Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:46 AM December 15, 2013
AGODA.COM, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of NASDAQ-listed Priceline Group, announced the recipients of its prestigious 2013 Gold Circle Awards (GCA), given to hotels that exemplify the best qualities of the online hospitality industry.
A total of 42 hotels in the Philippines received the Agoda.com GCA distinction this year, an increase of seven from 2012’s 35 hotels. This year’s top three destinations come from major tourist spots: 15 from Manila, 10 from Boracay Island and eight from Cebu. Other destinations that made it to the list are Tagaytay, Batangas, Bohol and Palawan.
Now on 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.
Recipients of the GCA 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, consistently competitive pricing and for showing an understanding of the complex business dynamics that define the online hotel industry.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Errol Cooke, vice president of global hotels at Agoda.com, said: “The Gold Circle Awards are an established indicator of industry excellence and recognize a commitment to ensuring that online booking offers the fastest, easiest way to book accommodation worldwide. We are delighted to give these awards to our hotel partners to close out a fantastic 2013 and eagerly look forward to expanding our relationship in the future.”
The 42 winners from the Philippines are listed below, with the full global list of 661 winners available in the Agoda.com website.
The 2013 Gold Circle Award winners from the Philippines are: