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Third Consumer Survey Launched to Find Best Hotels & Resort in Asia


Nominate and vote for your favorite hotel and resort in Asia for them to be included in the third edition of Asia's Best Hotels & Resorts brought to you by HotelClub, CNN International and Insight Guides.

Sydney, Australia, December 16, 2006 --(PR.com)-- Leading online accommodation provider, HotelClub (www.HotelClub.com/hotel.reservations/) in conjunction with CNN International, is calling for entries to nominate Asia’s best hotels and resorts in the third annual consumer survey. Anyone can nominate their favourite three hotels or resorts across the Asian region from today until 31 December 2006.

To nominate you favourite hotel please log on to: www.HotelClub.com/asia/ .   Nominations can be for small and unique properties through to 5 star resorts – it is truly the customer’s choice! Hotels and resorts are voted on the following criteria and scored out of 10 (with 10 equalling the best): ambience, family friendliness, rooms, restaurant facilities, cleanliness, business facilities, location, leisure facilities, staff attitude and value for money.

By entering, there is a chance to win one million WorldPerks Bonus Miles courtesy of Northwest Airlines, hotel stays from HotelClub, free car hire from webcarhire.com, VIP Airport Lunge access supplied by Priority Pass, Music Download subscriptions from Naxos plus there are hundreds of weekly prizes to be given away once an entry is completed! With over 70,000 hotels & resorts to chose from in the region, get voting now to make sure you favourite hotel is included!

Everyone from around the world will have the chance to vote in this unique program. The nominations will be used to select the best of the best in the third edition of  ‘Asia’s Best Hotels & Resorts,’ which will be published in mid 2007 in conjunction with leading travel publisher Insight Guides. The guide will be the third in the series and will continue the highly successful ‘Best Hotels & Resorts’ series.

In 2002, the first edition of the survey was conducted and 3,813 hotels received nominations from 42,000 votes. From those nominated hotels 300 were shortlisted (from 21 countries) to appear in the first edition of ‘Asia’s Best Hotels and Resorts’ Guidebook.  In the 2004 survey, over 3,700 hotels & resorts were nominated from 64,000 votes which saw the 2nd edition of Asia’s Best Hotels & Resorts Guidebook published with 400 hotels & resorts from 22 countries being featured.

Over 90 million* international arrivals have visited over 33 destinations within Asian region up to 14 June 2006. With its unique culture, attitude to service and the indulgence offered by spa resorts, it is clear why Asia is becoming a love affair with international traveller.

“A hotel’s ultimate critic is its guests – someone who has sampled the food, tried the beds and been served by the staff,” said Chloe Lim, Director of Sales and Marketing, HotelClub. “This survey allows us the find out which hotels are the best so we can continue to meet travellers needs on our website.”

Other supporters of the survey include OctopusTravel.com, Insight Guides, Priority Pass and Naxos.

HotelClub offers over to 21,000 hotel accommodation choices in 2,500 cities and 109 countries worldwide. HotelClub has over 1.4 million consumer reviews that provide independent advice on each hotel.   

The Search for Asia’s Best Hotels and Resorts is proudly brought to you by HotelClub, CNN and Northwest Airlines in association with RatesToGo.com, AsiaHotels.com, OctopusTravel.com, Insight Guides, Priority Pass, WebCarHire.com and Naxos.

*Source: http://www.pata.org/patasite/index.php?id=111 accessed on 11.10.2006

For further information please contact:
Chloe Lim
Director of Global Marketing
Flairview Travel
Tel: +61 2 8263 5106
Fax: +61 2 9264 0559
Email: chloe.lim@flairview.com

About HotelClub
HotelClub (www.HotelClub.com) is a global accommodation specialist website offering hotel bookings for up to 12 months in advance.  It offers users the choice of over 21,000 hotels – at savings of up to 60% – in 109 countries and 2,500 cities worldwide. HotelClub is available in ten languages – Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. HotelClub is a truly global website offering its customers access through country specific sites in 10 countries including HotelClub.com, HotelClub.com.au, HotelClub.de, HotelClub.fr, HotelClub.it, HotelClub.es and HotelClub.co.uk. HotelClub, is operated by Flairview Travel, a Travelport Inc. brand. Travelport is one of the largest and most geographically diverse travel companies, dedicated to creating the exceptional travel experiences the world demands.

About CNN
CNN is the world's leading global 24-hour news network and one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. The CNN brand is available to one billion people via 25 CNN branded TV, internet and mobile services produced by CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System Inc and a Time Warner company. CNN International is the international directorate of CNN Worldwide and distributes news via 14 services in seven different languages. CNN International can be seen in more than 198 million television households and hotel rooms in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, including more than 30 million across the Asia Pacific region and online at www.cnn.com/international.

About Insight Guides
Insight Guides are the world's largest collection of visual travel guides with over 450 titles available in 4 different series. Insight Guides are renowned for their photography, which sets them apart from other guidebooks in the market as they appeal equally to both dedicated tourists as well as armchair readers. Insight Guides cover the world’s leading destinations and provide both fascinating background reading and essential on-the-spot reference to all aspects of a destination. Insight Guides are distinctive because they are written by local specialists for the independent traveller; this unique local knowledge combined with in-depth treatment of history, culture and places appeals to travellers who want both a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide and an enriching travel experience.

To find out further information about their range of Insight Guides log on to www.insightguides.com

About the Survey Partners

About webcarhire.com
Search for car hire in 52 countries at over 4000 locations.  At webcarhire.com you can search, compare and immediately confirm your reservation at outstanding rates worldwide. You can compare prices from global car hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, National, Alamo and Thrifty and select from national and international locations. Webcarhire.com is available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

About Naxos
Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label, has been providing classical music lovers with quality recordings for almost two decades. Naxos’ comprehensive collection of over 25,000 titles of unduplicated repertoire is recorded in state-of-the art sound and available at consumer-friendly prices.

About Priority Pass
Priority Pass was launched in 1992 with the objective of providing frequent travelers with airport lounge access, irrespective of their class of travel, airline flown or existing membership in an airline loyalty program. In just 14 years they have become the world's largest independent airport lounge access program. In 2006, Priority Pass works with over 500 lounges in 275 cities in over 90 countries in every continent of the world. More than million people carry a Priority Pass card whenever they travel and every year many thousands more enjoy the benefits that the Priority Pass card brings to them.

About OctopusTravel.com
OctopusTravel.com operates from a network of 27 offices around the world.  It shows real-time availability and confirmations in 34 different languages for a huge inventory of 21,000 hotels and 3,000 apartments in 3,300 cities in 129 countries.  Accommodation ranges from budget to five star deluxe.  Other services include more than 300 extensive city and country travel guides that can be downloaded, sightseeing and private transfers and car hire.  The company is part of Travelport, one of the world’s largest and most geographically diverse travel companies with a network of over 8,000 local travel professionals working in more than 140 countries.

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HotelClub
Ms Chloe Lim
+612 8263 5106
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http://www.hotelclub.com/hotel.reservations/

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