colorful photography and high-quality video for resorts, lodges, hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, ranches, vacation rentals and more. Our easy to use visual maps and filters allow Users to quickly find the information they are looking for when researching, planning and booking their resort and lodge vacations. Founded in 1998, we were one of the first major leisure travel directories established on the Internet. Over the years we have received many awards and accolades for our Web design, outstanding usability, fast page loading speeds, and skillful information display.

Most recently, ResortsandLodges.com® won the WebAward for excellence in Web site design and development from the Web Marketing Association (WMA). We were chosen from among 2,400 entries from more than 40 countries during the WMA’s annual WebAward competition.

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