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Agoda Revs Up for the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

BANGKOK, March 17, 2010

Agoda, Asia's global hotel site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com, is revving up for the 2010 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix with special offers that are sure to go fast.

This year's Formula 1 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix is set to transform the sub-tropical terrain of Sepang into a riot of adrenalin and noise as the world's finest drivers roar through the 15-turn circuit from April 2-4. Every year, more than 100,000 fans converge at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) – conveniently located next to Kuala Lumpur's KLIA Airport – to witness one of motorsport’s most prestigious events.

Formula One cars must adhere to strict specifications that regulate dimensions, weight, materials and technology. Each team must design and build its own cars and awards are given to both the winning driver and the winning construction team at each Grand Prix. Since the FIA Formula 1 World Championship's inauguration in 1950, the sport has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2006, the Ferrari team alone had a budget of more than USD 400 million, 50 per cent of which was spent solely on engines.

The Grand Prix's global tour runs from Monaco to Melbourne. Tracks range from street circuits to purpose-built courses, such as the 5.5km SIC in Sepang, one of the best in the world. The SIC's grandstand offers panoramic views of the entire course and race attendees can watch from the open-air Hillstand or from an exclusive full-service corporate box.

"The Malaysia Grand Prix is one of the greatest races on the global F1 circuit and held in one of the region’s most exciting urban centers,’’ said Chief Executive Officer of Agoda, Mr Michael Kenny.

“Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot and one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant cities. Travelers can stroll through traditional markets, visit colorful Peranakan neighborhoods or head to a luxury mall for some high-end retail therapy. Downtown KL’s world-class architecture and the Petronas Towers have to be seen to be believed.”

To make the most of this exciting event and to discover the best of Kuala Lumpur, Agoda has secured some fantastic hotel deals this race season.

Kuala Lumpur Hot F1 Rates

Ancasa Hotel & Spa – 4 Stars
Book a Superior Room or Executive Floor Room for 2 nights and enjoy 15% discount. Normal rate USD 70, Agoda rates from USD 45.

Swiss-Garden Hotel – 4 Stars
Book a Deluxe Room for 2 nights and enjoy 10% discount. Agoda rates from USD 62 per night.

Grand Millennium Hotel – 5 Stars
Stay 4 nights, pay for only 3 nights. Book a Deluxe Room for 3 nights from USD 100 per night and stay 1 night for free.

Eastin Hotel – 4 Stars
Book a Deluxe Room for 1 night from USD 58.

Piccolo Hotel – 4 Stars
Book a Deluxe Room for 2 nights and enjoy 10% discount. Agoda rates from USD 65.

Boulevarde Hotel – 4 Stars
Book a Superior Room and enjoy 10% discount. Agoda rates from USD 64.