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Practical information

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Welcome pack

This document contains lots of useful information for congress participants.

Register for pre-congress workshops Download it here!




The venue for the congress will be the Hotel Rodina in the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Accommodation for congress participants is available in the hotel (and in other selected hotels in the city centre). Book early to reserve your place!

There is more information on hotels below.





How to get a 10-20% discount for yourself and one accompanying person on flights to Bulgaria with Austrian Airlines, Austrian Arrows, Lauda:

  • get in contact directly with your nearest Austrian Airlines Office
  • give the special SIETAR congress code SIET7
  • show your congress registration documentation including the date of the event
  • make sure that your flights are during the period April 11th - May 13th 2007
  • remember that the discount cannot be combined with some other fare reductions or price promotions


Travel agents

This Bulgarian travel agency is SIETAR Europa's official partner for the congress and can get you a great deal on hotel accommodation, transfers from and to the hotel, flight tickets.

To book accommodation with Visa Travel, choose your hotel below, then download the Booking Form and fax or post it to Visa travel. If you are not able to fax your credit card details. Click here.

To book a tour, just send us an email. You can pay on arrival in Sofia.


Why should you choose accommodation with Visa Travel?

Visa Travel Agency has extensive experience in organizing and managing big events and accommodations throughout Bulgaria and abroad. We are a reliable company with a solid reputation in the Bulgarian tourism market. We have excellent business partnership with the best travel-services providers and hotels in Bulgaria and we can always guarantee our customers that they will receive only the best attendance at the best price.

We have specially selected some alternative hotels which are ideal for SIETAR Congress participants who decide not to stay at the Hotel Rodina (congress venue). The other hotels are

  • in comfortable walking distance of the city centre
  • in the center of Sofia, close to the city's main attractions, nightlife and shopping areas
  • offered at special rates for participants of the congress

Visa Travel Agency offers to its clients:

  • flexible and accurate services
  • personal care & attention for every client’s demands
  • all kind of travel advices and tips
  • complimentary airport-hotel-airport transfers for all participants in the congress

And that’s not all!

Visa Travel can arrange tailor-made travel packages satisfying every desire of our customers. If you don’t see the right hotel for your needs in the list, send us an e-mail and we will make a special deal according to your budget and wishes.


Secure credit card payment with Visa Travel
Dear Congress participant,
If you are unable to send us your reservation form by fax (the most secure option) we would like to offer to you another possibility: You can simply send us the reservation form by e-mail, leaving the last 4 digits (as shown on the image below) of your credit card number and your Security code (CVV/CVC2) fields blank. Then all you have to do is call us by phone and give us the rest of the information. Our telephone number is +359 2 964 1111 and our office hours are Monday-Friday, 09:00-18:00 Eastern european time.

VISA Travel Team



Participants from the USA please contact exclusively:

Lyon Travel
999 Putney Road, P. O. Box 6179
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-
Toll Free Telephone Number: 800-639-3849
General Office Tel.: 1-802-254-6033
Fax: 1-802-254-6123



Transfer from airport to hotel

Do you qualify for free transfer between airport and hotel?

To get a free transfer, you must:

  1. Book your accommodation through the preferred agent for the Congress: Visa travel
  2. Either a) book and pay for your accommodation before 28th of February
    or b) book and pay for your stay with these details: check in 24.04.07 and check out 29.04.07




Hotel Rodina

* * * *

Location: near the National Palace of Culture and city centre. See map
Rooms: 500 (plus 6 luxury apartments)
Facilities: : Restaurants, Night Club, Sport Center, Casino, Lobby bar, Internet room, Dry cleaning.
Basic rooms: €28 Single / €38 Double
Luxury rooms: €55 Single / €75 Double
Deluxe rooms: €65 Single / €85 Double

Book with SIETAR Europa's partners Visa Travel to get free transfer to and from the airport and a lot of extra personal attention.



Hotel Crystal Palace

Hotel Crystal Palace
* * * *

Location: In the ideal center
Rooms: 63
Rates: €95 Single / €115 Double (includes VAT, buffet-breakfast, insurance, parking slot, gym)
Facilities: Car parking, Restaurant, 2 bars, business club, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Ironing, Gymnasium, Sauna, Solarium, Steam bath, Jacuzzi, etc.

Book with SIETAR Europa's partners Visa Travel to get free transfer to and from the airport and a lot of extra personal attention.




Radisson SAS Hotel

Radisson SAS Hotel
* * * * *

Location: in the heart of Sofia
Rooms: 136
Rates: €130 Single / €150 Double
Facilities: 2 Restaurants, Fitness club, sauna, Free Wireless Internet, laundry & dry cleaning, non-smoking rooms, Satellite and Pay TV

Book with SIETAR Europa's partners Visa Travel to get free transfer to and from the airport and a lot of extra personal attention.



Grand Hotel Sofia

Grand Hotel Sofia
* * * * *

Location: in the heart of Sofia
Rooms: 109
Rates: €130 Single / €150 Double
Facilities: Business center, Executive Lounge, Concierge services, Valet Car Parking, Laundry & Dry cleaning, Health & Beauty center, Hair style studio, Boutique, Sauna, Solarium, Massage, Body treatment, Aromatherapy, Steam Bath, Infra red cabin, Jacuzzi

Book with SIETAR Europa's partners Visa Travel to get free transfer to and from the airport and a lot of extra personal attention.




At the congress you'll be able to pick up a list of recommended restaurants. ELC Ltd, SIETAR Europa's official partner in Bulgaria for the congress organization, will provide a list of selected restaurants in Sofia including directions of how to get there, prices and recommended menu.

The approximate price of a dinner including salad, main dish and a drink would be less than €15 per person. There are as well nice pizza restaurants and salad bars where it is possible to dine for less than €10.



