TripAdvisor Announces Asia’s Best Hotels with 2012 Travellers’ Choice Awards

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SINGAPORE, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ —

Top Properties in Asia Named for Best Luxury and Bargain, Best for Service, B&Bs and Inns, All-Inclusive, Spa and Trendiest Categories

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP), the world’s largest travel site*, has announced the winners of its 2012 Travellers’ Choice(R) awards. The 10th annual awards revealed premier properties all over the world, in addition to winners in the categories of Best Luxury and Bargain, Best for Service, B&Bs and Inns, All-Inclusive, Spa and Trendiest. In total, 3,943 properties globally have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featuring 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travellers around the world.

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This is TripAdvisor’s biggest awards ever with expanded categories from “Top 10” to “Top 25” winners, providing more inspiration for travellers seeking remarkable properties around the world. Within Asia, properties from 16 countries have been recognized by TripAdvisor travellers.

“TripAdvisor is incredibly proud to announce its Travellers’ Choice award-winning hotels for the tenth year,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “We’re also thrilled to grow our awards with winner lists for twice as many markets globally this year, as we continue our mission to help more travellers around the world plan and have the perfect trip.”

Notes to Editors:

Awards selection:

The winners are based on the more than 60 million reviews and opinions from travellers on TripAdvisor, including traveller ratings for specific categories. Reviews and opinions were analysed using an algorithm similar to that used by TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index taking into account the property’s quality overall and for a particular category, according to traveller reviews and opinions, as well as the quantity and recency of content written on TripAdvisor.

Select 2012 Winners

Best Hotel in Asia – Taj Lake Palace Udaipur – Udaipur, India
Best Luxury (4&5 star) Hotel in the World and in Asia – Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan
Best Bargain in the World and Asia – HueNino Hotel – Hue, Vietnam
Best for Service in the Asia – Pavillon d’Orient Boutique-Hotel – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Best B&B and Inn in Asia – Saubhag Bed and Breakfast – New Delhi, India
Best All-Inclusive in Asia – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Emboodhu Finolhu, Maldives
Best Relaxation and Spa in Asia – Desa Seni A Village Resort – Canggu, Indonesia
Trendiest Hotel in Asia – Quincy Hotel – Singapore

Top 25 Asia Hotels

1. Taj Lake Palace Udaipur – Udaipur, India
2. Cocoa Island Resort – South Male Atoll, Maldives
3. Layana Resort and Spa – Ko Lanta, Thailand
4. Constance Moofushi Resort – South Ari Atoll, Maldives
5. Casa del Mar – Langkawi, Malaysia
6. Amazing Ngapali Resort – Ngapali, Myanmar
7. Soneva Gili by Six Senses – North Male Atoll, Maldives
8. Sojourn Boutique Villas – Siem Reap, Cambodia
9. Baros Maldives – North Male Atoll, Maldives
10. La Residence d’Angkor by Orient-Express – Siem Reap, Cambodia
11. Orange County Kabini – Mysore, India
12. Komaneka at Tanggayuda – Ubud, Indonesia
13. Nihiwatu – Sumba, Indonesia
14. Hansar Bangkok – Bangkok Thailand
15. Fairmont Beijing – Beijing, China
16. Jamahal Private Resort & SPA – Bali, Indonesia
17. Veligandu Island Resort – North Ari Atoll, Maldives
18. Siripanna Grand Resort & Villa – Chiang Mai, Thailand
19. Sandalwood Luxury Villas – Koh Samui, Thailand
20. Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai, Thailand
21. The Samaya Bali – Bali, Indonesia
22. Mandarin Oriental – Hong Kong, China
23. Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa – Bophut, Thailand
24. La Residence Phou Vao by Orient-Express – Luang Prabang, Laos
25. Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa – Chiang Mai, Thailand

For the complete list of TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice winners, more reviews, opinions and candid holiday photographs, go to http://www.tripadvisor.co.id/TravelersChoice .

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor(R) is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 18 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 65 million unique monthly visitors**. TripAdvisor’s travel media brands include: www.airfarewatchdog.com , www.bookingbuddy.com , www.cruisecritic.com , www.familyvacationcritic.com , www.flipkey.com , www.holidaylettings.co.uk , www.independenttraveler.com , www.onetime.com , www.seatguru.com , www.sniqueaway.com , www.smartertravel.com , www.travelpod.com , www.virtualtourist.com , and www.kuxun.cn .

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2011
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Inc. and its subsidiaries, Worldwide, August 2011

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