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    Helsinki - World Design Capital 2012

     

    2012
    Helsinki will be the World Design Capital in 2012.
    During the year Helsinki will also celebrate the
    200th anniversary of becoming the capital of
    Finland. The year will be filled with great events
    as Helsinki is also hosting the Ice Hockey World
    Championships 4. - 20 May 2012 and the European
    Athletics Championships 27 June to 1 July 2012.


    Information on Meal Basis At Discount Hotels on Select-a-room.com

    Some of our clients have recently asked us about the meal basis in the hotels we offer.

    When you run a search on Select-a-room.com we list the inclusions for each hotel.

    Bed and breakfast and room-only are pretty clear; Half-Board means that we include evening meal, bed and breakfast. Full Board means 3 meals daily - breakfast lunch and dinner are included. All inclusive means all 3 meals plus drinks - this applies to many of our resort hotels.

    All prices are per room and not per person and include taxes unless specified on the search.

    Note: a small number of hotels in Russia and Ukraine charge a small booking fee - also specified when you book.

    Any questions - just ask! We are here to help!


    New Ferry Route Helsinki-Tallinn Opens

    The maiden voyage of Blue1 across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn to Helsinki took place yesterday January 31st.


    The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a flight to the Finnish captial with Vice-President of Commercial Affairs Juha Järvinen and Airport Member of the Board of Directors Erik Sakkov.  The added flight between the two capitals, has already brought down prices of competitor Finnair, which currently operates the same route. 
     
    For Hotels in Helsinki: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/finland/helsinki
     
    For Hotels in Tallinn: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/estonia/tallinn
     
    Welcome to Helsinki, Welcome to Tallinn !


    Select-a-Room.com Experiences Rapid Growth in Hotel Bookings in 2011 !

    Select-a-room.com has seen massive growth in hotel bookings wirldwide in the first 2 weeks of January 2011 - recording an increase of over 400% from the same period in 2010!

    Director Steven Penney says "the growth in bookings is down to the great prices secured by our large volumes and strong contracting, a user-friendly booking engine and a great team of experienced customer service staff who give personal atention to the needs of each and every client".

    Welcome to our world of discount hotels - worldwide!

    Select-a-room.com Customer Service Team

     


    St Petersburg - Helsinki New Fast Allegro Rail Service Update

    12 January marked one month since the launch of the high-speed Allegro train service between St Petersburg and Helsinki.

    In their first month, Allegro trains transported over 23,000 passengers. During the New Year holidays, average seat occupancy was over 83%, and on certain journeys reached almost 100%.

    The launch of high-speed trains between St Petersburg and Helsinki was the result of a joint decision taken by Russia and Finland. Under the project to prepare for the service, Russian Railways rebuilt the St Petersburg – Buslovskaya line, with a length of 157 km.

    Two pairs of trains run daily on the St Petersburg – Helsinki – St Petersburg route, departing from St Petersburg at 06:40 and 15:25, and from Helsinki at 10:00 and 15:00.

    The launch of the high-speed service has reduced the journey time between St. Petersburg and Helsinki from 6 hours 18 minutes to just over 3 hours 30 minutes, while the journey time on Russian territory has been cut from 3 hours 11 minutes to 90 minutes. The shorter journey time is due to the more technically advanced trains, quicker border checkpoint procedures, and greater train speeds. The Allegro trains can reach 200 km/h on Russian territory, and 220 km/h on Finnish territory.

    Email us for availability and prices!

    Ekaterina and the St Petersburg Team!

     


    Rail Services St Petersburg - Helsinki Are Improving and Expanding!

    The best rail link from Helsinki to St. Petersburg - The Allegro train - will inaugurate a new era on 12 December 2010 in travel between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The train's travel time of three and a half hours from centre to centre is two hours less than at present. There are two daily services from both cities and by summer 2011 there are four daily services.

    Both business travellers who value efficiency and leisure travellers on a city break have many good reasons to choose Allegro. The train's tranquil ambiance for working or social interaction in good company, Finnish-Russian staff, the many services of the restaurant car and the children's play room offer all passengers a first class travel experience.

    Welcome to St Petersburg and to Helsinki

    Katya - St PEtersburg Team!


