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.
Travel Info Online
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
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
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.
more useful links... »
in the footsteps of James Bond!
you brave enough to follow in the footsteps of James
Bond? If so, here is your chance to try ice diving in
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
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!
of the Week - Radisson Narita Airport, Tokyo
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
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.
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
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.
more details... »
Hotel Express International Office in Spain
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org