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Agoda.com readies hotel specials for Melbourne’s iconic Spring Racing Carnival

SINGAPORE (5 August, 2015)

Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has collected a list of 10 hotels offering discounts of up to 20% for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the annual Thoroughbred horse race that sees Australia’s “Second City” come alive with entertainment, fashion, and social events.

The races this year will take place throughout September, October, and November, featuring some of the top-ranked mounts and jockeys in the world. The Carnival is actually comprised of five smaller carnivals, each of them hosting several races. The Caulfield Spring Carnival is followed by the Geelong Carnival, both taking place in Melbourne. After that the action moves outside of the city to Moonee Valley, followed by the Flemington Carnival, the most prestigious – and well-attended – race of the tournament. The official end of the competition is the Sandown Carnival, held in Melbourne’s lush suburbs.

It’s hard overstate the importance of the races to those unfamiliar with them. If it’s any indication, the event’s well-deserved nickname is the race that stops a nation. Indeed, in 2007 limits were placed on attendance numbers, with a maximum of 120,000 fans allowed. Australians also get in on the action – one estimate said that up to 80% of the country’s adults placed a bet in 2000.

But even if horse racing isn’t your thing, the Spring Racing Carnival is still a thrilling time to be in Melbourne. The city’s selection of arts, entertainment, and social activities never fails to impress and all of the city’s most popular venues will be ready to wine, dine, and regale. There is also the famous Fashion on the Field fashion show at Flemington, an iconic competition that draws celebrity judges from around the world.

To help make a visit to Melbourne during the Spring Racing Carnival as stress-free as possible, Agoda.com has collected a list of 10 hotels with special prices for out of town guests. Which you can see below.

Pegasus Apartment Hotel, 4*
Enjoy 20% off your stay. Must stay from 18 September - 31 October, 2015.

Citadines on Bourke Melbourne, 4.5*
Book 30 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Must stay from 1 October – 15 January, 2015.

Stamford Plaza Melbourne, 5*
Book 30 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Expires 30 November, 2015.

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne, 4.5*
Stay for at least two nights and enjoy 15% off. Expires 30 November, 2015.

Travelodge Southbank Hotel, 4*
Book 30 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Expires 30 November, 2015.

Rydges Melbourne, 4.5*
Stay for at least 2 nights and enjoy 10% off. Expires 30 November, 2015.

Somerset on Elizabeth, 4.5*
Book 30 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Expires 15 January, 2016.

Travelodge Docklands, 4*
Book 30 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Expires 30 November, 2015.

Bayview Eden Hotel, 4*
Book 30 days in advance for at least two nights and enjoy 12% off. Must stay from 1 September – 31 December, 2015.

Pensione Hotel Melbourne- by 8Hotels, 4*
Stay for at least two nights and enjoy 20% off. Must stay from 3 October – 31 March, 2016.

For more information about the Carnival, visit http://www.racing.com/

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