Wednesday
Apr112012

agoda.com: Asian super city specials!

agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced super city deals in some of Asia’s most exciting urban destinations.

As far as big cities go, Asia’s got plenty. Full of neon lights, noise and people, there’s nothing quite like a trip to one of the region’s super cities to engage and challenge the senses. While beach breaks and country sojourns are fine for longer holidays, a short city break or luxury staycation can be just as rewarding – and just as relaxing – as an extended vacation in a remote destination.

The following are just a handful of Asia’s superlative urban centers. Full of energy and excitement yet offering plenty of opportunity to escape and unwind, these cities have it all: exotic food, the latest tech, great shopping, lush spas, and an inspiring mix of modern and traditional architecture.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

agoda.com showcases new resorts in the Maldives

agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced the addition of five new properties to its resort listings in the Maldives.

A nation composed almost entirely of paradise islands, it would take a lifetime to explore every perfect beach in the Maldives. With twin chains of 26 atolls – more than a thousand islands in total – it’s impossible to even imagine visiting them all, as incredible as that journey would be.

Luckily, the beauty of the Maldives is consistent across the archipelago, from the northernmost atoll of Haa Alif to the far southern reefs of Addu. An unforgettable island getaway is practically assured – once travelers decide which resort is best for them, it’s just a matter of getting to Malé international airport in time to make their transfer.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

agoda.com uncovers the fairytale castles of Germany

agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), highlights Germany's fairytale castles, with hotels deals in top German cities for travelers on the fairytale route.

Majestic old palaces and turreted stone castles might be the stuff of children's fables, but for the cultural traveler they offer a beguiling glimpse into European history. Whether intact or in ruins, these fantastical buildings provide insight into the lives of nobility throughout the Middle Ages, with many restored palaces also housing extensive collections of art, antique furniture, weapons and medieval artifacts.

Most of the best-preserved castles lie outside the major cities, their more remote locations contributing to their preservation throughout centuries of war. The more famous of these can be found in the southern states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, amid some of the most beautiful and pristine countryside in Europe.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

agoda.com app update enables mobile Rewards redemption

agoda.com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced mobile app updates for iPhone and Android that allow customers to earn and redeem Agoda.com Rewards Points on the go.

Launched in mid-2011, the Agoda.com mobile apps are some of the most downloaded apps in the travel sphere, with almost a million downloads of the apps to date. In December 2011, the App Safari website rated the app 4.5 out of 5, calling it, "an efficient, intuitively designed hotels reservation app," that is "designed for international travel."

In another positive review, Australian Business Traveller said, "it's especially useful if you're looking to book last-minute hotels on the road… it's an excellent app to have a few finger-taps away in case you need a night at a hotel urgently."

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Wednesday
Mar212012

agoda.com releases Sakura Season specials!

agoda.com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special deals for Japan hotels just in time for sakura season.

The sakura flower, or cherry blossom, is an indelible part of Japanese culture and identity. Honored throughout Japanese history in art, poetry and song, the delicate petals of this national emblem appear only briefly each year. Their arrival transforms bare winter branches into billowy clouds, inspiring an activity known as hanami.

Hanami is the practice of viewing sakura trees in full bloom – a custom adopted from third-century China, where the aristocracy would picnic beneath plum blossom trees. Today, hanami parties are staged wherever there are blossoming sakura to appreciate, with groups of friends, families and colleagues gathering beneath the boughs to share food and listen to music.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

agoda.com offers unbeatable China rates for Qingming 2012

agoda.com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special rates for Qingming Festival.

Observed in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, Qingming is a day where families honor their ancestors. The day is traditionally spent visiting the burial sites of loved ones to 'spring clean' the graves, pray and make offerings. It is also known as 'Tomb Sweeping Day'.

Qingming occurs on the 15th day after the spring equinox – this year falling on April 5. It coincides with the onset of warmer spring weather, and its customs correspond to this change of season. After dusting graves and making offerings, families go on picnics together, take long country walks, and plant trees. Kite flying is also a popular Qingming activity.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

agoda.com offers up to 20% discount on Aussie Easter getaways

agoda.com, a leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced a selection of Sydney hotel deals that make a budget trip Down Under easier than ever.

New low-cost carrier routes between Asia and Australia make it cheaper than ever to go Down Under. The long-haul flight from Asia's major air hubs to Sydney International Airport can now be made via a selection of airlines – both on flagship carriers and low-cost airlines – with the competition between carriers resulting in competitive prices for travelers.

With agoda.com's special deals on Australian hotels, travelers now have the opportunity to really save on an Aussie holiday. Travelers visiting in autumn (March to May) can maximize savings by avoiding peak summer time rates while still enjoying great weather. Autumn in Sydney is very mild, with sunny temperate days and cool evenings. The days aren't as hot and the sun not as strong as in the summertime, but travelers will discover it's still warm enough for quality time outdoors.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

agoda.com's Super Songkran Deals for Thai New Year!

agoda.com, Asia's leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special Songkran hotel deals to mark Thailand's biggest celebration.

Sawasdee bii mai! is Thai for 'Happy New Year!' and something travelers can expect to hear a lot of over the three days of Songkran.  Stretching from April 13 to 15, Songkran is not only the kingdom's biggest and most important holiday, it's something that lovers of Thailand should experience at least once.

During Songkran, many Thais visit family, party with friends and make merit at their local temple. Most Bangkok residents travel upcountry to their hometowns, leaving the city unusually quiet and traffic-free for the duration of the celebration.

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Thursday
Mar082012

agoda.com releases Early-Bird Deals for the 111th Canton Fair

agoda.com, Asia's leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced early-bird hotel rates for delegates attending the 111th session of the China Import and Export Fair.

Twice a year, this major trade event – better known as Canton Fair – brings hundreds of thousands of business travelers to Guangzhou. Guangzhou is a hot tourist destination in its own right, with great shopping, beautiful parks and historic Chinese and European architecture, so attendees have plenty of opportunity to combine business and leisure.

As always, the fair will be staged in the Pazhou Complex and the Liuhua Exhibition Center, with a free shuttle operating between these venues and pick-up points within Guangzhou. Pazhou Complex is the largest exhibition center in Asia with 16 different halls across two floors and a beautiful outdoor area next to the Pearl River.

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Thursday
Mar082012

agoda.com's top 5 reasons to visit Munich this spring

agoda.com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced spring hotel deals in Munich, making it one of Europe's hottest destinations this season.

Spring in Europe is one of the best times to travel, with clear, temperate days and pleasantly cool nights across much of the continent. Extended sunny breaks and colorful spring blooms entice locals outdoors, with many of the year's best calendar events happening before the summer crowds roll in.

agoda.com has a selection of great-value hotel deals in Munich this spring. Coupled with shoulder-season airfares, travelers opting to visit Munich before the summertime rush stand to enjoy significant savings. Here are some other great reasons to visit Munich this season.

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