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 Hotel Express International Newsletter . The world's leading hotel discount club 
January 2004 
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Dear Cathrine,

We hope that you had a wonderful holiday and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Ever visited the Caribbean? We have a special offer this month from Juliette's Lodge, St. Lucia. When you stay there four nights, you get one night free. Or maybe Madeira sounds tempting - check out our Hotel of the Week - Ajuda & Sofia Madeira Hotels. We also have a question for you this month: Is there a place you think we need hotels - please let us know.
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In this issue
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  • Passengers' rights
  • What do you think?
  • Special Offer : Juliette's Lodge - St. Lucia
  • Hotel of the Week: Ajuda & Sofia Madeira Hotels
  • New Member Hotels

     
  • What do you think?
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    We are constantly trying to improve our product but to do so successfully we need your help. Is there a specific city/cities or country/countries in which you think we should try to sign up hotels? Please send us your suggestions by e-mail.

    As thanks for your much appreciated help, one of you will get a nice Hotel Express document-folder and two will get a t-shirt. The winners will be announced in the newsletter. Don't forget to add your contact details when e-mailing us.

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    Special Offer : Juliette's Lodge - St. Lucia
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    Planning on getting married? Or maybe you just need a break from everyday life?

    Why not experience the beautiful St. Lucia in the Caribbean? Stay four nights and pay for three at Juliette's Lodge. Four nights would cost you USD 135 in a single room, USD 150 in a double room and USD 225 for a suite. So on top of the regular 50% Hotel Express discount, you also get one night free! This discounted price is per room and does not include tax nor breakfast.

    Juliette's Lodge is situated near Vieux Fort and close to Hewannorra International airport to the south of St. Lucia. This property boasts magnificent views of the beach and the deep blue ocean with a superb panoramic view of the Maria Islands.

    Thinking about getting married while on holiday? Let Juliette's Lodge take the stress out of the arrangements! They can inform you about all the essential documents you will need and arrange everything for you - depending on your requirements. Just let them know at least three (3) months ahead of time, and they can do the rest. Please remember though that there are essential documents required and these papers got to be originals and up to date.

    Maybe you just want to experience the St. Lucian atmosphere? Feel at home in one of the 27 spacious air- conditioned rooms or 3 apartments with one or two bedrooms, all with telephone, cable TV/Internet connection, private bathroom and own patio that Juliette's Lodge offer. Superior rooms also are available.

    There are several things worth seeing while visiting St. Lucia. Here are a few examples:
    Pigeon Island: This protected National Park is of major archaeological and historical value. There is also a small museum, worth a visit. Fort Rodney is located on the smaller of the two hills. Climbing the hill you are rewarded with a wide view. Pigeon Island is the place where the yearly Jazz Festival is held in May.

    Gros Islet: This quiet fishing village undergoes a metamorphosis each Friday evening when a vast street dance party takes place. A spectacle not to be missed for those who want to experience the true St. Lucian atmosphere.

    Vieux Fort: This small town has a Saturday market with a colourful fish seller at the small beach. It has some supermarkets, shops and banks. Many bananas are shipped from here. North of Vieux Fort there are long sandy beaches, however parts have been washed away.

    Maria Islands (close to Vieux Fort): This protected National Park can only be visited with a guide. It is not accessible to the public between May 15th and July 31st (bird breeding season). Two endemic reptiles live on this little island: the colourful lizard and the rare but small harmless Kouwes snake.

    To find out more - check out Juliette's Lodge web site.

    Contact:
    Juliette's Lodge
    PO Box 482
    Beanfield
    VF482 Vieux-Fort
    St. Lucia
    Tel +1 758 454 5300
    Fax +1 758 454 5305
    E-mail: reservations@julietteslodge.com

    Special Offer valid through November 2004

     

    Juliette's Lodge

    Hotel of the Week: Ajuda & Sofia Madeira Hotels
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    The comfortable 4 stars Ajuda & Sofia Madeira Hotels are perfectly situated in a quiet hotel area, 3 kms. from Funchal's city center.


    The Ajuda Hotel has 91 rooms with balcony and sea view whereas the Sofia Apart hotel 21 offers one bedroom apartments with balcony and kitchenette. These excellent quality hotels offers their guests a range of leisure facilities, and you can enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

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    New Member Hotels
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    This month we have 32 new hotels in the following countries:

    Czech Republic, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Seychelles and Taiwan.

    For more details...

     

    Passengers' rights
    Have you ever experienced that your plane has been overbooked? Maybe you have been one of many left behind and had to wait for a later flight?

    Next year the European Union (EU) will try to minimise airplanes overbooking by passing on a new legislation protecting the passengers' rights at EU airports.

    According to EU, roughly a quarter of a million air passengers each year get a bad surprise at EU airports when checking-in for their flight.

    By passing this legislation EU wants airlines to reduce the frequency of over booking and denying passengers boarding against their will.

    To make this happen airlines have to among other things pay a compensation when delays (over five hours) and overbooking happens.

    The size of the compensation (ranges from Euro 250- 600) depends on how long the delay is and how long your flight takes.

    In addition to financial compensation, passengers denied boarding would continue to enjoy rights as meals, refreshments and hotel accommodation if necessary.

    Passengers will also have the choice between refund of their ticket and an alternative flight. The new legislation should enter into force in 2005.

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