Wednesday
Jan152014

Agoda.com teams with Singapore Airlines to offer customers great hotel deals and frequent flyer miles

Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced an enhanced partnership with Singapore Airlines which will give customers instant access to Agoda.com’s inventory of properties around the world.

This partnership is an important next step for the two companies. Having previously offered promotions only to members of KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer program, the enhanced partnership now allows all Singapore Airlines customers to enjoy access to Agoda.com’s global inventory of hotels. KrisFlyer members will additionally benefit from this partnership by earning KrisFlyer miles with every hotel booking. Bookings can be made through a customized booking page at www.agoda.com/singaporeair.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

Agoda.com recommends great hotels in Milan for a refreshing winter holiday

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has made a list of amazing hotels in Milan, Italy, that are perfect for a winter holiday in a city known throughout the world as a hub of global fashion and Italian culture.

Among Italy’s many great cities, Milan stands out as one of the most dynamic. As the country’s second-largest after Rome, Milan is also known as a major cultural center, and a hub for industry, transport, and finance. In winter, the temperature averages just above freezing, which is not terribly cold, but cool enough to ensure a nice winter chill and snow-covered peaks nearby, which are great for skiing. Milan has plenty of indoor attractions as well, ensuring that plenty of sightseeing can be done away from the winter weather.

Among these are Milan’s many famous museums, including the Pinacoteca di Brera and its world-class collection of Italian paintings; the Sforzesco Castle with Michaelangelo’s final sculpture Rondanini Pietà; and the Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that also houses Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Milan’s beautiful architecture, too numerous to mention in its entirety here, deserves a mention as well. Standouts include the Duomo di Milano, a stunning Gothic cathedral with room for 40,000 people that took 600 years to finish; and the Cimitero Monumentale, which many name as the world’s most beautiful cemetery.

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Wednesday
Dec182013

Agoda.com announces great hotel deals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN),  is providing New Year deals in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s historic and often underrated capital. 

For a long time after Phnom Penh’s near-desertion in the wake of the Vietnam War and overthrow of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, it was often called the “Wild West of Asia.” Thankfully over the past few decades, great strides have been made in making the city one of the region’s more livable, enjoyable, and culturally rich destinations. 

Legend says the city was founded in 1372 when a woman named Penh built a temple on a hill (phnom, in the Khmer language) to house several statues of the Buddha that she found. From there, the city’s fortunes waxed and waned as various conflicts and colonial interests shaped the region, until it was finally declared Cambodia’s capital in 1866. From 1867 until its independence in 1953, Cambodia was under French rule, which is still evident from some of the architecture in the city, although only several good examples remain. 

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Wednesday
Dec112013

Agoda.com announces winners of the 2013 Gold Circle Award 

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced the recipients of its prestigious 2013 Gold Circle Awards, given to hotels that exemplify the best qualities of the online hospitality industry.

Now in its fifth year, the Gold Circle Awards are given to industry-leading hotels who work with Agoda.com to meet the unique requirements of the online booking industry. As online commerce and internet penetration has grown, the industry has continued to evolve at a steady pace, making fast, convenient online hotel booking available to more people than ever before.

Recipients of the Gold Circle Award were chosen based on several criteria, among which were an aggregate customer review score of 7.5, savvy utilization of Agoda.com’s custom-built Yield Control System (YCS), consistently competitive pricing, and for showing an understanding of the complex business dynamics that define the online hotel industry.

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Wednesday
Dec042013

Agoda.com gets ready for a Scottish New Year with hotel deals in Edinburgh

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is providing superb hotel deals in Edinburgh, Scotland for Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year and one of the biggest celebrations in Scotland’s historic capital.

Hogmanay’s origins aren’t clear, but it was likely influenced by a combination of Gaelic, Viking, Norse, and even Roman traditions. Many Scots consider Hogmanay even more important than Christmas, as the traditional celebration of Jesus’ birth was officially banned in 1640, allowing the New Year celebrations to become the main winter solstice event in Scottish culture. Indeed, Christmas Day only became an official public holiday again in 1958.

Today, Hogmanay is a key part of the larger year-end celebrations that begin in mid-November and go right through to the first week of January, but Edinburgh’s main Hogmanay celebrations this year last from 30 December to 1 January.

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Monday
Dec022013

Agoda.com’s hotel booking app debuts on the Baidu App Store

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is building on the success of its Android app in the international Google Play store by releasing a version for Chinese audiences in the Baidu App Store.

The app, which provides access to Agoda.com’s inventory of over 360,000 hotels around the world, allows users to browse through a list of the world’s top destinations, find hotels close to their current location while travelling, view photos, and read reviews written by Chinese customers. The app has been localized for a Chinese audience to enhance the experience of finding and booking hotels.

Wilfred Fan, Agoda.com’s Managing Director for North Asia said, “We’re extremely happy to be able to release the Android version of the Agoda.com on the Baidu App Store, China’s largest Android app marketplace. Customers will discover that the app has a terrific user experience and will find special deals not available on other channels.”

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Agoda.com prepares great hotel deals for five of Europe’s top Christmas markets

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has set up great hotel deals in popular European cities to help travelers experience traditional European Christmas Markets, a winter tradition going back hundreds of years.

The annual Christmas market tradition started around the early 14th century in Germany in the leadup to 25 December, the celebration of the birth of Jesus as told in the traditional Nativity story. Usually held in the town square – the center of the village or city most often used for various community events – the markets were places where people could stock up on food and winter supplies, meet with friends and catch up on the latest news and gossip. In that regard, they haven’t changed much in the ensuing centuries, although no one could have foreseen their emergence as a global tourist destination.

Although they originated in Germany, the tradition has spread to other European countries, and today can be found in most any big town or city throughout the region, usually beginning in late November.

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Wednesday
Nov132013

Agoda.com prepares fantastic year-end hotel deals on Australia’s Gold Coast

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is putting together fantastic deals in Australia’s Gold Coast, one of the nicest and most beautiful places on the continent to spend the year-end break.

Situated roughly halfway up Australia’s long and curving eastern coast, about 100km south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is the sixth most populous city in Australia, with nearly 600,000 people, and the most populous non-capital in the country. Once a sleepy vacation town, it boomed in the 1980’s and is now a major hub for tourism and industry.

As is often the case, Australia has taken a well-known holiday season enjoyed throughout the western world and tweaked it with unique cultural touches.

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Wednesday
Nov062013

Agoda.com readies hotel specials for Japan’s Nabana no Sato Illumination Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is offering chilled-out deals for one of Asia’s prettiest festivals – the magical illumination event at the Nabana no Sato flower park, which sees millions of lights of all colors wrapping around and over everything in sight.

Japan’s many winter festivals are known for their illuminated displays, and the Nabana no Sato, located about 350km southwest of Tokyo in Kuwana City, is one of Japan’s best-known and most-visited. Between April and October every year, the location is a renowned flower park, with lush displays of hydrangeas, cosmos, irises, and tulips, but between November and March, the illumination takes over, with more than 8 million LED lights being used to carpet the flower beds that are the main attraction during the months that the light show is not held.

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Tuesday
Oct292013

Agoda.com partners with Virgin Australia to bring hotels and points promotions to Velocity Frequent Flyer members

Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced a brand new partnership with Virgin Australia which will give the airline’s customers instant access to Agoda.com’s global inventory of hotels, including over 5 million customer reviews. 

Members of Virgin Australia’s award-winning loyalty program, Velocity Frequent Flyer, will also earn Velocity Points on Agoda.com accommodation in over 37,000 cities worldwide.

In addition, and to celebrate the partnership, all Velocity members will earn double Velocity Points when they enter their Velocity membership number while booking their hotel between 28-31 October, 2013 through the Velocity Rewards Points website for stays between 1 November – 12 December, 2013.

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