Travel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. (GCI), has announced that Sea Shells Beach Club (Daytona Beach, FL) and White Oak Lodge and Resort (Gatlinburg, TN) have received TripAdvisor’s® Certificate of Excellence. This is the fifth year in a row that these two GCI owned properties have received this honor, qualifying them as members of the TripAdvisor ® Hall of Fame.

Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. Resorts which have received the highly coveted award for five years in a row are inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.

Dave Dawson, Vice President Resort Acquisitions and Development of GCI said, “These awards couldn’t be possible without our exceptional resort managers, Nancy Ross (Sea Shells Beach Club) and Charlie Stewart (White Oak Lodge and Resort) and their excellent hospitality-oriented staff. We’re proud of our beautiful resorts and the folks who bring enthusiasm and service to the guests who stay there.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and timeliness of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About Global Connections, Inc.
Global Connections, Inc. is based in Overland Park, KS, opening in 1996 as a travel club fulfillment and service provider.  Considered a leader in the travel club industry, GCI offers the members of its Global Discovery Vacations club program a wide variety of leisure benefits and vacation options at more than 700 North American resorts.  GCI is the developer and owner of resorts in California, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as well as owning and leasing numerous resort condominium units throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.

About Sea Shells Beach Club
Sea Shells Beach Club, on the oceanfront at Daytona Beach, Florida’s most famous beach. Spacious efficiency and studio units, and one- and two-bedroom condominiums are fabulous and affordable and right in the middle of all the action.

About White Oak Lodge & Resort
The White Oak Lodge and Resort offers custom built Tennessee log homes and newly remodeled condominiums offer rustic charm with modern elegance. Tucked against the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg Tennessee. steps from the park, where you can explore the nature trails and so much more.

About TripAdvisor
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 340 million unique monthly visitors, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.