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Nominations Open for the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Awards of Excellence

WASHINGTON, DC— June 9, 2015, Historic Hotels of America is accepting nominations for its 2015 Awards of Excellence. As the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America demonstrates to the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel industry that these honorees and winners are among the finest historic hotels and historic hotels hoteliers across America. The Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a number of categories. Awards of Excellence winners  will be announced and recipients will be honored on October 8, 2015 at the Historic Hotels of America Annual 2015 Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner. These prestigious awards are treasured by historic hotels and their hoteliers. Award winners receive annual recognition, promotion, and the prestige from having been selected from a prestigious collection of historic hotels. There were more than 130 nominees for the Historic Hotels of America 2014 Awards of Excellence.

Nominations are being accepted for Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence  in various categories, including but not limited to: Best Historic Hotel (ranging in size), Best Historic Resort, Legendary Family Historic Hoteliers of the Year, Best Historic Restaurant in Conjunction with a Historic Hotel, New Member of the Year, and many others. Nominations from fellow hoteliers, industry and local community leaders are encouraged. Eligible nominees include members of Historic Hotels of America, including past award recipients. Nominations from travel writers, historians, educators, history students, travel editors, and historic preservationists are encouraged.

To be nominated, the hotel must be a member of Historic Hotels of America and historic hotels hoteliers nominees must currently work at a Historic Hotels of America member hotel. Nominations will be accepted online through July 31, 2015 at HistoricHotels.org/awards. A panel of experts judge and weigh the nominees in each category with multiple judges scoring each entry. Points will then be added cumulatively and an average score will be determined. All tabulation will be done by officials of Historic Hotels of America and kept confidential.

The 2015 award winning hotels will be announced during the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the culmination of the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Conference at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902) at French Lick Resort in West Baden, Indiana. Awards will be presented to winners before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels and invited media. Sponsorship categories for the gala are available.

“The Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards of Excellence continues to grow each year,” said Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We have been pleased to honor the finest historic hotels and historic hotels hoteliers. Recently, the USA Today 10Best Readers Choice historic hotels category featured past Historic Hotels of America annual awards recipients. We know that many hotels include these prestigious awards in their own international and local marketing. We are thrilled that the number of nominees continues to increase each year and look forward to announcing the 2015 awards winners in October.”

Limited tickets for the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are available. The dinner will take place at West Baden Springs Hotel on October 8, 2015 at 7 pm. Tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are $160 for one seat and $1,250 per table (for 8 seats). Contact Historic Hotels of America at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org to reserve tickets. 

The 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at The Hotel Hershey® (1933) in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Please click here to view past award winners. 

About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation® for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservationwith 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 260 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.  More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit HistoricHotels.org.

To receive the free Discover & Explore e-newsletter each month with advance notice about Insiders Savings, special discounts, epic package, and up and coming events in historic hotels in 30 countries, plus free or reduced rate admission to historic and cultural sites, click here.

To view the Historic Hotels of America 2015 Annual Directory eBook, click here or visit HistoricHotels.org/Directory to download the app.

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