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Nordic Hotel Forum introduces mobile website

The Nordic Hotel Forum four-star business and conference hotel in Viru Square is the first hotel in Tallinn providing its clients with an innovative opportunity to use a mobile website.

The mobile website of the Nordic Hotel Forum is meant for users who visit the hotel website with a mobile or smartphone. The site has been optimised for the needs of mobile Internet browsers and as regards the functionality it differs from the main site of the hotel only in terms of appearance and information volume. The information volume has been optimised so that the users of mobile Internet should not download any excessive information from the site. Those visitors to the Nordic Hotel Forum website who use a mobile or smartphone to visit the hotel website are now provided with faster and more convenient access to the required information - be perusing an image gallery or watching a video, booking a room or reading reviews.

"Modern 3G and 3.5G technology and new telephones have made surfing the Internet on a mobile phone fast and convenient," said Feliks Mägus, Chairman of the Board of the Nordic Hotels. "Nowadays most of the companies wish to keep up with the times and be easily found by potential clients and a mobile website meant for developing companies is an ideal solution for that thanks to its innovativeness as thus in marketing a contribution is also made to mobile phone users," he added.

"In addition to the aforementioned the mobile website is also a very convenient and user-friendly tool for making hotel reservations while on a trip or away from office," Feliks Mägus supplemented.

Thinking about everything, concern for details in order to make a visit to the website more convenient and use of new technologies also in the future - this is the Nordic Hotel Forum.

The Nordic Hotels (http://www.nordichotels.eu/) is a young and dynamic hotel chain established in 2002 with the aim of developing and managing hotels in Tallinn and the other capitals of the Baltic States. The Nordic Hotels operates the Nordic Hotel Forum in Tallinn. The strength of the Nordic Hotels lies in partnership and cooperation with Estonian and international hotel and real estate experts.

Further information:

Feliks Mägus
Chairman of the Board, Nordic Hotels OÜ
Phone: +372 622 2920, +372504 0766

Nordic Hotel Forum becomes member of international WORLDHOTELS chain

The Nordic Hotel Forum, the 4-star business and conference hotel on Viru Square, was accepted as a member of WORLDHOTELS on 20 August 2010, becoming the first hotel in the Baltic States to receive such an honour. The hotel joins the chain's First Class Collection.

WORLDHOTELS is the oldest European-based group of independent hotels and worldwide regional brands. It has been operating for 40 years and is an internationally recognised sales and marketing chain, representing almost 500 hotels in 300 destinations in 70 countries around the globe. The hotels are divided into three categories: the Deluxe Collection, the First Class Collection and the Comfort Collection. The online reservation system Trust Voyager makes it possible to book hotels via a number of reservation centres used by the majority of the world's tourism companies.
Although the WORLDHOTELS chain was established four decades ago, it has proven itself to be more than capable of keeping up with the changing times. Its fundamental mission has not changed since its early days: it still aims to offer a unique hotel service to unique people

"Joining the chain hasn't led to any changes in ownership or management," explained Feliks Mägus, Chairman of the Board of Nordic Hotels. "We'll still be operating under the Nordic Hotels trademark."

Now that it is a member of the chain, Nordic Hotels will be able to make use not only of its international sales channels, but also of its broad-reaching know-how in the hotel industry. "There's no doubt that WORLDHOTELS will make a major contribution to the marketing of Estonia as a travel destination," Mägus said.

The Nordic Hotel Forum, the 4-star business and conference hotel on Viru Square, was accepted as a member of WORLDHOTELS on 20 August 2010, becoming the first hotel in the Baltic States to receive such an honour. The hotel joins the chain's First Class Collection.

WORLDHOTELS is the oldest European-based group of independent hotels and worldwide regional brands. It has been operating for 40 years and is an internationally recognised sales and marketing chain, representing almost 500 hotels in 300 destinations in 70 countries around the globe. The hotels are divided into three categories: the Deluxe Collection, the First Class Collection and the Comfort Collection. The online reservation system Trust Voyager makes it possible to book hotels via a number of reservation centres used by the majority of the world's tourism companies.

Although the WORLDHOTELS chain was established four decades ago, it has proven itself to be more than capable of keeping up with the changing times. Its fundamental mission has not changed since its early days: it still aims to offer a unique hotel service to unique people

"Joining the chain hasn't led to any changes in ownership or management," explained Feliks Mägus, Chairman of the Board of Nordic Hotels. "We'll still be operating under the Nordic Hotels trademark."

Now that it is a member of the chain, Nordic Hotels will be able to make use not only of its international sales channels, but also of its broad-reaching know-how in the hotel industry. "There's no doubt that WORLDHOTELS will make a major contribution to the marketing of Estonia as a travel destination," Mägus said.

For further information please contact:

Feliks Mägus
Chairman of the Board, Nordic Hotels OÜ
Telephone: +372 622 2920
Mobile: +372 50 40 766

Kersti Vaino
Director of Sales and Marketing
Nordic Hotel Forum
Telephone: +372 622 2915
E-mail: kersti.vaino[A]nordichotels.eu

Feliks Mägus
Chairman of the Board, Nordic Hotels OÜ
Telephone: +372 622 2920
Mobile: +372 50 40 766

Kersti Vaino
Director of Sales and Marketing
Nordic Hotel Forum
Telephone: +372 622 2915
E-mail: kersti.vaino[A]nordichotels.eu

Nordic Hotel Forum is Expedia Insiders’ Select 2010

Nordic Hotel Forum is pleased to announce that the travel portal Expedia has chosen Nordic Hotel Forum to its Insiders' Select 2010 list of best hotels.

