Confidentiality and Privacy

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau will treat your Personal Information with the utmost respect in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This website — www.hiltonheadisland.org — is owned and operated by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau. We are strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our website users. The intent of our privacy policy is to inform you, the user, about the information that we may collect about visitors to our site, how we use that information, and about our disclosure practices.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau is committed to high standards that require honesty, integrity and fairness. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau will collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. We do not use techniques that collect personal information about you without your knowledge. You have the right to decline to have any information collected or transferred for marketing purposes.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

All personal information that is collected on our website is stored in a secure location. At no time will the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau solicit personal information to third party vendors without prior consent, as we respect the privacy and confidentiality of our website visitors.

WHAT ABOUT SPAM

Subscribers will not receive any unsolicited emails or correspondence if they have not provided the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau with prior permission. From time to time we may use email as a way to keep in touch with our website visitors; however, we do not send “spam” (unsolicited marketing emails). If you agree to receive email communications from us, every email message we send to you will include an email address to which you can respond. If at any time you decide you do not want to receive marketing emails from us, simply let us know and we will remove your name and email address from our mailing list.

NO WARRANTIES

The website and all content is provided to you on an “as is” “as available” basis without warranty of any kind either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchant-ability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau makes no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or reliability of any content available through this website. You are responsible for verifying any information before relying on it. Use of the website and the content available on the website is at your sole risk.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau makes no representations or warranties that use of the website will be uninterrupted or error-free. You are responsible for taking all precautions necessary to ensure that any content you may obtain from the web site is free of viruses.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau specifically disclaims any liability, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special damages arising out of or in any way connected with access to or use of the website, even if the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau has been advised of the possibility of such damages, including but not limited to reliance by any party on any content obtained through use of this website, or that arises in connection with mistakes or omissions in, or delays in transmission of, information to or from the user, interruptions in telecommunications connections to the website, or viruses, whether caused in whole or in part by negligence, acts of god, telecommunications failure, theft, or destruction of, or unauthorized access to the website, or related information or programs.

TRADEMARKS

You may not reproduce, distribute or otherwise use any Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau trademarks, service marks or logos, or any trademarks, service marks or logos that are confusingly similar to those of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau, without prior written permission from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau. Unauthorized use of any of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau’s trademarks, service marks, or logos may be a violation of trademark laws of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau and other countries.

COPYRIGHTS

This website is protected by United States of America copyright laws and international copyright treaties. You may not modify, reproduce or distribute the content, design or layout of the website, or individual sections of the content, design or layout of the website, without prior written permission from the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau. The use of the material on the website on any other website or in a networked computer environment for any purpose is prohibited.

MODIFICATIONS

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau reserves the right to modify the website, and the rules and regulations governing its use, at any time. Modifications will be posted on the website, and users are deemed to be apprised of and bound by any changes to the website. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau may make changes in the products and/or services described in this website at any time.

VIOLATION OF RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau reserves the right to seek all remedies available at law and in equity for violations of the rules and regulations set forth in this website, including the right to block access from a particular Internet address to the website.

USER SUBMISSIONS

Generally, any communication which you post to the website is considered to be non-confidential. If particular Web pages permit the submission of communications which will be treated by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau as confidential, that fact will be stated in “Legal Notices” on those pages. By posting communications to the website, you automatically grant the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform and display the communication alone or as part of other works in any form, media or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sub-licensees.

As a user of the website (“User”), you are responsible for your own communications and are responsible for the consequences of their posting. You must not do the following things: post material that is copyrighted, unless you are the copyright owner or have the permission of the copyright owner to post it; post material that reveals trade secrets, unless you own them or have the permission of the owner; post material that infringes on any other intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others; post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to any person or entity; post sexually explicit image(s); post advertisements or solicitations of business; post chain letters or pyramid schemes; or impersonate another person.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any of communications posted by other Users or endorse any opinions expressed by Users. You acknowledge that any reliance on material posted by other Users will be at your own risk.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau does not screen communications in advance and is not responsible for screening or monitoring material posted by Users. If notified by a User of communications which allegedly do not conform to this Agreement, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau may investigate the allegation and determine in good faith and its sole discretion whether to remove or request the removal of the communication. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau has no liability or responsibility to Users for performance or non-performance of such activities. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau reserves the right to expel Users and prevent their further access to the website for violating this Agreement or any law and the right to remove communications which are abusive, illegal, or disruptive.

LINKED INTERNET SITES

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau may post links on the web site that will allow you to leave the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau’s web site. The linked sites are not under the control of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau, and the content available on the Internet sites linked to this website does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau is providing these links to other Internet sites as a convenience to you, and access to any other Internet sites linked to this website is at your own risk. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau assumes no responsibility for the content of such linked Internet sites. The inclusion of any link does not imply a recommendation or endorsement by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau of the linked site.

GOVERNING LAW AND GENERAL PROVISIONS

This website is operated by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau from its offices within the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau. The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau makes no representation that the information in the website is appropriate or available for use in other locations, and access to the website from territories where the contents of the website may be illegal is prohibited. Those who choose to access this website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws. Any claims relating to the information available on this website will be governed by the laws of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau, excluding the application of its conflicts of law rules. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this Agreement, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any term of this Agreement shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Except as expressly provided in a particular “Legal Notice,” this Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between you and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau with respect to the use of the website.

