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Nominations Open for the Historic Hotels of America 2016 Awards of Excellence

WASHINGTON, DC— March 15, 2016, Historic Hotels of America is accepting nominations for its 2016 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 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 November 3, 2016 at the Historic Hotels of America Annual 2016 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 150 nominees for the Historic Hotels of America 2015 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. Nominations from travel writers, historians, educators, history students, travel editors, and historic preservationists are welcomed also. Additionally, this year, the awards program will be extended to include nomination categories for Historic Hotels Worldwide. Historic Hotels of Worldwide is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (United States of America) for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels around the globe. Historic Hotels Worldwide promotes heritage and cultural travel by featuring a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning more than 10 centuries across the globe.

To be nominated, the hotel must be a member of Historic Hotels of America or Historic Hotels Worldwide. Nominations will be accepted online through July 31, 2016 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 2016 award winning hotels will be announced during the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the culmination of the Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide 2016 Annual Conference at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) in Honolulu, Hawaii. 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 are thrilled that the number of nominees continues to increase each year and look forward to announcing the 2016 awards winners in November.”

Limited tickets for the Historic Hotels of America 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner are available. The dinner will take place at The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort on November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the awards ceremony and dinner are $225 for one seat and $1,800 per table (for 8 seats). Contact Historic Hotels of America at +1 202 772 8000 or scalhoun@historichotels.org to reserve tickets.

The 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held at West Baden Springs Hotel (1902). 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 Preservation with 32 charter members. Today, Historic Hotels of America has more than 275 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 45 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.

Click here to see the Historic Hotels of America video. To receive special offers, including the monthly enewsletter, Discover & Explore, which includes hotel specials, offers and historic fun facts, click here. To view the Historic Hotels of America 2016 Annual Directory eBook or download the free app on iTunes, Amazon, Google play, and the Windows Store.

About Historic Hotels Worldwide™
Historic Hotels Worldwide™ is a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic
hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning more than ten centuries. Historic Hotels Worldwide recognizes authentic cultural treasures that demonstrate historic preservation and their inspired architecture, cultural traditions, and authentic cuisine. Historic Hotels Worldwide is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (United States of America).

HistoricHotelsWorldwide.com allows travelers to book their next getaway from more than 3,000 historic and cultural experiences, and view special offers at participating historic hotels from 30 countries. To be nominated and selected to be featured on this supplemental marketing program website, historic lodging must be at least 75 years old; utilize historic accommodations; serve as the former home or be located on the grounds of the former home of famous persons or significant location for an event in history; be located in or within walking distance to a historic district, historically significant landmark, place of historic event, or a historic city center; be recognized by a local preservation organization or national trust; and display historic memorabilia, artwork, photography, and other examples of its historic significance. To be selected in the United States for inclusion in Historic Hotels Worldwide, a hotel must meet the above criteria plus be a member of Historic Hotels of America. For more information, please visit HistoricHotelsWorldwide.com.

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