Expedia knows top hotels. And so do their customers. So who better than Expedia to provide a list of the best hotels in the world? Expedia Insiders' Select is just that: an easy-to-browse list of top hotels in terms of value and quality, as determined by their experts. Expedia has an extensive network of hundreds of experts in top destinations worldwide, who provided their insight and firsthand knowledge of their destination's best hotels.

How does a top hotel make the Insiders' Select list? Expedia reviewed more than 114,000 hotels and resorts, giving each one a numerical score. These scores are completely independent of advertisers and partners. Only the top hotels with the highest scores made it onto our Insiders' Select list. Expedia reviewers awarded Nordic Hotel Forum 91.20 points out of a possible 100.

Expedia is home to more traveler reviews than any other online travel agency. Expedia travelers submitted more than 570,116 new Traveler Opinions on hotels across the globe—in 2009 alone. To ensure authenticity, Expedia verifies each Traveler Opinion by confirming that the reviewer has stayed at the property within the past six months. To qualify for the honor of inclusion on the Expedia Insiders' Select list, a hotel had to have a minimum number of reviews in 2009.

In addition, Expedia systematically compared hotels and resorts to nearby properties with similar star ratings and amenities in order to determine the best value for your money.

See the list of Expedia Insiders' Select 2010.

Nordic Hotel Forum offers its clients Skype Credit

Hefty charges for using mobile phones abroad top the list of "holiday rip-offs", according to a survey conducted by Post Office Travel Money in UK (source: PA News).

But this is not your problem when you stay at the Nordic Hotel Forum. The business and conference hotel offers its clients the opportunity to use Skype telephones and gives you Skype Credit, so you can use it to make great value calls to landlines and cell phones across the world and it's free for you.

Having a Skype phone in a hotel room makes keeping in touch easier and cheaper. Using Skype generally means that you have a computer and headphones, but at the Nordic Hotel Forum you only need to dial a number – you do not even need to log on to your Skype account.

The hotel's business rooms were the first in the Baltic region to offer Skype telephone connections and have become a key selling point for the hotel among international executive travellers.

Other top holiday moans:

Charges for using debit or credit cards overseas was the second-biggest moan, the poll of 1,515 people by Post Office Travel Money found.

Baggage charges, poor exchange rates at airports and at hotels and the high cost of taxis and airport transfers also featured in the rip-off list.

Asked to name their major holiday irritant, families named bites and stings, followed by dirty beaches and dirty seawater. Families also expressed fear of getting food poisoning and worried about their children not liking the local food.

The survey coincided with a family holiday report from Post Office Travel Money which compared holiday prices in various countries.

Portugal was rated the best family-value destination, with meal prices having dipped 47% since last year. Prices have also gone down 20% in Cyprus and 17% in Greece but have risen 33% in France.

Eating out in Turkey is around 13% more expensive than it was this time last year. An hour's ride on a pedalo was just £5.41 in Portugal but as much as £11.71 in Cyprus.

Hiring a sun lounger for half a day can cost as little as £1.80 in Spain and Cyprus but nearly £12 in Italy, while a day out for a family of four at a water park can cost twice as much in Cyprus (£90) than in some countries.

Post Office Travel Money head Sarah Munro said: "There is plenty families can do to avoid getting stung on holiday. They should check excursion and attraction prices online before they go to avoid the most expensive and they should also pack kids' beach items that could break the holiday budget if bought overseas.

"Families can save enough to pay out for some unexpected holiday items if they avoid wasting cash by leaving it until the last minute and changing their currency at the airport."

Monaco: one of Estonia’s best restaurants

The 2010 list of the 50 best Estonian restaurants has been published. The evaluation committee this year comprised staff from Estonian restaurants and food journalists from Estonia and abroad, who assessed the quality of the food they ate, the level of service they received and the interior design and overall atmosphere of the restaurants. Those members representing Estonian restaurants could not vote for their own establishment.

In the 'fine dining' category, whose winners were selected regionally, the overall winner was Alexander at Pädaste manor. Moon café – a newcomer on the scene, but one whose popularity has skyrocketed – was declared Tallinn's best restaurant, while the winner in Tartu, in the face of some stiff competition, was Crepp. The Nordic Hotel Forum's restaurant, Monaco, was ranked 17th overall.

A separate category showcased restaurants and cafés offering authentic Estonian cuisine. Instead of being ranked, those deserving praise were simply listed in alphabetical order. They included delightful locales such as Muhu's fish café and Altja Inn, to name just a couple.

In association with the Postimees daily newspaper, a separate poll was recently conducted in which the general public could also vote for their favourites. Tartu readers agreed with the critics, nominating Crepp. Tallinn readers, meanwhile, chose Nevskij as their favourite restaurant.

The survey was organised by the Eesti Maitsed / Flavours of Estonia web portal. The country's top 50 restaurants were ranked for the third consecutive year.

The full list can be found online at www.eestimaitsed.com .