Blue Cat Design
Canadian inn wins prestigious Web site award for excellence
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Toronto - June 26, 1996
The Victoria Inn at Gore's Landing on Rice Lake, Ontario has been awarded the prestigious "Canuck Site of the Day" award for Internet Web site excellence in technology and design.
Victoria Inn owner, Donna Cane, says: "Our Web site has been an enormous success. We've recouped all the design and development costs because of increased reservations. The Web site paid for itself within the first two months. We've had guests from as far away as Israel, England, France, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - they all found us on the Internet."
The distinctive Web site http://www.eagle.ca/VictoriaInn was developed by Blue Cat Design, a Toronto-area design firm that specializes in Web site design, online content publishing and Internet marketing.
"Blue Cat Design captured exactly what we are. Guests who have found us on the Net, and come to stay, remark that the inn is exactly what they expected," says inn owner, Donna Cane. "Blue Cat Design edited copy so that the search engines always bring our Web site up in the first five to ten entries on a keyword search. The site is the most important part of our marketing strategy."
"The travel and tourism industry is ideally suited to Internet's World Wide Web," says Blue Cat Design's president, Christine Collie Rowland, an award-winning designer with twenty years of graphic design experience including seven years as Art Director for the CTV Television Network, "People are able to research and plan their vacation or business travel, even make reservations, all from the Web on their home computer."
Blue Cat Design was one of the first Canadian design firms doing Web design. The Globe & Mail newspaper's Report on Business has described the firm as "a Web Pioneer...the grand-daddy of Canada's burgeoning Web site design business".
About Blue Cat Design:
Blue Cat Design Inc. (www.bluecatdesign.com) is one of Canada's premier Web developers and 1999 winner of the Ontario Global Traders Award for Leadership in exporting. Since 1995, the interactive design firm has produced more than 225 Web sites for a diverse international clientele in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The editors of the Internet's premier directory, LookSmart.com, includes Blue Cat Design as one of only 20 firms listed in their "The World's Best Web Designers" category.
Blue Cat Design's Canadian clients include Zurich Insurance, Jamieson Vitamins, Industry Canada, Minacs Group, MTD Canada, and Canadian Facts Ltd.. Among their American clients are: M&T Bank, First Asset Financial Corp., Georgeo's Collection, Mount Sinai Medical Center, The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, and American Federal Recruiters. Locally, the firm has created Web sites for Victoria Inn, Protoplast, Chemcraft, Norpak Handling, and Cashway Building Centres.
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