Architourism website launches

Top Quote A new website,, has been launched as the only Internet travel site specifically designed to help travelers find hotels and destinations of architectural interest. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 27, 2012 -, a new website that combines architecture and tourism, has been launched, providing travelers with a unique resource for locating architectural hotels and places of architectural interest., which developed from a popular blog with the same name, provides a destinations directory and an architects' directory for finding buildings by specific designers. The blog keeps travelers up-to-date with travel and architecture news.
    "There are many great architecture websites on the web but only focuses on helping travelers find architecture, specifically hotels and buildings that are open to the public to visit," said Editor Dale Kneen.

    Architectural pilgrimages as a form of tourism are not new. The grand tours of ancient sites popular in the 17th and 19th centuries are an example of this sort of tourism. What's new nowadays is the focus on visiting contemporary buildings.
    Architecture can play a large role in drawing tourists to a city and helps travellers make destination decisions. Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum is a good example of how architecture can turn around a city's fortunes.

    "There's an ever increasing number of choices for travellers to make," said Kneen. "In 1905 there were 46 museums in the USA and today there 3,500 and attendance is booming. US museums will get 850-million visits this year."

    The trend of using architecture to enhance a city's tourist potential continues with the constant opening of spectacular new buildings: Zaha Hadid's Riverside Museum in Glasgow, I.M. Pei's Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Ennead Architects' Natural History Museum of Utah . . .

    Hoteliers have noted the public's increased interest in architecture and many hotels realise that, for discerning travellers, architecture is as important as interior design. provides travellers with a collection of hotels that are noted for their spectacular architecture.

    The hotels on's database include large conference hotels like the new Comwell Bella Sky Hotel in Denmark, designed by 3XN, to Fasano Las Piedras Hotel, in Uraguay, designed by Isay Weinfeld.

    "All the hotels on have exceptional design, whether it be a small hotel in the Arctic Circle, or a large conference hotel in a Middle Eastern desert," said Kneen. "Some of the world's best-known architects, including Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Moshe Safdie and Hertzog & de Meuron, have designed hotels. makes it easy for travellers to find out where these are."

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