 

HOW WE USE COOKIES

WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer or mobile device when that user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognize the user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.

In addition to cookies, there are other types of tracking technologies, like scripts, used by some third parties to enable the services they provide to us, and we use some of them on this website to help make our web content, emails and advertising more relevant to you.

We do not use cookies or other web tracking technologies to collect or record information such as your name, address or other contact details.

WHY DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TYPES OF TRACKING?

Cookies allow websites to perform a variety of functions such as remembering that you have logged in, ensuring you have a stable and secure connection and much more. Most websites depend on cookies or other forms of tracking to deliver the best possible user experience, to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the experience for other visitors, and to deliver relevant content.

ESSENTIAL TRACKING

These cookies and tracking technologies make sure parts of a website work and that you can use the site effectively, such as ensuring site security or remembering information that you’ve typed into a form. 

If you restrict these cookies you may not be able to use some functionality on the site.

SITE PERFORMANCE TRACKING

To measure the performance of the website and see how websites are used, we use these types of cookies and tracking technologies. We use these to improve how the website works and measure our marketing activity. If you restrict this tracking, we will, for example, find it more difficult to find any errors on the site and find it more difficult to develop a site that meets your needs.

USER CONVENIENCE TRACKING

This type of tracking allows websites to remember your choices - for example, that you prefer not to be asked to fill in a survey next time you visit the site and provide enhanced, more personal features. They may also be used to provide services on the site such as remembering content that you save to your ‘saved favorites’ list or watching a video. 

ADVERTISING OR TARGETING TRACKING

We aim to improve the relevance of advertisements that you see and this type of tracking helps us to do that. It’s also used to limit the number of times you see an ad as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. This type of tracking is placed by advertising networks working with us. When you opt out of advertising tracking, in some cases, a cookie needs to be stored on your device to save your opt-out preference.

WHAT TYPES OF DATA DO WE USE?

Depending on the tracking being used, different types of data might be stored and/or used. Most of our tracking uses anonymous data but some may include pseudonymous data like booking references. We use IP address to build anonymous information about general groups of users but we do not keep your IP address so it can never be used to link any information to you. If you are already logged into services such as Google or Facebook when you visit our site, they may link your visit on our site to the data that they have about you. We do not receive any such data. We do not track or store any personal data for third parties to access or use.

CONTROLLING COOKIES AND TRACKING

Browsers have different methods for controlling cookies and scripts. Please refer to your browser’s information about how to control cookies.

We use a number of suppliers who set cookies, or host other forms of tracking technologies like scripts, on this website in order to deliver the services they are offering.

Some cookies and tracking technologies can be controlled by using methods provided by the suppliers of those cookies and tracking technologies or by using these methods:

Restricting cookies or scripts

  • may adversely impact the functionality of this website and other services related to the site
  • will not prevent ads from being shown to you. Your preferences and history won’t be saved and can’t be used to serve more relevant advertising and web content so the ads and content you see could be less relevant to you.
  • will not prevent emails being sent to you. If you’d like to unsubscribe from any emails, please use the unsubscribe links included in the emails you’ve received or contact us.
  • More information about the cookies and tracking used on the site is below, along with links to information about how to control them. Note that these links will take you to other sites. We are not responsible for the information on these other sites nor the setting of cookies and tracking by these third parties.

 

ESSENTIAL TRACKING

SITE PERFORMANCE TRACKING

TRACKING NAME PURPOSE, CONTROL AND MORE INFORMATION

Google Analytics

This is used for the analysis of web behavior and web traffic for site performance and user experience improvements.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you
Pseudonymous data such as booking reference or customer id

Control this tracking
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881

Google Tag Manager

Rule based system that allows us to conditionally run scripts/code related to site tracking.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you
Pseudonymous data such as booking reference or customer id

Control this tracking
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881

 

ADVERTISING AND TARGETING TRACKING

TRACKING NAME PURPOSE, CONTROL AND MORE INFORMATION

Bing

Used to store user preferences and settings; enable sign-in; provide interest-based advertising; combat fraud; and analyze how Microsoft websites and online services are performing.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you

Control this tracking
https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads

DoubleClick (Google)

Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you
Pseudonymous data such as booking reference or customer id

Control this tracking
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881

Facebook

Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you

Control this tracking
http://optout.aboutads.info/

TripAdvisor

Measures campaign effectiveness and performance.

Data types used
Anonymous data which is data that cannot identify you

Hilton Head Island 2020 Vacation Planner

Start Planning

Request a free copy of the Hilton Head Island Vacation Planner and learn about all the attractions, activities, unique history and places to stay on Hilton Head Island. 

Hilton Head Island Compass App Logo

Download Our App

Plan and Navigate your getaway on Hilton Head Island with our Island Compass app. Search for activities, restaurants, and attractions, get travel deals, view trip ideas, and create your own personalized itinerary.