July 2002

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In this newsletter:
1. Summer closing at some national HEI offices
2. Online membership renewal
3. Five star hotel luxury / Hotel of the Week
4. New hotels
5. Digital certificates for frequent travellers 
Also check out this month's Guest Article - "Adventures in Borneo" By Barney Bantingham

 
  Hotel Express Information
 
 1. Summer Closing at some HEI Offices
Some of our national offices are closed over the summer and thus their services are unavailable. However, you will find a lot of information on our Web site, so log onto www.hot-ex.com and do your bookings, renew your card, read updated information on hotels, destinations and other travel related topics.

 

 
 2. Online Membership Renewal

You can renew your membership online 24 hours a day in just three easy steps using our secure renewal form. For your security, any personal information you enter, such as your credit card number, is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)* before being transmitted over the Internet.

 

 

  1. Log onto www.hot-ex.com, select ‘Renew Card’ in the left hand column.
  2. Select your home country from the list, click ‘Go on’.
  3. Fill in the form and click ‘Send’, wait for the confirmation message to appear.

As some of our sales offices are closed over the summer, this is a fast, easy and secure way to renew your membership, without delaying the use of your card.

From time to time we get queries about the expiry date. The expiry date is printed on your card and the card is valid until the end of the month stated. I.e. “Thru 07-02” means it is valid until 31st July 2002.

*click here for additional information on SSL encryption and order security

 

 

 

 3. Five Star Hotel Luxury / Hotel of the Week
This month we’d like to focus on our 5 star hotels. From time to time many of our members choose to swap their regular 3 or 4 star hotels for a luxurious experience. With the 50% HEI discount one can certainly afford a hotel upgrade and a little extra luxury. Whether you're returning to a favourite destination, or discovering a new part of the world, treat yourself to a truly indulgent break. Read about some of our popular first-class hotels:
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Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel, London

- Enjoy a break in London with the epitome of English elegance

The Radisson Edwardian Hampshire Hotel is nestled in a quiet corner of Leicester Square, the leafy centre of London’s theatre district. It is truly a luxurious five-star hotel. This perfect location is where you'll find opening nights, premieres and gala nights all just a stroll away.

This is the epitome of English elegance in all its 124 rooms and suites. Tranquil and comfortable it has an air of charm and distinction. You’ll discover quiet corners and alcoves, wood-panelled lounges and sitting rooms – indeed, it is the ideal way to sit amidst refinement and watch the world go by. 

Timeless. Traditional. Inspired. Each air-conditioned room features fabrics and furnishings that capture the very essence of its English heritage. It's where comfort takes on a new meaning. Complementing this are cutting edge communication technologies including a modem connection for your laptop and direct dialling. Plus all the extras you'd expect of a 5 star luxury hotel.

As a HEI member you may enjoy a 25% discount in the hotel restaurant. You’ll dine in the contemporary-styled Apex restaurant where simple fresh food is the trademark. The popular menu reflects a fusion of modern British and Mediterranean influences.  Apex is the ideal place to meet and entertain, whether for business or pleasure. 

 

Welcome to the Hampshire! For contact details, see our hotel database

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Wyndham Checkers Hotel, Los Angeles

Downtown LA's only five-star, four-diamond, European-styled hotel, the Wyndham Checkers is within easy walking distance of downtown's theater district, restaurants and nightlife. Attractive guest rooms, carefully detailed for the business traveler. You may also enjoy a Free USA Today delivered to your room.

Checkers Restaurant features fine California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And The Lobby Bar serves light snacks and is a pleasant place to relax and unwind. 

 

Welcome to the Checkers! For contact details, see our hotel database

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Grand Hotel Plaza, Rome

The Grand Plaza Rome is just a few cobblestones from the Spanish Steps, the "Three Coins" Trevi Fountain and one of the world's famous shopping streets, the Via Condotti. The 200 spacious rooms and suites each have their own unique ambience and attract such celebrities as Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, and Kathleen Turner.
The opulent main salon with stained glass ceiling has been the setting for Hollywood movies, Papal visits and royal receptions.