    Easyjet Flights for Summer 2011 are onsale NOW - Book Hotels Here!

    Easyjet flights are available now from London Gatwick for summer 2011 - so time to book your hotels online on Select-a-Room.com now! Great hotel deals - Europewide!


    Hotels in Tampere and Kaunas

    Hotels, restaurants and museums in Kaunas are delighted that the flights of Ryanair on the route Tampere-Kaunas are attracting more tourists. Employees at the Kaunas Regional Tourism Information Centre say that Finns are now the main guests of the city. Hoteliers and the mayor agree. "Ryanair’s flights to Tampere are helping to attract many more Finnish tourists to Kaunas," affirms Kaunas Mayor Andrius Kupcinskas. “The biggest number came to Kaunas in July, with 75 percent of seats sold on the flights.”


    Select-a-Room.com - New Local Office Support in USA!

    We are delighted to advise that we have added North American phone and live chat support to suit North American working hours! Use our contact number, our Skype link - or our live chat for instant support! Welcome to Select-a-room.com in the USA and our world of low-cost hotels!


    Champions League Fixtures for Autumn 2010 - Discount Hotels to Follow your Team from Select-a-room.com

    For many years, Select-a-room.com has been the preferred discount hotel provider for fans supporting their team in Europe - whether it be for UEFA Champions League, the Europa Cup, the European Championships or even the FIFA World Cup. We offer discount hotels with instant availability in pretty much every host city in Europe - including Zilina in Slovakia ! - and our specility locations in Eastern Europe, from Moscow to Kazan, Kiev to Donetsk. We have great discount hotels in London, Manchester, Paris, Marseilles, Bremen and Munich, Milan and Rome as well as Belgrade, Enschede, Cluj, Amsterdam, Madrid, Valencia Auxerre, Lyon, Kopenhagen, Athens, Tel Aviv, Bursa (Turkey) and Braga (Portugal!) and Barcelona! Check out our prices and follow your teams throughout Europe! For travel on a budget, check out Select-a-room.com !...and our sincere apologies if we have missed anyone out!


    A Warm Welcome to JCB Credit Cards from Select-a-Room.com

    We are delighted to add the distinguished JCB credit card to our range of payment options on Select-a-Room.com - specifically for our Japanese customers booking our 40,000 discount hotels from Tokyo to 124 countries worldwide! We have added Japanese Yen as a payment option and hope that this helps to support our Japanese customers.


    Stop Press: New Currencies for Hotel Bookings on Select-a-Room.com

    Many clients have asked us for the ability to pay in their own local currencies for our 40,000 discount hotel deals - so in order to assist, we have recently added a range of new currencies for your convenience. It is now possible to book and pay in Russian Roubles, Japanese Yen, Swiss Francs and Norwegian Krone as well as Sterling, Euro, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar  - we hope this helps!


    New Currencies for Hotel Bookings on Select-a-Room.com

    Due to increasing requests from our customers and for easier accounting, we are pleased to advise that it is now possible to book discount hotels online in the following newly-added currencies: Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar, in addition to US dollar, Euro and Sterling - more currencies to follow shortly, including Russian Rouble, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Swedish and Norwegian Krone...! Lower hotel prices worldwide and wider payment options from Select-a-room.com !


    Groups, Conferences, Events and Incentives

    In addition to offering best available hotel rates in 124 countries worldwide, our dedicated Group Travel Division is delighted to offer special group rates for groups, special interest tour programmes, conferences, events and incentive programmes.  We handle many groups each year in all continents of the world, and specialist in tailor-made hand-crafted programmes at best available rates. We provide group travel services for the world's leading tour operators - and now offer this service to group organisers. Ask us for a quote - there is no obligation. no cost and nothing to lose! Test us out by email, phone, live chat - or fill in our Group Request form online....the only thing we don't handle is the flights!


    Helsinki Hotels - Boom Time

    June is traditionally a busy time for hotels in Helsinki, but this year, hotels are busier than ever. We must advise clients that all of our hotels in Helsinki are full for the period to 14 June inclusive so we regret that we cannot offer rooms. If anything changes, we will amend this advice.

     

    Best regards and welcome to Helsinki at a quieter period!