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Agoda.com gets ready for a Scottish New Year with hotel deals in Edinburgh

Agoda.com gets ready for a Scottish New Year with hotel deals in Edinburgh (Forimmediaterelease.net) SINGAPORE – Agoda.com, leading hotel booking site in Asia and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is providing superb hotel deals in Edinburgh, Scotland for Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year and one of the biggest celebrations in the historic capital in Scotland.

The origins of Hogmanay are not clear, but it was likely influenced by a combination of Gaelic, Viking, Norse, and even Roman traditions. Many Scots consider Hogmanay even more important than Christmas, as the traditional celebration of the birth of Jesus was officially banned in 1640, allowing the New Year celebrations to become the main winter solstice event in Scottish culture. Indeed, Christmas Day only became an official public holiday again in 1958.

Today, Hogmanay is a key part of the larger year-end celebrations that begin in mid-November and go right through to the first week of January, but the main Hogmanay celebrations of Edinburgh this year last from December 30 to January 1.

Kicking off with the Torchlight Procession at 7pm, over 7,500 torchbearers and 20,000 participants will march from George IV Bridge through the city center, accompanied by massed bagpipes and drums, capped by a spectacular finale of fireworks and music. The following night – the Eve of the New Year – will see the world famous Street Party, offering three stages of entertainment, including Django, Chvrches, The Rezillos, King Creosote, Treacherous Orchestra and Fiddlers Bid. If techno music sounds more interesting, head to Rewinder to catch performances from DJ Swiss and VJs Buttercup&Pixel, and if traditional Scottish music sounds like a better fit, visit The Keilidh at Mound Precinct on Princes Street for an outdoor performance that will go until the wee hours.

And if the energy is still there on the first day of the New Year, join the Queensferry Loony Dook, an annual event that starts with a parade and finishes at the River Forth as thousands plunge into the freezing water to help raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which has saved 140,000 lives at sea since 1824.

If ringing in the New Year as the Scots do sounds appealing, there is no better place to do it than in Edinburgh, and no better way to make it a memorable trip than fantastic hotel deals with Agoda.com.

For more information, visit the official site of the Hogmanay here: www.edinburghshogmanay.org

Caledonian Waldorf 5*
Special Agoda.com price of $219 - 33% off the regular price. Book after December 16, 2013. Expires January 6, 2014.
www.agoda.com/the-caledonian-a-waldorf-astoria-hotel/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

The Scotsman 5*
Late check-in special! Book 2 days or less before the check-in date and save 10%! Expires January 31, 2014.
www.agoda.com/the-scotsman-hotel/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Hotel Missoni 5*
Stay for a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy 15% off. Expires March 31, 2014.
www.agoda.com/hotel-missoni/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Radisson Blu Edinburgh 4*
Stay for a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy 10% off. Expires March 31, 2014.
www.agoda.com/radisson-blu-edinburgh/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

The George Hotel 4*
Stay for a minimum of 2 nights and enjoy 20% off. Expires April 20, 2014.
www.agoda.com/the-george-hotel/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Princes Street Suites 4*
Stay for at least 3 nights and enjoy 15% off. Expires February 28, 2014.
www.agoda.com/princes-street-suites/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Apex Waterloo Place 4*
Stay for at least 3 nights and enjoy 25% off. Expires February 28, 2014.
www.agoda.com/apex-waterloo-place-hotel/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Stay Edinburgh City Apartments 5*
Stay for a minimum of 5 nights and enjoy a 5% discount. Expires February 28, 2014.
www.agoda.com/stay-edinburgh-city-apartments-royal-mile/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

Albany Ballantrae 4*
Stay a minimum of 3 nights and enjoy 10% off. Expires January 31, 2014.
www.agoda.com/albany-ballantrae-hotel/hotel/edinburgh-gb.html

To connect with Agoda.com for special deals on hotels worldwide, please visit www.agoda.com. Like Agoda.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/agoda or follow Agoda.com on Google+ at http://plus.google.com/+agoda

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Jorgensen, pr@agoda.com , PR Coordinator, Tel: +66 (0) 2 625 9200

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