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 Hotel Express International Newsletter . The world's leading hotel discount club 
August 2003 
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Dear Hotel Express International

In this issue we are happy to announce the winners of our Travel Competition. 3 lucky persons have won a return-trip for 2 to Iceland.
Also, we have recently signed a number of Sandman Hotels, Inn and Suites, which is Canada's largest privately owned hotel chain. You'll find Sandman properties in all the major cities in the regions Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and Saskatchewan. Read more below.

In this issue
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Winners of our Travel Competition
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Our Iceland Travel Competition stopped taking new entries on August 8, and we received a vast number of entries. Thank you to all who entered our contest. We're very pleased to announce the names of our winners. The Grand prize winner will receive a round- trip airfare for two with Iceland Express from London or Copenhagen, 1 week hotel stay for two at 4* Grand Hotel in Reykjavik, incl. breakfast, 1 week rental car from Hertz and 1 year FREE membership to Hertz #1 Golden Club. The two runners up will receive a round-trip airfare for two with Iceland Express from London or Copenhagen and 1 year FREE membership to Hertz #1 Golden Club.

Grand prize winner: Nils Kristian Brunvoll, Vatne, Norway.

"I travel a lot in my work, and I am really looking forward to taking a vacation with my wife who takes care of our home while I am away. We'll travel this autumn and plan to combine the prize with a week in London, before heading for Iceland. We are looking forward to visiting the many SPAs and hot springs, especially my wife! I am really happy about winning, and we're looking forward to an adventurous week in Iceland!"

2nd prize winner: Kevin Murtha, Wetherby, UK

"We are really looking forward to visiting Iceland. It is a very beautiful country - a mix of wild, rugged scenery and pretty towns. Thank you Hotel Express International, I know we will have a great time".

3rd prize winner: Anne Bonnet, Brussels, Belgium

Congratulations to you all!

Sandman Hotels, Inns and Suites
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We have recently signed a number of Sandman Hotels, Inn and Suites. Sandman is Canada's largest privately owned hotel chain, and one of Western Canada's leading hospitality companies. Some 12 well-located HEI member properties across Western Canada welcome guests every day.

Sandman offers a comfortable accommodation, mainly in convenient downtown locations and with many having Denny's 24-hour restaurants on site. Most properties offer a pool facility, indoor or outdoor, and all guests enjoy complimentary in room tea and coffee, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.
Their goal is for guests to be able to check into a Sandman anywhere in Western Canada and find their favourite preferences always waiting when they arrive.

Also, you'll find Sandman Hotels, Inns and Suites just minutes from some of Canada's finest golf greens and internationally recognized ski & snowboard destinations. Spend a weekend following the Sandman golf trail to tee-off on or enjoy the best of Western Canada's ski slopes; from beginners slopes to extreme terrain.

It's often the little things that make the biggest difference to your feeling of overall comfort and satisfaction, and Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites have made it their business to take care of the details - and to ensure that your stay is enjoyable, comfortable and affordable. So, whether you're planning your first trip to Canada or travelling locally for business or pleasure, be sure to visit one of our Sandman member properties.

Our Sandman member hotels

Tips for Travel Planning Online
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Imagine you've planned this holiday for late summer or autumn, you've juggled everyone's work and school schedules and you now must choose from among countless tour packages, sightseeing and resorts. With so many choices and even more questions, anyone who's ever tried booking a holiday knows how exhausting it can be.

The Internet can be a great help in planning and booking your trip, i.e. providing detailed info on air fares, destinations, local culture and customs, tourist attractions, how to get there, etc. Researching info helps you become better educated about the gamut of travel products available. However, should you decide to use the Internet for more than just research, here are a few tips to avoid potential pitfalls of booking online:

Don't book online unless you've done your homework and know what questions to ask and where to ask them.

Make sure you book the correct date and time, and check that you get the advertised fare or the quoted price.
Beware of misleading promotions. Too-good-to-be- true deals often come with the condition that you buy additional airfare or accommodations at inflated prices.

Look for signs that sensitive information, such as travel initiaries and credit-card numbers, is encrypted. Two signs that a site is secure are a closed padlock symbol at the bottom of your browser and a URL that begins with "https".

Don't book with an online agency unless you know its location and contact information, and make sure you understand the site's cancellation policy prior to making a purchase.

New Member Hotels
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This month we have 49 new hotels in the following countries:

Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, USA and Vietnam.

For more details...

New Hotel Express office for Ghana and Nigeria
Due to the increase in travel activity in this area, we have just opened a new office in Ghana, to serve both our Ghanese and Nigerian members.

So, if you are a member in these countries, it will be useful to know that our office lies in Accra, North Ghana, 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 Int.
Hotel Express Int. suite
321 Coplan House 3rd Floor
Kodjo Thompson Road Adabraka
P.O.Box 11489
Accra - North Ghana
West Africa
Tel:+233 21 228520
Tel:+233 21 220435
Tel:+233 21 235306
Fax:+233 21 228520

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