Source = agoda.com agoda.com, a leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced the winning hotels of the agoda.com Gold Circle Awards 2011.Each year, agoda.com recognises outstanding hotel partners by presenting them with a Gold Circle Award. The awards, launched in 2009, are unique to agoda.com and are intended to honour hotels that show commitment to providing a superior online product.Winning hotels must meet certain criteria to qualify for an award. First of all, they must have worked closely with agoda.com to offer consistently competitive room rates. They also must have utilised agoda.com’s custom-built YCS 3.0 yield control system to maximise revenue. Finally, they must have earned positive reviews and comments from agoda.com customers.This year, a total of 381 hotels worldwide will receive a Gold Circle Award. The awards themselves sport a sleek new design and will be presented to the winning properties by a local representative of the agoda.com Hotels Team.For some properties, such as the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa, the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa and Lebua at State Tower Hotel in Bangkok, this is a second win. Fourteen properties in total will receive their second agoda.com Gold Circle award this year. Below are this year’s winners for Australia.Mr. Errol Cooke, Director of Hotels – Global at agoda.com, said: “With the Gold Circle Awards in their third year, hotel partners are increasingly recognising them as a mark of excellence in online distribution. This year, we are delighted to award hotels across the globe for their commitment to online revenue management and how well they are making use of all the customisable merchandising and promotional tools available via agoda.com.”Travelers who stay at a Gold Circle Award-winning property are assured excellent service and great value at a fair price.
Gaydon, 15th April 2009. The Aston Martin Rapide has moved into the final stages of its development programme, on course for a public debut in late 2009, with the first customer cars due to be delivered in early 2010.First revealed as the Aston Martin Rapide Concept at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, the Rapide is one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year. As Aston Martin’s first true four-door production sports car, the Rapide encapsulates the core values of the brand within a elegant, high-powered sports grand tourer, with four full-sized seats, generous accommodation and luggage space and trademark Aston Martin performance.Aston Martin Chief Executive, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The Rapide will be the most elegant four-door sports car in the world. It completes the Aston Martin range conveying our established attributes of Power, Beauty and Soul.“In 2010 there will be an Aston Martin for every type of sports car customer regardless of the demands of their lifestyle. The Rapide is the most versatile, bringing a new benchmark of luxury and refinement to both driver and passenger.”The cohesive design language and elegant form of the Rapide ensure it is a perfect complement to the other cars in Aston Martin’s line-up. From the outset, the Rapide was designed with no aesthetic compromise. “We wanted to make the most beautiful four-door sports car in the world,” Aston Martin’s Director of Design Marek Reichman stated when the concept was first shown.The Rapide will offer performance purity and the same level of sporting ability as all modern Aston Martins. Powered by a version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 470bhp and 600Nm of torque and, hand built at the company’s engine facility in Cologne, the Rapide’s rear wheels are driven through a highly responsive Touchtronic gearbox. Performance figures have yet to be revealed, although early indications are that the Rapide will offer class-leading performance and dynamics, alongside new levels of refinement and luxury.The Rapide will be built at a new production facility in Graz, Austria managed by the acclaimed vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr and co-ordinated by a fully integrated Aston Martin team from the UK. The new production facility is closely modelled on the Gaydon factory and will combine a sophisticated modern production line with the Aston Martin traditional hand-finishing skills, a proud blend of craft processes and attention to detail. The interior will further develop Aston Martin’s skilful use of genuine high quality materials, applied appropriately and effectively to ensure that form always follows function.www.astonmartinmedia.com.