In mid-March this year (2016), we received an email from #TripAdvisor:
Congratulations again on being in the top 1% of hotels to win a Travellers’ Choice Award.
Were we surprised? Yes and No.
YES, WE WERE SLIGHTLY SURPRISED.
Why? Because we are in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Ipoh is a little city or a big town, depending on your perspective. Its population is 750,000 and that’s being generous. It’s not quite a scrofulous place but to many, a leisurely family kind of city.
Which is why #TheHaven Ipoh is a family luxury hotel… but that’s another story.
NO, WE WERE NOT SURPRISED AT ALL. Why should we be surprised?
We are an international hotel. But we are more than that.
Look at the description of #TheHaven Ipoh on our Twitter page:
The Haven is a luxury hotel and lakeside eco residence in Ipoh, set naturally by limestone hill, forest and lake, and is Malaysia’s finest.
We could go on and on…
More salient at this point is the meaning of this Award.
TripAdvisor Recognizes the World’s Best Destinations With Travelers’ Choice Awards
3-21-16 10:30 AM EDT
NEEDHAM, Mass., March 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TripAdvisor®, the travel planning and booking site, today announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor.
“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those planning a summer vacation, now is a great time to plan a trip to one of these popular destinations where hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $200 per night from June through August.”
TripAdvisor has also identified top-rated hotels as well as popular tours, iconic attractions and upcoming events to offer travelers more insights about great things to discover in these award-winning destinations.
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site**, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million unique monthly visitors***, and 320 million reviews and opinions covering 6.2 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.