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Even the airline industry is singing the praises of rehabilitation

December 30, 2009

Boston's Liberty Hotel, formerly the Charles Street Jail. Photo courtesy of GO magazine.

Preservationists have no trouble connecting tourism, and the economic benefits associated with such, to historic places and the unique opportunities they offer for travelers. And it seems even the airline industry is catching the buzz! Reinforcing the undeniable link between history and tourism, this month’s issue of GO, found in the seat pockets of AirTran Airways jets across the United States, features an article on the merits of rehabilitating historic structures for use as hotels. The article focuses on the celebrated rehabilitation of Boston’s Charles Street Jail into The Liberty Hotel, completed in 2007. Tantalizing mentions of similar projects in New York, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Connecticut are sure to give anyone the “travel bug, ” and hopefully, encourage tourists to investigate these more adventurous and engaging lodging options for their next trip. It’s heritage tourism at it’s most basic!

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