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Official Hotel Guide Releases Its List of the World's Top Hotels


OFFICIAL HOTEL GUIDE RELEASES Its LIST OF THE WORLD'S TOP HOTELS

In its 38th year, Official Hotel Guide, the world's most influential hotel source for travel professionals, has released its annual list of the world's top hotels.

OHG ranks more than 29,000 hotels in 10 categories. 101 hotels were awarded "Superior Deluxe" status, designating them as offering a level of service, facilities, style and amenities clearly above any others.

"There are any number of hotel rating systems out there," says Marie Mason, Publisher of OHG. "But no single source evaluates so many hotels worldwide in one place the way OHG does. Because of our stringent guidelines, which result in so limited a number of hotels attaining our Superior Deluxe rating, our ratings clearly separate the truly great properties from the rest."

"All of us here are very proud and honored to receive this prestigious classification as we all strive to maintain the highest level of service and product for our clients," says Kurt Wachtveitl, general manager of The Oriental, Bangkok.

Each ranking is determined by OHG's editorial staff, which examines all aspects of a property's services and facilities, based on a comprehensive body of information encompassing a selection of reliable sources and contacts. The 10 categories into which each property is assigned range from "Moderate Tourist Class" to "Superior Deluxe."

Among the hotels to earn Superior Deluxe status this year are well-known properties from companies like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, alongside independent hotels including the Hotel Como, Australia and The Oberoi, Bali, Indonesia. For a complete list, please see the attached document.

Throughout its history, OHG has been the ultimate insider's guide to hotels, sold exclusively to travel professionals, including travel agencies and corporate travel managers. And the more than 18,000 travel professionals who use it are a very select group. It is purchased largely by the most successful and productive agencies.

While the general public may be unaware of OHG, many travelers have unknowingly felt its influence. Used more often than any other hotel source by its buyers, the information in OHG has a significant impact on the hotels they recommend to their clients, particularly when recommending upscale hotels. And because travel professionals who use OHG book more hotel rooms than the average agent, its influence lies behind a significant number of the hotel rooms booked worldwide each day.

OHG provides these agencies with an important competitive advantage, not only against their peers, but also against the wide variety of information now available directly to consumers through the Internet. "Although travelers today have access to a wide variety of travel and hotel information online, none of it is streamlined and comprehensive," says Mason. "Instead, Internet hotel information comes from any number of sources with no single, authoritative editorial voice. It's impossible for travelers to know what they can and can't trust." That's why many travelers continue to rely on agencies using OHG for the best, most comprehensive recommendations of places to stay. And for those travelers with the budget to afford the best, the Superior Deluxe ratings in OHG are the most reliable source of hotels that will live up to their high standards.

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