Malaysia emerges top five for Agoda Gold Circle Awards

Kuala Lumpur, 9 December 2022 – Digital Travel Platform, Agoda, has today announced the winners of its coveted 14th annual Agoda Gold Circle Awards (GCA) with Malaysia emerging in the top five winning countries. With travel markets opening up to international travel worldwide, this year’s Gold Circle Awards have been presented to more than 2000 properties in 41 markets.

Every year, the awards are presented to properties who have proven their place among the best, providing excellent value, pricing, service excellence and flexibility to guests. These hotels have worked proactively with Agoda to meet the constantly evolving opportunities open to partners and have not only set new benchmarks for themselves but also for the industry. Malaysia made it to number five with 174 noteworthy properties that did not fail to impress.

“Year on year, The Gold Circle Awards have given Agoda the chance to recognise partners who are expanding the boundaries of service and hospitality and also collectively move the industry forward in catering to evolving customer demands. In its 14th year, The Gold Circle Awards also continues the tradition of helping Agoda teams globally to evaluate changing industry dynamics, create improved products and services, and better drive our innovation practices,” said Liyana Jamil, Vice President of Partner Services, Agoda. 

Aside from Malaysia, Thailand retained its top spot for the fourth consecutive year, with Taiwan soaring to the second spot followed by Japan. Meanwhile, India entered the Top 10 list for the first time while South Korea, United States, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam retained their spots in the top ten rankings.

In addition, China recorded the highest number of properties that won awards for four consecutive years, followed by Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Maldives, Vietnam, Indonesia, and South Korea.

Winners will be featured on Agoda’s dedicated landing page (between 1-31 December 2022) and honored with a digital Gold Circle Award badge, along with Agoda Growth Express (AGX) credits – a special credit to boost marketing on the website. In an ongoing partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Agoda has made a donation to plant 5,000 trees on behalf of all GCA winners worldwide. This is a continuation of an idea that started two years ago to replace plastic gifts and raise awareness on environmental issues. 

Ranking of top 10 winning countries:

1.  Thailand – 246 properties

2.  Taiwan – 209 properties

3.  Japan – 198 properties

4.  South Korea – 186 properties

5.  Malaysia – 174 properties

6.  United States – 154 properties

7.  Indonesia – 123 properties

8.  Philippines – 107 properties

9.  India – 95 properties

10. Vietnam – 90 properties Download the complete list of winners here.

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