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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Thursday
Oct242013

Agoda.com readies the welcome mat for Loy Kratong deals in Thailand

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), is offering great hotel deals for travelers who would like to experience Loy Kratong, long one of Thailand’s most popular festivals, and widely considered its most romantic and beautiful celebration.

On November 17th this year, the night of the 12th full moon on the traditional Thai calendar, celebrants will head to Thailand’s many rivers, lakes and canals to take part in a tradition that’s hundreds of years old. Honoring Phra Mae Khongkha, the Goddess of Water, the festival gives people a chance to pay respect and give thanks for a (hopefully) bountiful year past, and to ask for continuing good luck in the coming one. Thailand, as a culture with a heavy reliance on agriculture, has long had a deep and vital tie to the availability of water, so it’s no surprise that Loy Kratong is still seen as an important event.

The name of the festival is unique in that it describes – in Thai – exactly what participants are expected to do. Around most any large body of water throughout the country are dozens of vendors offering a huge variety of round little boats – or kratongs – that range from small and simple to large and ornate. Made from wood, bread or cross-sections of bamboo and banana trees, they are often adorned with flowers, leaves, candles, incense and other decorative items. After choosing a kratong, participants head to the water, say a prayer, and float – or loi – their kratong away from shore. For an extra bit of karma, some even include a fingernail clipping or a few strands of hair to symbolize new beginnings.

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Wednesday
Oct162013

Agoda.com gets hotel deals ready for the high-flying Dubai Skyview

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is presenting special deals on hotels to help celebrate the Dubai Skyview, a world-class aeronautics event open to the public that runs parallel to the industry-only Dubai Airshow, one of the world’s biggest aerospace events.

First held in 1989, the Dubai Airshow this year has moved into the newly completed Dubai World Central, opening up space to build a new exhibition area where the public can enjoy flying performances and shows. The gargantuan Dubai World Central houses logistics, leisure, commercial and residential districts, all surrounding the giant Al Maktoum International Airport.

For the first time, aviation enthusiasts and lovers of airplanes and aeronautical technology can attend a public event at the same time as the industry event. Taking place from 18-21 November, Dubai Skyview features games, food, and a purpose-built grandstand with room for 6,000 attendees. These front-row seats provide the best view for the displays overhead, as planes rocket back and forth in daring mid-air acrobatics, and some of the biggest, fastest, loudest and deadliest airplanes from the military and civilian sector show off their moves.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Agoda.com lines up hotel deals for the fun & quirky Lopburi Monkey Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is providing special deals on hotels to help celebrate one of the strangest and certainly hairiest festivals in Thailand – the annual Lopburi Monkey Festival. This year the festival will be held on 25 November.

Located about 140km north of Bangkok, the city has long been an important strategic location for various tribes and kingdoms over the past 1,000 years or so. However, these days the town is more famous for its large population of monkeys – specifically, the long-tailed macaque – which are closely identified with the city and can be seen climbing temples, bathing in the river, and scavenging for food throughout the area.

In 1989, a local businessman came up with the idea of organizing an event around the monkeys to bring in tourists and celebrate the town’s most visible natural asset, and the Lopburi Monkey Festival was born. In the 23 years since, it has grown into a major annual event, and this year will provide over 4,000 kg of food for the 3,000 odd monkeys that inhabit the city!

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Agoda.com lays out red carpet deals for the Rome Film Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is lining up great hotel deals in Rome in the leadup for the world famous Rome Film Festival.

First held in 2006, the event has quickly become a major occasion for those working within the film industry as well as those who are merely fans. Directors, producers, writers and stars descend on Rome to celebrate their love of the art, participate in seminars and round-table discussions, and attend world premieres from some of the industry’s leading names.

This year the event will be held from November 8-17 at the magnificent Auditorium Parco della Musica, the world’s most-visited musical facility, and will include the world premiere of 16 feature length films, 12 gala screenings of international and European premiere films. There will also be various programs featuring short films, documentaries, exhibitions, meetings and master classes.

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Wednesday
Sep182013

Agoda.com offers great hotel deals for iconic boat race in French Polynesia

 

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is showcasing a number of indulgent hotels in French Polynesia, the remote and beautiful Pacific Island nation, to celebrate one of the region’s most famous and grueling events – the annual Hawaiki Nui Va’a boat race, which this year will be held from 6 – 8 November.

Polynesian culture is often recognized but seldom celebrated outside of the islands where it originated, and this race is a great opportunity to combine a world-class vacation with a unique sporting event steeped in tradition. Indeed, the sport is borne of the very same activity that led to permanent settlements on these extremely remote islands. Approximately 2,500 miles from both Hawaii and Auckland, New Zealand, early Polynesian settlers arrived here in special outrigger boats – narrow canoes with a stabilizing float on the side – called va’a in the local language.

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Agoda.com prepares great hotel deals to celebrate Nepal’s trekking season

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is offering amazing deals on hotels for hikers, trekkers and adventure seekers in Nepal, one of the most rugged, remote and beautiful countries in the world. The September-November trekking season is a perfect time to go, with cool weather, and generally clear skies.

Trekking in Nepal has become a major part of the country’s economy and its largest source of revenue, so it’s surprising to learn that only a few decades ago it wasn’t even something that existed as an organized activity. In 1965 Jimmy Roberts, a British Colonel and member of the famed and feared Gurkha military unit figured that people might enjoy breathing the crisp, cool air as they trekked across pristine mountain passes in the shadow of some of Earth’s tallest mountains. He devised a system wherein visitors would walk, assisted by Sherpas and support animals that would carry supplies. His idea immediately gained popularity, and visitor numbers have continued to climb ever since – Nepal had almost 600,000 tourist arrivals in 2012.

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Wednesday
Sep042013

Agoda.com presents fantastic hotel deals for an amazing summer trip to Paris

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is providing great deals on hotels in Paris to help celebrate the coming end to Summer, as well as many of the fantastic trade shows, exhibitions and fairs that populate the city during this time.

Paris during peak summer travel time is often uncomfortably hot, but once nearer to the end of the season, it becomes an absolute pleasure to stroll around in. Musicians play on street corners, long hours are spent eating and drinking on patios, and there are festivals, fairs, and events large and small that bring in attendees from all over the world. Below Agoda.com presents a few that are worth checking out.

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