Honored as a Top Performing Vacation Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA (USA) – May 23, 2013 – Global Connections, Inc. (GCI), one of the nation’s most respected travel clubs, today announced that its Beso Del Sol Resort in Dunedin, FL has received a TripAdvisor© Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

"Beso Del Sol Resort is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Dave Dawson, Vice President of GCI. "We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor."

"TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience," said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. "The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers."

About Global Connections, Inc. and Beso Del Sol Resort

Headquartered in Overland Park, KS, Global Connections, Inc. is recognized as a leader in the travel club industry offering its members with a host of benefits and vacationing options. GCI is the owner and developer of five resorts in California, Colorado, Florida and Tennessee. Beso Del Sol Resort in Dunedin is located north of Clearwater on the west coast of Florida and features a mix of garden and Gulf-view studio units, as well as one- and two-bedroom condominiums. Amenities at the waterfront resort include two swimming pools, hot tub, waterfront sundeck and private pier with boat slips, plus the waterfront Marker 8 Tiki Bar and Chef John’s a 4,000-sq. ft. dual level restaurant and venue for special events and corporate gatherings.
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