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.

‘Lake Vacations’ Tops North America’s 2012 Most Popular Summer Travel Trends

ResortsandLodges.com has analyzed millions of keyword searches to find the most popular trips being planned for Summer 2012.

Minneapolis, MN., June 14, 2012   ResortsandLodges.com, a leading Resort and Lodge destination travel website, is releasing it’s Top North America travel trends for summer 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Google keyword search combinations brought travelers to ResortsandLodges.com in May, consuming more than 2.2 Million pages of travel content.  ResortsandLodges.com has analyzed this data to determine the most popular North American travel trends for summer 2012.

“It’s definitely interesting to see how travel changes from year to year.  In the several years leading up to 2012, we saw most travelers searching by budget related keywords, sometimes sacrificing quality and multiple activities for cheaper prices  because of the recession.  This year, we’ve definitely seen a shift towards value driven keywords and packaging.  People always want a good deal; however, they want to experience multiple activities while at a resort or in a resort destination.  With so many great destinations offering deals, travelers are taking time to consider multiple options and are ultimately going with what they really want to get from their vacation rather than the cheapest option.” said Ryan Bailey, President of ResortsandLodges.com.

Each year ResortsandLodges.com continues to help millions of travelers plan their summer trips with a wide variety of expert and user generated content, including:  Top 10 lists, travel guides, social travel recommendations and over 800 destination and property videos.

What’s Hot: Top 5 Most Popular Summer 2012 Travel Trends on ResortsandLodges.com

1.  Lake Vacations

Total Searches in May 2012: 230,714
Popular destination: Lake of the Ozarks

2.  All Inclusive Vacations

Total Searches in May 2012:   227,848
Popular destination: Florida Keys

3.  Family Trips

Total Searches in May 2012: 188,915
Popular destination: Myrtle Beach

4.  Beach Vacations

Total Searches in May 2012: 177,933
Popular destination: Panama City Beach

5.  Spa Getaways

Total Searches in May 2012: 131,000
Popular Destination: West Virginia

Honorable Mention:

Cabin Rentals – 91,209 searches
Romantic Getaways – 60,154 searches
Golf Trips – 39,304 searches

To Plan your summer travels visit www.resortsandlodges.com

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.

ResortsandLodges.com Unveils 2012 Top North American Family Resorts

ResortsandLodges.com Unveils 2012 Top North American Family Resorts

Awards honor family-friendly resorts in North America based on millions of visits, reviews and demand of travelers.

Minneapolis, MN., May 23, 2012   ResortsandLodges.com, a world leading Resort and Lodge destination travel website, today announced its 2012 Top 10 North American Family Resorts. This year, 239 top family-friendly properties were considered throughout North America from Ontario to the Bahamas. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please  click:

http://www.resortsandlodges.com/top-10/2012-05-18/top-10-north-america-family-hotels-resorts/index.html

Awards are being given to properties that have proven to be unique and inspiring family travel destinations by traveler demand on ResortsandLodges.com, as well as reviews on ResortsandLodges.com and several of the largest, most trusted user review websites online.

“Every year we inspire millions of travelers as they research and plan their family getaways.  This year we have identified 10 of the best, most highly rated family resorts North America has to offer.  Some of these properties are in travel hot spots like New York and St. Pete Beach, some are in less publicized, but equally wonderful destinations such as Muskoka Ontario and Sheboygan, Wisconsin,” said Ryan Bailey, President of ResortsandLodges.com.

To provide more information to help travelers plan their family getaway, ResortsandLodges.com has partnered with many of the top 10 family resorts to offer specials and packages throughout the summer, saving families up to 30% off their summer travel plans.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a Top 10 family resort by the leading authority on resort and destination travel in North America, ResortsandLodges.com.  We’ve been welcoming families to the Villa Roma Resort for more than 40 years.  Our diverse activities and amenities provide an all inclusive family experience that everyone can enjoy year round.  This recognition truly validates the world class family vacation experience we provide our guests,” said Paul Carlucci, Vice President and Managing Director of The Villa Roma Resort.

