Dave DawsonTravel industry leader Global Connections, Inc. (GCI) has announced that four of its resorts have received the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. These resorts were also inducted into the TripAdvisor® Hall of Fame for earning the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

Beso del Sol (Dunedin, FL), Sea Shells Beach Club (Daytona Beach, FL) and White Oak Lodge and Resort (Gatlinburg, TN), all owned by GCI, are recipients of the prestigious award.  Bamboo Beach Club (Clearwater Beach, FL) which is managed by the GCI property management division, received the coveted award as well.

Now in its ninth 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.

GCI’s awards are based upon consistently positive reviews submitted by Global Discovery Vacations members and guests throughout the year.

Dave Dawson, Vice President Acquisitions and Development of GCI said,  “ We do our utmost to provide exceptional vacation experiences. We are so proud of our awesome resort staff and all of their efforts. The resorts themselves are wonderful vacation spots and the hospitality that our members and guests enjoy is always top notch.  This award acknowledges that our hard work and commitment to customer satisfaction is well received both by our guests and the hospitality industry.”

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. The ‘Hall of Fame’ honors those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

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. For more information visit www.exploregci.com

About Global Discovery Vacations

Global Discovery Vacations is a respected membership based travel club offering its members access to condominium accommodations, cruise and tour vacations, a full-service travel agency, a concierge program, and other leisure benefits. For more information about Global Discovery Vacations visit globaldiscoveryvacations.com

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.