AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BedandBreakfast.com today announced it has enhanced its website with expanded features to showcase the special characteristics of B&Bs and inns and help travelers find new and undiscovered travel experiences found only at B&Bs.
With a new look and design, BedandBreakfast.com™ showcases the comfortable, personable and pampered travel experience provided by B&Bs and inns. There are also more photos and prominent placement of important booking information for inns on their property pages, including rates, rooms, location, availability and distinctive characteristics.
The site now offers improved performance, making it easier and faster for travelers to navigate and find the perfect B&B. Travelers will also enjoy improved search enabling them to find properties based on rates, number of reviews, review ratings, Diamond Collection™ properties, type of property, special deals and packages, and B&Bs accepting BedandBreakfast.com gift cards.
In addition to the enhanced site, Gregory Sion has been named BedandBreakfast.com's new general manager. The former general manager of Abritel HomeAway®, the leading vacation rental marketplace in France, Sion has been instrumental in the design and development of the new site and will oversee the company's operations and management.
"When it comes to bed and breakfast travel, our guests, who are primarily couples, are looking for new and undiscovered experiences and inns with extraordinary characteristics that make their travel experience really special," says Sion. "The enhancements to BedandBreakfast.com showcase the personality of inns more prominently, so travelers can find those undiscovered gems."
While about two-thirds of travelers believe the majority of B&Bs are historic properties, only 20 percent of the inns listed on BedandBreakfast.com are listed as historic. Of the more than 12,000 B&Bs on BedandBreakfast.com, there is a wide range of inn types, the diversity of which are featured more prominently on the new site.
In a recent online survey* conducted by BedandBreakfast.com, the following amenities ranked highest among B&B travelers when deciding where to stay: flexible check-in, free breakfast, free onsite parking, free in-room Internet access, free cable or satellite television, and pool or hot tub. The new site more prominently features these and other modern amenities offered at member inns.
"Our data found that travelers have misperceptions about today's B&Bs so we re-designed it to highlight their distinctive offerings and amenities," Sion says. "Frequent B&B guests will tell you they feel more pampered and comfortable when they stay in an inn, and they appreciate the value that comes from all the extras."
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 12,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., which operates the world's leading online marketplace of vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 160,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.
*BedandBreakfast.com online survey of 1,148 B&B travelers conducted in September 2011