Hotel Express International
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 Hotel Express International Newsletter . The world's leading hotel discount club 
November 2002 
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Dear Valued Friend,

We have done a huge job signing up new hotels since last time. The focus has been on Asia, as many of our members travel in this area and we can boast hotels in 5 new countries! There is much happening in HEI at the moment and we are currently working with a lot of projects, so keep reading our newsletter and browsing our Web site for exciting developments.

 

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Useful Travel Info Online
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Good information and advice on travel queries are now only a click of the mouse away - it's just a question of knowing where to look. From finding the best route to info on the euro, here are some of the most useful websites:

MONEY If you are planning a trip to Europe and want to find out more about the euro, the best websites include the European Central Bank's http://www.ecb.int which gives general information on the new currency (with pictures of the banknotes and coins) plus a useful country-by- country timetable listing both the cut-off date for using old currency as legal tender and deadlines for exchanging it at commercial or national central banks.

THE UNIVERSAL CURRENCY CONVERTER http://www.xe.com/ucc/ The Universal Currency Converter, the world's most popular currency tool, allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates. To start, simply type the amount of source currency in the input box. Next, select the source and destination currencies using the scrolling selection boxes. (Note that there are far more currencies available than the initial five displayed.) When you are finished, push the "Perform Currency Conversion" button, and the results of your conversion will be displayed.

WEATHER A couple of websites offer useful five-day forecasts for destinations worldwide. The Meteorological Office address is http://www.metoffice.com/weather/index.html and is particularly strong on UK and European areas. For a more detailed breakdown of specific areas and regions outside Europe, try the BBC's website http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather. This gives a daily summary with pressure maps and temperature charts plus an excellent search facility providing details such as rainfall, relative humidity, windspeed, visibility and times for sunrise and sunset (plus air pollution and sun index if relevant) for a large number of different places.

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Follow in the footsteps of James Bond!
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Are you brave enough to follow in the footsteps of James Bond? If so, here is your chance to try ice diving in Tignes, France!

Ice diving is a thrilling, demanding and extreme activity suited for people with stamina to cold environment and a fancy for staying outdoors. For those of you who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, join Inghams Travels for an refreshing Ice Diving experience.

Between Dec - April when the lake at Tignes is covered in thick ice, you can get kitted up in a thermal dive suit and go for a 15 minute tethered dive through a hole cut in the ice with an experienced instructor. It costs 65 euro and no dive qualifications are needed. Comprehensive instruction is given prior to the dive to maintain safety.

The approximate temperature of the water you'll be diving in is 1°C. It is not actually at freezing point and the clear water under the ice is slightly warmer. The particulate matter in the lake during the winter freeze up tends to fall to the bottom, the wind on the lake which can continually stir up the lake surface is no longer a factor and the water tends to become very clear. One of the interesting things under the ice is the ice water interface. The ice adjacent to the water tends to remind one of a large ice cube, with bubbles trapped in the ice. Follow the link below for destination info and contact Inghams for more info or to book your ice diving adventure!

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Hotel of the Week - Radisson Narita Airport, Tokyo
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The Radisson Hotel Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan is a 500-room 4 star deluxe business hotel, situated on 29 acres of manicured gardens, in a resort-style setting, located 15 minutes from the new Tokyo International Airport Narita.

With 13 meeting rooms they can accommodate up to 400 people in the largest function room, and have a wide array of breakout rooms of all sizes. In addition their setting in 29 acres of landscaped gardens, offers an excellent retreat-style venue, for maximum concentration, and variety of creative training facilities & services, both indoor & outdoor.

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New Member Hotels
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This month we can add 5 new countries to our list; Brunei, Cambodia, Macau, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea, bringing the total number of countries where HEI is represented to 120.

We have 76 new hotels in the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Madagascar, Malaysia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Reunion Island, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.

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New Hotel Express International Office in Spain
We are doing very well and happy to see an ever increasing membership rate. We just opened a new office in Spain, to serve our Spanish members.

So, if you are a Spanish member, it will be useful to know that our office lies in Tarragona, and that our staff here will assist you with booking for your travels abroad and answer any questions you may have.

Contact details:

Hotel Express International España, W21leadernet sl., Centro Redessa, Cami de Valls, 81/87, 43204 Reus, Tarragona, España, Tel. + 34 97 73 00 997 / +34 97 73 00 944 Fax + 34 97 73 00 005 E-mail: info@hotelexpress-es.com

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