Top 10 North America Family Resorts

  1. Woodloch Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
  2. Villa Roma Resort,  Callicoon, New York
  3. Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  4. Rocking Horse Ranch, Highland, New York
  5. Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach, Florida
  6. The Westin Casaurina Resort, Cayman Islands
  7. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California
  8. Clevelands House, Muskoka, Ontario
  9. Hilton Los Cabos Resort, Los Cabo, Mexico
  10. Atlantis, Paradise, Bahamas

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.

TravelNet Solutions Adds Vacation Rental Directory to ResortsandLodges.com

TravelNet Solutions, Inc.  Adds Vacation Rentals Directory to ResortsandLodges.com

TravelNet Solutions, Inc. parent company of ResortsandLodges.com and a leader in providing complete marketing solutions for the hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a new vacation rentals directory on ResortsandLodges.com.

Cottage Grove, MN – June 22, 2011In response to requests from several clients, as well as millions of travelers, TravelNet Solutions has added a vacation rentals directory to ResortsandLodges.com. Now, in addition to overall resort and lodge listings, companies and private rental homeowners will have the opportunity to showcase their rental properties individually and inexpensively to ResortsandLodges.com’s global audience.

“ResortsandLodges.com strives to be the best tool for travelers to plan their vacations, as well as the best platform for vacation property owners to connect with those travelers. This new vacation rentals directory will give homeowners and travelers alike the chance to find thousands of destinations across the globe on one familiar, trusted source,” President and Co-Founder Ryan Bailey said.

The vacation rental industry has seen a considerable boom in recent years, both for property owners and travelers. According to a recent survey by HomeAway.com, more than 6 million vacation properties were being rented out to travelers in the U.S. and Europe, generating over $85 billion in income in 2010. HomeAway also reports that 81 percent of people traveling this summer are traveling for pleasure, and of that 81 percent, 68 percent are choosing vacation rentals.

“I am thrilled to see that ResortsandLodges are expanding to vacation rentals. They are an important part of the tourism sector, and I’m excited to be a part of it from the beginning,” Shari Goldstein, President at Carolina Mornings Realty, said. “We get a lot of traffic from ResortsandLodges.com, and I think the new directory and their powerful SEO will drive us even more traffic and prove to be very financially productive.”

Property owners interested in learning more about listing their vacation rentals on ResortsandLodges.com can contact http://www.resortsandlodges.com/con-cms/contact-us/sales/.

About TravelNet Solutions, Inc:

TravelNet Solutions’ strong success has been more than a decade in the making. A first generation travel vertical site originally founded in 1998 was ResortsandLodges.com which would be the vehicle for tremendous growth in the following years.

Built with a grant from NASA, Michigan State University, & Polyphasic – ResortsandLodges.com was a early test vehicle to a global content management system and a new friend to the world wide web. The site quickly gained popularity with millions of consumers and thousands of advertisers.

With exciting data at it’s fingertips we would begin a tremendous transition in 2004 – from a single travel vertical site to a diversified, platform company that would scale much larger. Looking ahead, TravelNet Solutions plans to pursue top talent and infrastructure that offers a significant growth strategy for it’s audience, advertisers, investors and revenues.

Updates to ResortsandLodges’ Weekly Top Travel Deals Newsletter!

Every week, we pick out our favorite incrediDEALS (a.k.a. incredible travel deals!) from different regions of the U.S. and the world and deliver them straight to our subscribers’ inboxes.  This week, we decided to try something new with our deals newsletter, adding some photography and a new layout!  The new version is pictured first, and the old version is below.

Since this newsletter is for YOU, we want to know: which version do you like better and why? Let us know in the comments, or tell us on our wall at www.facebook.com/ResortsandLodges!

New Version:

New IncrediDEALS Email

Old Version:

Old IncrediDEALS Newsletter from ResortsandLodges.com

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