 

Welcome to Grand Plaza! For contact details, see our hotel database

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Hotel of the Week  

Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey     

- Enjoy a stay in a former Ottoman Sultan residence 

The Çiragan Palace, once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, has been restored to its former glory and is the only luxury hotel on the European shores of the Bosphorus. This first-class hotel has 284 rooms plus 31 suites. It offers the perfect combination of Turkey's great tradition of hospitality with five-star standard. Combining the architectural grandeur of the palace with the modern comfort of a deluxe hotel, the Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski Istanbul offers a resort ambiance in the centre of the city. 

Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, is often called the "city of harmonious contrasts" as it blends East and West, past and future, tradition with technology and nature with progress.

 

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4. New Member Hotels
Below you'll find our most recent hotel additions For further info on the various hotels, visit our updated hotel database
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Australia:
  • Royal Woods Resort, Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast)
  • Rudges Carlton, Melbourne
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Brazil:
  • Bahia Othon Palace, Salvador
  • Belo Horizonte Othon Palace, Belo Horizonte
  • Hotel Inter-Continental, Rio de Janeiro
  • Imperial Othon Palace, Fortaleza
  • Leme Othon Palace, Rio de Janeiro
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China:
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Kunming
  • Gloria Plaza Hotel, Suzhou
  • Jin Jiang Hotel, Shanghai
  • Kunlun Hotel, Beijing
  • Lakeview Park resort, Wuxi
  • New World Courtyard, Beijing
  • New World Courtyard, Wuxi
  • Novotel Xin Qiao, Beijing
  • Park Hotel, Shanghai
  • Surf Plaza Resort Hotel, Qingdao
  • Wuxi Grand Hotel, Wuxi
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Finland:
  • Best Western Hotel Atlas, Kuopio
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France:
  • Acropolis Domaine de Bel Air, Le Mans
  • Albatros Hotel, Rennes/Saint Malo
  • Carlton Hotel, Nice
  • Garden Opera, Paris
  • Grand Hotel Parisien, Le Havre
  • Hotel Larmour Plage, Larmor Plage
  • Hotel Saint Paul, Lyon
  • Les Airelles, Morzine - only valid during summer
  • Nicea Hotel, Nice
  • Park Hotel, Paris
  • Residence du Parc, Jouy
  • Royal Saint Germain, Paris
  • Saint Etienne, Lourdes
  • Trois Marchands, Nantes
  • Tulip Inn, Celte La Fayette, Paris
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Germany:
  • Hotel Warsteiner Hof, Cologne
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HongKong:
  • Grand Stanford Inter-Continental, Hong Kong

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Italy:

  • Grand Hotel Beverly Hills, Rome
  • Hotel Centrale, Cosenza
  • Hotel Grillo, Cagliari / Assemini (Sardinia)
  • Hotel Mascagni, Rome
  • President Hotel, Brescia / Roncadelle
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As there are so many hotels, we can't list them all. So please click to see our new member hotels in Iran, Namibia, Philippines, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, U.A.E, USA, and Zambia

 
  Useful Travel Info

5. Digital Certificates for Frequent Travellers Soon?
 

Frequent travellers may be carrying digital certificates soon if a current trial of a “secure-travel (s-travel) initiative” by members of the global aviation community working with smart card and biometric integration companies proves successful. 

The project involving the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and SITA (a telecommunications solutions provider) aims to achieve the highest level of identity verification for frequent travellers and contribute towards improving the security of the global air transport system. 

Later this year, the European Commission and Swiss Office for Education and Science funded consortium will undertake trials in Europe, with plans to expand the service globally. 

The s-travel project will include digital authentication of people to enable secure physical and electronic airline and airport processing for frequent air travellers. 

The project will develop systems to authenticate passengers at both check-in and boarding stages. 

IATA said details are also being worked out to ensure that the s-travel system does not infringe upon the privacy of frequent travellers. 

 

Source: http://www.travelweeklyeast.com July 2002

 

 


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Guest Article

 

Adventures in Borneo

I knew I was really in the rain forest when a torrential downpour soaked us and blood-sucking leeches grabbed onto our ankles. Borneo is full of surprises. For one thing, there are no more headhunters. At least none in Malaysia’s northern portion of the world’s third-largest island, which it shares with Indonesia. For another thing, Borneo's Sarawak region is not one big jungle. 
By Barney Bantingham

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