Fifty years after 12 North American hoteliers established Preferred Hotels Association as a referral organisation, the brand is celebrating its 50-year anniversary of curating an exceptional swag of independent hotels.
Over the past five decades – filled with expansion into every region of the world and the continued addition of experiential programs and technology – the company has evolved to become Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand with more than 650 one-of-a-kind member hotels, resorts, and residences across 85 countries.
To commemorate this major milestone, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has launched a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign that invites travellers to explore its vast portfolio of independent hotels through a series of consumer-driven initiatives.
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Among the celebratory activities launching today are an inspiring video series; a new social media campaign, #PreferredCelebrates50; a Golden Anniversary package; multiple booking incentives; and a dedicated Golden Anniversary microsite that will serve as the hub of all related activity throughout the year.
“The story of the Preferred brand has been one of incredible success, growth, innovation, and perseverance, and stands as a true testament to the strong value the global travel community places on the truly independent hotel experience,” said Lindsey Ueberroth, Chief Executive Officer, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
“United by a deep passion for hospitality, our global network of associates and hoteliers continues to embrace authentic travel as an important and essential part of life.
“We are so excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with travel enthusiasts worldwide through our Golden Anniversary Campaign, which honours our strong heritage while highlighting the opportunities for discovery and evolution that lie ahead.”
Inspiring Travel for 50 Years – Video Series
For the first time in the brand’s history, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is launching a dynamic consumer video series, entitled Inspiring Travel for 50 Years, to honour the official theme of its Golden Anniversary.
Each month, up to two vignettes will be released via various digital and social media channels, with every video showcasing the rich meaning of #ThePreferredLife.
The videos will highlight the perspective of different guests as they discover the joy, romance, and inspiration of authentic travel while staying at distinct independent hotels within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio.
The first video in the series launched today featuring one man’s experience at Cavallo Point in San Francisco. Watch the video now via PreferredHotels.com.
Golden Anniversary Package
Throughout 2018, guests can take advantage of the brand’s Golden Anniversary package, which rewards travellers with the best available rate plus a $50/£50/€50 hotel credit or a complimentary 50-minute activity at more than 200 participating hotels around the world.
Participating hotels offering the $50 on-property credit range from The Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland and Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Residence in Cape Town to Katamama in Bali and The Broadmoor in Colorado.
Hotels extending a 50-minute themed experience for this package include The Franklin London, offering a Champagne Sabering and Testing class; Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, inviting guests to partake in two cultural activities such as a Japanese language lesson and a tour of the hotel’s incredible gardens; Nassima Royal Hotel in Dubai, pampering guests with a couples massage; and Galeria Plaza Reforma in Mexico City, allowing guests to test their hand at authentic Mexican cuisine during a cooking lesson at its signature restaurant, Almara.
50,000 Bonus Points Promotion
To complement the Golden Anniversary Package, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has launched a month-long Golden Points Promotion to further reward members of its I Prefer Hotel Rewards program.
This value-add incentive gifts I Prefer Members with 50,000 I Prefer bonus points when they book a minimum two-night stay via PreferredHotels.com by February 28, 2018.
The bonus points can be redeemed for Reward Certificates, which can be used like cash towards free room nights and other on-property expenditures at more than 600 participating hotels around the globe.
Past and present guests are invited to join #ThePreferredLife social community by sharing photos and memories gathered during any stay at a Preferred Hotels & Resorts property and tagging them with #PreferredCelebrates50.
Select user photos will be shared on the brand’s @PreferredHotels social media channels, as well as on the newly launched Golden Anniversary microsite. The microsite will serve as the main source for all anniversary activity, featuring each vignette in the video series, news of the quarterly campaign promotions, and other special messages.
Travel enthusiasts who are not active on social media but who want to engage in the celebration can directly upload photos or video messages to the microsite sharing a favourite travel memory or anniversary wishes with Preferred Hotels & Resorts.