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Agoda.com Offers Special Hotel Deals For Computex Taipei 2011

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), has secured special hotel rates in time for the Taipei International Technology Show 2011, better known as ‘Computex’.

Computex is the largest computer fair in Asia – the second-largest in the world after Germany’s CeBIT. Now in its 31st year, the expo takes place from May 31 to June 4 across four different exhibition halls in the Taipei World Trade Center and the Taipei International Convention Center.

Approximately 36,000 buyers are expected to attend the event to see the latest technologies and gadgets on display from hundreds of companies, including major Taiwan-based manufacturers Acer Inc., ASUStek, BenQ Corporation, and Foxconn Technology Group.

agoda.com Launches Fashionable Hotel Deals For the Great Singapore Sale

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), is encouraging shoppers to bag a deal at the Great Singapore Sale. To make sure travelers can shop and stay in style, Agoda.com has secured some fantastic rates for the duration of the sale.

Running from May 27 to July 24, the Great Singapore Sale is an annual event that turns the tropical city-state into a shopping extravaganza. Across the city, participating retailers serve up discounts of up to 70 percent on everything from high-tech electronics to the latest fashions – even spa and beauty treatments go on sale.

There’s something for every type of shopper, the event stretching from the mega malls of Orchard Road to the hip boutiques of Bugis Street. Visitors can not only snap up savings, they can take in some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks along the way. Must-see attractions like the Merlion, the durian-shaped Esplanade building, and the sleek Marina Bay Sands provide fascinating diversions between shopping sessions, with arts, entertainment, and great dining at hand around the clock.

agoda.com Bangs the Drum For Taipei’s Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of the Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), is drumming up excitement ahead of next month’s Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan.

The Dragonboat Festival, or ‘Duanwu Festival’, is a highlight of Taiwan’s cultural events calendar. Held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, this spectacular gala of dragon boat races never fails to attract huge crowds of tourists and locals.

This year’s festival falls on June 6 and, as always, commemorates Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was a poet and statesman from the Kingdom of Chu during China’s era of the Warring States period, circa 300 BC. This patriotic lyricist became a national hero when he jumped into the Miluo River, distraught after hearing of the fall of Chu’s capital city to a rival Qin army.

agoda.com Launches Express Connect 2.0 For Easy Automatic Hotel Sign-Up

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc., today announced the launch of Express Connect 2.0 – a free hotel sign-up tool that allows hoteliers to quickly and easily start distributing their property’s reservations through Agoda.com.

Using Express Connect 2.0, hoteliers who wish to partner with Agoda.com can set up a hotel page in a matter of minutes. Guided through the process step-by-step, hotel owners upload property information, rates, promotions, and photos, with the ability to save their progress at any stage to finish later.

agoda.com Spotlights the Vientianale International Film Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq:PCLN), today announced special rates for Vientiane hotels to coincide with the 2011 Vientianale International Film Festival.

Held from May 12 to 15, the 2nd Vientianale International Film Festival showcases the best filmmaking talent from Lao PDR. With the theme of ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, the event features submissions by local and international filmmakers of all levels, to be screened over the course of four evenings.

Vientianale launched in 2009, featuring more than 20 locally produced short films and a selection of international productions. This year, the festival will feature shorts, documentaries, children’s films, and full-length movies in three prize categories: Open Entry, Short Film and Rising Star.

agoda.com Highlights a World of May Specials

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq:PCLN), today announced hotel promotions to tie in with some special events during May.

May is a good time to travel for a variety of reasons. For many destinations, May falls in the shoulder period when seasons are changing and the weather is temperate. Across Europe and the northern hemisphere the days are warm, while in Australia and New Zealand the autumn brings crisp, clear days that are perfect for sightseeing.

During May, hotels in many destinations also drop their room prices. Rates generally ease from their peak season highs and travelers booking early can find significantly reduced rates. For those considering a May vacation, here are some more great reasons to get traveling.

agoda.com Giveaways at the Travel Channel Thailand Launch Party

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq:PCLN), recently took part in the Travel Channel Thailand launch party staged in Bangkok at Siam Paragon’s Fashion Hall.

Onlookers watched down from Paragon’s upper levels to catch a glimpse of the celebrities in attendance at the March 15 grand opening event. The launch was a star-studded occasion that included a special performance by the Sincharoen Brothers and interviews with musician/producer Joey Boy and actress Nicole Terio.

agoda.com Gets into the Party Spirit For Seville April Fair

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq:PCLN), today announced special hotel deals for Feria de abril de Sevilla, held in the stunning Andalusian capital of Seville.

The Feria de abril de Sevilla, or Seville April Fair, takes place two weeks after Easter Holy Week and is one of Spain’s most famous events. In contrast to the solemn processions of Holy Week, Seville April Fair (May 1-8) fosters an exuberant party atmosphere, showcasing the region’s proudest and most exciting traditions.

In the week-long celebration, the Paseo de Caballos fairground on the eastern side of the Guadalquivir River hosts more than a thousand casetas (marquees). These casetas belong to high-profile families, companies and clubs – each with its own entertainment program of drinking, dining and dancing. The nightly events include the performances of sevillanas, a spirited Andalusian folk dance with similarities to flamenco.

agoda.com Offers Last-Minute Deals For Qingming Festival

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN), today announced last-minute hotel specials for Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau and Beijing, just in time for Qingming Festival.

A Chinese tradition stretching back more than 2000 years, Qingming is held to venerate departed ancestors. A national holiday in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Mainland China, Qingming (pronounced ching ming) is when families visit their ancestors’ graves to pay respect, tidy gravesites and make offerings of flowers, food and spirit money. For this reason it is also known as ‘Tomb-Sweeping Day’.

This year, Qingming falls on April 5. The festival occurs 15 days after the spring equinox and coincides with the coming of warmer weather. The name ‘qing ming’ – clear and bright – refers to sunny spring days, with the festival’s customs closely tied to the warmer weather. After visiting ancestors’ tombs, people often go on countryside walks, plant trees or fly kites. One older Chinese tradition is to serve only cold, uncooked dishes on Qingming day, earning it the additional name ‘Cold Food Day’.

agoda.com Celebrates Easter Diversity with Worldwide Hotel Deals

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), today released special Easter holiday rates in several worldwide destinations.

Around the world, Easter traditions take on many forms. Though Easter derives from Christian scripture, the holiday that surrounds it is celebrated both by Christians and non-Christians in a wide variety of ways.

In many places, Easter is as intertwined with chocolate and hot cross buns as it is religion. In Australia, the Easter holidays coincide with the country’s largest agricultural show. In Rome, the Pope leads several ‘Holy Week’ masses, and in the Philippines, Catholic devotees fast and enact crucifixions.