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Agoda, POSB the online service winners at AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2016

AsiaOne | Thursday, Apr 21, 2016

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Singapore - Online travel service Agoda and POSB's mobile banking were proclaimed as readers' top picks for Best Online Travel Service and Best Mobile Banking Service in the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards (PCA) 2016 today.

The Best Online Travel Service and Best Mobile Banking Service are two new categories that were added to the annual awards this year to better reflect the changing consumer trends today.

Karen Lim, Acting Editor at AsiaOne said: "When it comes to services and information, consumers are shifting online to seek out tools to help them with their decisions. Companies know this and have embraced innovative solutions to address the needs of their customers.

"With the addition of such categories, we hope to provide our readers with better choices that reflect their lifestyle today and to acknowledge companies for their digital efforts."

Three other categories were introduced this year: Best Fashion Retailer, Best Android Phone and Best Home & Electronics Retailer. Uniqlo, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Courts garnered the most votes in these respective categories.

A total of 30 brands received the coveted nod from readers after three months of voting and close to 200,000 votes were cast in the eighth year of the awards.

California Fitness Singapore was elevated to the Hall of Fame this year, after winning the number one spot in the health and fitness category five years in a row.

Meanwhile, three brands broke through to take the top spot at categories that were previously held by Hall of Fame winners. POSB was crowned the Best Bank while INSEAD Asia Campus took home the most number of votes in the Best Private Institute category. DBS Visa Debit was voted the Best Credit/Debit Card this year.

Other winners include Mazda 3 (Best Car), Singapore Zoo (Best Local Attraction), and Singapore Airlines (Best Full-Fledged Airline).

Another first for the PCA this year is its online pop-up store in collaboration with Qoo10, which was voted as the Best Online Retailer for the second year in a row.

From April 11 until May 13, AsiaOne readers can enjoy special discounts when they purchase the tech products nominated at the Shop the PCA Finalists microsite at www.qoo10.sg/pca2016.

Over 200 guests attended the ceremony held at the Singapore Press Holdings auditorium, where they were able to sample first-hand a selection of dishes from PCA award winner Carousel (Best Buffet Restaurant), Legendary Hong Kong roasted duck and UFC Refresh Coconut Water.

The list of top three winners for each category is below.

Best Health & Fitness Provider

California Fitness Singapore - WINNER

Amore Fitness and Boutique Spa

Fitness First

Best Shopping Centre

ION Orchard - WINNER

Nex

Vivocity

Best Luxury Shopping Centre

ION Orchard - WINNER

Ngee Ann City

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Best Fashion Retailer

Uniqlo - WINNER

H&M

Zara

Best Online Retailer

Qoo10 Singapore - WINNER

Lazada Singapore

Zalora Singapore

Best Private Institute

INSEAD Asia Campus - WINNER

Kaplan Singapore

Singapore Institute of Management

Best Bank

POSB Bank - WINNER

DBS Bank

OCBC Bank

Best Credit/Debit Card

DBS Visa Debit Card - WINNER

OCBC 365 Credit Card

POSB Everyday Card

Best Mobile Banking Service

POSB mBanking - WINNER

DBS mBanking

OCBC SG Mobile Banking

Best Car

Mazda 3 - WINNER

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Best Tablet

Apple iPad Air 2 - WINNER

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0

Best Laptop

Apple Macbook Pro - WINNER

Alienware 15

Asus ZenBook UX305

Best Point-and-Shoot Camera

Canon PowerShot G7 X - WINNER

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

Best DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 6D - WINNER

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Nikon D7200

Best Smartphone

Apple iPhone 6S - WINNER

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Sony Xperia Z5

Best Android Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - WINNER

LG G4

Sony Xperia Z5

Best Home & Electronics Retailer

Courts - WINNER

Gain City

Ikea

Best Low-Cost Carrier

Tigerair - WINNER

Jetstar Asia

Scoot

Best Full-Fledged Airline

Singapore Airlines - WINNER

Cathay Pacific

Emirates

Best Online Travel Service

Agoda - WINNER

AirBnB

trivago

Best Hotel

Marina Bay Sands - WINNER

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Best Nightspot

Zouk - WINNER

1-Altitude

Timbre @ The Substation

Best Local Attraction

Singapore Zoo - WINNER

Gardens by the Bay

Universal Studios Singapore

Best Western Restaurant

Astons Specialities - WINNER

Marche

Swensen's

Best Brunch Restaurant

Kuvo - WINNER

P. Bistro

Wild Honey

Best Hawker Stall

Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee - WINNER

328 Katong Laksa

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Best Chinese Restaurant

Din Tai Fung - WINNER

Crystal Jade Palace

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant

Best Asian Restaurant

Thai Express - WINNER

HJH Maimunah Restaurant

Muthu's Curry

Best Japanese Restaurant

Tampopo - WINNER

Ichiban Boshi

Sushi Tei

Best Buffet Restaurant

Carousel - WINNER

Buffet Town

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