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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Wednesday
Aug212013

Agoda.com highlights top hotels for Munich’s Oktoberfest

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is getting ready to lift a glass in celebration of the world’s largest fair – the yearly celebration of Oktoberfest, held for 16 days every October in Munich, Germany. This year the festival will be held from September 21 to October 6.

The image of Oktoberfest around the world is one of smiling girls in traditional German Dirndl dresses, holding a 10 or 12 giant mugs of beer. While this is definitely a big part of celebrating with the locals, the festival has come to encompass so much more in its 203-year history.  In 1810, Munich citizens were invited to a giant field to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The celebrations were held on Theresa’s Meadow – Theresienwiese in German. Both the name and the tradition stuck, and today the celebration is known to locals simply as die Wiesn.

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Wednesday
Aug212013

Agoda.com pinpoints 10 hotels with easy access to Mt. Fuji

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is helping travelers to Japan realize one of the most coveted views in the whole country with 10 hotels perfectly located to reward guests with breathtaking vistas of Mount Fuji, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June.

Long considered a sacred home to ancient spirits and a source of great power, Fuji-san, as it is known to locals, is a nearly perfectly symmetrical cone that rises gently out of the surrounding plain. For centuries artists have been reproducing its distinctive shape in every medium imaginable, a practice that boomed when Edo – now Tokyo, and only 100km away – was named the capital in 1600. Indeed, most people are probably familiar with the 19th-century woodblock print titled The Great Wave off Kanagawa, part of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series by famed artist Katsushika Hokusai. The print shows a massive wave towering over several small boats, with Mount Fuji standing silently far in the background.

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Wednesday
Aug142013

Agoda.com winds up hotel deals in Hong Kong to celebrate world famous exhibitions on gems, jewellery and watches

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is calling fans of jewellry, gems and timepieces to Hong Kong for two events that represent the very best of these specialized industries – the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, and the First Asia Haute Horlogerie Exhibition.

Held this year from 11-15 September, the Jewellery & Gem Fair is the world’s number one jewellery event, hosting over 50,000 buyers from around the world who come to inspect the wares of over 3,500 exhibitors displaying a huge variety of jewellery, gemstones, equipment and services.

In fact, the event is so big that it must be held in two venues – the AsiaWorld-Expo and the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre – offering a total of 135,000 sq.m of exhibition space. Attendees can browse an unprecedented range of products, talk with exhibitors from 22 countries, and visit the 16,000sq.m diamond pavilion, assembled under the banner of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Israel Diamond Institute.

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Wednesday
Aug142013

Agoda.com customer survey reveals Asia’s best airports

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has released a list of Asia’s best airports as ranked by customers who flew into its largest cities.

Airports are fascinating structures, and require a level of planning and design not unlike a small city. In this regard, a customer’s perception of whether an airport is “good” or not depends on many factors: signage, food selection, facilities for the disabled, ease of movement, rest options and even how many bathrooms there are.

Failure to plan correctly can result in expensive delays, such as when Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 5 opened in 2008 and had to content with dozens of cancelled flights and thousands of stranded passengers on its first day. Similarly, Denver Airport’s cutting-edge baggage system turned out to be a failure, costing the airport USD $1 million per month in maintenance costs until it was ultimately abandoned. When it comes to airports, details matter.

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Wednesday
Aug072013

Agoda.com and Scoot join to offer easy hotel booking 

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced a partnership with budget airline Scoot that will allow customers to book hotels at their destination without ever leaving the Scoot website.

Billed as an airline “for the young, the young-at-heart and the value seeking,” Scoot is the low-cost arm of famed Singapore Airlines that offers its guests great value airfares and empowerment to choose the frills and services they want without subsidizing the choices of others. Launched in November 2011, the company has carved out a niche for itself based on “Scootitude”, a term coined to describe the unique attitude of the young airline to be different, engaging and fun-loving.

Now, customers who visit www.flyscoot.com/hotels can browse thousands of hotels from Agoda.com’s inventory and book rooms worldwide, taking advantage of Agoda.com’s Lowest Price Guarantee.

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Wednesday
Jul312013

Agoda.com prepares festive deals in London for the Notting Hill Carnival

Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is celebrating the arrival of the annual Notting Hill Carnival with budget-saving deals on hotels in London’s celebrated Notting Hill neighborhood. This year the celebration takes place on August 25 and 26.

Widely known for its historical architecture, fashionable stores and trendy restaurants, it’s sometimes hard to believe that Notting Hill was once known as “the Piggies,” due to the high number of pig farms in the area. However, in the mid-1800s it began the slow transformation into a residential neighborhood for the expanding city, and soon became home to a large population of Caribbean immigrants, whose rich culture helped shape its development. The mid- 20th century was not so kind, however, as the area became known for widespread crime and slum conditions, but in the decades since then it has grown and evolved into a chic and upscale residential destination.

The carnival that takes its name from the area began in 1959, when a woman named Claudia Jones organized an indoor celebration as a positive counterweight to recent riots and to encourage community spirit. The party caught on, and was soon being held annually, reflecting the Caribbean culture, art and character that the area is rooted in.

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