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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.

agoda.com Celebrates Thai New Year With Super Special Songkran Rates

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), celebrates Songkran 2011 with great rates across all of Thailand.

Thai New Year – Songkran – is Thailand’s biggest celebration. Every year, Songkran takes place over a three-day national holiday, with festivities lasting several days in some cities. Songkran’s defining feature is ‘water play’. In Thai Buddhist tradition, water poured over the hands is part of a cleansing ritual – for Songkran, this solemn blessing is transformed into boisterous, fun-filled water fights. Super-soakers and buckets increase the intensity, with iced water often used for fuel and dousings followed by a blast of chalk powder.

Travelers visiting Thailand during Songkran can experience the country at its most exuberant. Bangkok traffic eases as workers take time off and Silom Road and Khao San Road are blocked off for music, dancing and water play. All of Bangkok’s major malls stay open, although smaller restaurants and street stalls may close for the three-day period (April 13 to 15).

agoda.com and Toga Hospitality Form Partnership

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced a partnership with Australian hotel group, Toga Hospitality. Under the partnership, Toga Hospitality’s four brands – Adina, Medina, Vibe and Travelodge – will join Agoda.com’s inventory of more than 160,000 hotels, distributed worldwide to a loyal member base of more than 2.5 million.

Toga Hospitality has properties in major cities across Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Via Agoda.com, customers can book these properties in their choice of 32 different languages, including Chinese traditional and simplified, Japanese, Korean, Bahasa Malay, Bahasa Indonesia, and Thai.

agoda.com Urges Canton Fair delegates to Book Their Hotel Soon!

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc., has secured a selection of great-value promotional rates at hotels in Guangzhou to coincide with the 109th Canton Fair.

Staged at the China Import and Export Complex in the Pazhou Exhibition Center area of Guangzhou, the 109th Canton Fair Spring Session runs in three phases between April 15 and May 5, 2011. The Fair exhibits a vast array of products ranging from industrial machinery and building materials to consumer goods like gifts, clothing and home decorations.

agoda.com Celebrates the Royal Wedding with Lovely London Rates

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc., today announces special London hotel promotions to celebrate the wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.

With the date set for April 29, 2011, the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is cause for much excitement across the British Commonwealth, particularly in the United Kingdom. To best allow Britons to celebrate, the day has been declared a bank holiday and pubs are allowed to stay open until 1am – an hour later than licensing laws usually permit. Prime Minister David Cameron commented, “We want to mark the day as one of national celebration – a public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day.”