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 Hotel Express International Newsletter . The world's leading hotel discount club 
November 2003 
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Dear Yngvar,

Planning a trip to Istanbul? Best Western Hotel St. Sophia offers a great winter special - stay four nights pay for three. There are also a couple of useful tips if you plan to travel during peak holidays and how to do this the least stressful way. Due to increased travel activity we have opened eight new offices, which include two regional and six national. Read more below >>

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Winter special: Get up to 70% discount in Istanbul!
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Best Western Hotel St. Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, recently joined us as a member hotel. They have a special offer for you: Stay 4 nights and pay only for 3! At Hotel Express rate of course.

The hotel offer Hotel Express members normally 60% off rack rate but if you stay four nights you will only pay Euro 144 (single room) compared to regular rack rate which is Euro 480. You will save over Euro 300!

The hotel was built as a mansion next to Hagia Sophia for Ottoman Pasha in 1856, restored and then reopened in 1998 as a small but luxury " Special Class" four stars hotel. Located in the centre of Sultanahmet as well as in walking distance to all historical places - Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.

Best Western Hotel Saint Sophia provides you with a warm and familiar atmosphere with its skilled personnel and modern hotel facilities. All hotel rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, international direct dial telephone, Internet connection and bathtub. The luxury bathrooms also have hair dryers and telephones.

Besides, you can have traditional Turkish and world cuisine in their "Historical Restaurant" and if you want to you can end the night in Theodora Bar where you can taste Hotel Saint Sophia's special cocktails and various worldwide drinks.

Contact details:
Best Western Hotel St. Sophia
Contact person: Taner Kaya
Alemdar Cad No 2
Sultanhemet
Istanbul 34440
Turkey
Tel: +90 212 528 0973
Fax: +90 212 511 5491

Offer valid November 01 - December 24 and
January 03 - March 31. Ask for their special winter offer for HEI members.


Holiday travelling
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With Christmas only a month away, we all know how stressful it can be travelling with what feels like a million others.
The combination of large crowds and travellers' strong desire to get to their families in time can result in a harrowing airport experience. But there are things you can do to prevent stressful airport episodes from occurring.

Book tickets and accommodations well in advance.
It is no surprise that airlines and hotels get booked quickly during busy holiday season, but also keep in mind that car rentals and transportation to and from the airport should be arranged ahead of time.

Arrive at the airport early
Allow extra time for traffic. Remember, airport parking lots can fill up very quickly, so finding a spot can be difficult. Holiday travellers often have to park in alternate lots and take shuttle service to the terminal. Long lines and crowds also slow down travellers and with the possibility of airlines overselling flights, passengers who check in the latest are likely to get bumped.

Know baggage limits and keep gifts unwrapped in case of inspection.
Security is heightened during peak travel time, so packages are inspected more frequently. Be sure to tag all carry-on and checked baggage. It is also important to inquire about baggage limits since they can vary according to airline, type of aircraft and destination.

Keep a constant watch of all belongings.
Pickpockets love crowds. Travellers should always be mindful of their surroundings and keep a close watch on all their belongings, including tickets, watches and wallets.

Hotel of the week: Holiday Inn Bratislava - Bratislava
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Holiday Inn Bratislava is situated in an important business district, 2km from downtown and 40km from Vienna's airport Schwechat. 

Holiday Inn Bratislava creates the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing stay, no matter whether you are there on business or on holiday. The restaurant Brasseria, the winter garden as well as the lobby bar and the fitness center all contribute to make your stay even more attractive.

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New Member Hotels
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This month we have 68 new hotels in the following countries:

Belgium, Botswana, Cambodia, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey and USA.

For more details...

New HEI offices
Due to increased travel activity we have opened two regional offices in Asia, located in Tokyo (Japan) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). We have also opened six national offices.

Five of our new national offices are located in Asia - more specifically in Phnom-Penh (Cambodia), Shanghai (China), Seoul (South Korea), Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) and Singapore (Singapore). Last but not least we have also opened an office in Saudia Arabia, which is located in Riyadh.

So, if you are a member in these countries, it will be useful to know that our staff here will assist you with booking for your travels abroad and answer any questions you may have. For more specific location and contact information, please take a look at the national offices' page at our website. You can also just click on the link below.

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