Payment charges

Payment method



Bank Transfer


You pay the transfer charges

Online payment


3.0% fee



€0 (French accounts)
€20 (Accounts outside France)

Payment by cheque

  • Cheques must be in Euros
  • Cheques from bank accounts outside France, add € 20. All bank charges must be covered by you, not by SIETAR-EUROPA.
  • You can fill in the online participant registration form, so that you do not need to send any registration form with your cheque,
    you can print off the Word version of the participant registration form, fill it in on-screen or by hand, and send it with your cheque
  • Write the name of the participant(s) on the back of your cheque
  • Send to:
    SIETAR EUROPA Christine Longé
    Domaine de l'Argentière E / 637 Bd de la Tavernière
    06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
    Tel/Fax: ++44 870 121 7440



Bank transfers

  • Complete the transfer form that your bank requires and send it to your bank. Then send a copy to:
    SIETAR Europa Congress
    c/o Christine LONGÉ
    L'Argentière Bât E, 637 bd Tavernière
    06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
  • Please remit the amount in Euros with your registration form (if you have not already submitted the form electronically) to:
    00010053243 at BNP Paribas,
    426 avenue de Cannes,
    06210 Mandelieu-La Napoule
    FRANCE (01738).
    IBAN FR76 3000 4017 3800 0100 5324 373.
  • Please mark the payment “SIETAR Europa congress 2007” and give your full name.
  • Make sure to include any bank charges due to the bank transfer service to the amount of the fee. If your bank transfer causes SIETAR-EUROPA to pay additional banking charges, the additional payment will be requested at the congress registration desk.



Credit card payment (offline)

The SIETAR Europa office is ready to take your payment now. You can give your credit card details:

  • by fax on ++44 870 121 7440
  • by mail at
    SIETAR Europa Congress
    c/o Christine LONGÉ
    L'Argentière Bât E, 637 bd Tavernière
    06210 Mandelieu la Napoule

Please use our credit card payment form, or a letter including the following information:

  • Payment method (which card, for example Mastercard, Visa)
  • Card Number
  • Security code
  • Expiry date (month and year)
  • Cardholder's name, exactly as it appears on the card
  • Cardholder's full address (exactly as it appears on credit card statements)
  • Congress participant's name and email address




Bring a friend and get a 10% discount

This is a SIETAR Europa offer to members and their friends.

If you are a member of any SIETAR, not yet registered for the SE congress 2007, and you bring a non-member friend with you to the congress, we'll give you both a 10% discount.

How to get your "intercultural friend" discount: Write to the SIETAR Europa Office, giving your SIETAR organisation and the names and email addresses of you and your non-member friend. We'll send you a discount code which you can both use when registering. Discounts are only available to SIETAR members with non-member friends who are both not yet registered for the congress. Remember to contact the SIETAR Europa office to get your discount code before you register.



Credit card payment (online)

The payment will be handled by WorldPay, a secure and easy way to pay online.




Sales tax

There is no sales tax (VAT) to pay on SIETAR services.




Join SIETAR and get the member rate

  1. Pay the member rate
  2. Join your national SIETAR (read more)
  3. Send a copy of your membership documents to Christine Longé at the address above

If you do not send your membership documents, you will be asked to pay the balance up to the non-member rate at the congress registration desk.

Existing members of national SIETARs do not need to send proof of membership.




What the congress fee includes

  • participation in the main congress
  • congress-materials
  • lunch ("sit-down" meal with coffee)
  • refreshments during coffee breaks
  • cocktail party on 25 April
  • free internet access on the congress site

What the congress fee DOES NOT include



Gala event

Our traditional end-of-congress dinner with a sophisticated meal and entertainment. Read more in the Highlights section.





Reduced rate congress fee

Those needing financial assistance may apply for a reduced rate by submitting a letter with their application stating their financial need. Please note that if you pay the reduced rate before having your application for the reduced rate approved by the congress committee, you may be asked to pay the difference between the reduced rate and the standard rate. However, if your application is later approved, you will have nothing further to pay.

Please address letters to:

Congress Committee
SIETAR EUROPA Christine Longé
Domaine de l'Argentière E / 637 Bd de la Tavernière
06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
Tel/Fax: ++44 870 121 7440




Ten best papers from Central and Eastern Europe to get free congress participation

Papers from the following countries will automatically be entered into our Central and Eastern European competition. The ten best (judged by the Programme Committee) will get their congress participation free.

Click here to see a list of qualifying countries



Presenter discount

If your paper is selected for the congress, you will be entitled to congress participation at a 20% discount. You should pay by bank transfer or cheque. Discounted congress fees are not available for online payment.


Early bird prices

Prices rise on 1 February. See the registration page for full price details.



All prices are based on a group of 10 or more participants (except the Sofia tour). If fewer than 10 participants join, these prices will increase and particpants will be informed on the day of the tour before paying.

Click here to see the tours



For cancellations notified before February 25th, a refund less 10% will be made

and before March 25th, a refund less 25% will be made.

No refund can be made after March 25th.


Useful links:


Republic of Bulgaria, Council of Ministers

National Assembly

News from South Eastern Europe including Bulgaria

The leading Bulgarian daily newspaper with an English Section

Online news from Bulgaria


Bulgarian National History Museum

Boyna Church, UNESCO Monument in Sofia

History of Bulgaria

Bulgarian UNESCO monuments

Archaeological site featuring one of the most astonishing latest findings in Bulgaria

Site with information and a lot of pictures on the Thracian gold mask and other treasures discovered in the summer 2004 in the Valley of the Thracian Kings in Central Bulgaria


Sofia Municipality

Sofia University

History, sightseeing, maps, etc for the capital of Bulgaria

National Opera – Sofia

Sofia Hotels

Cultural Guide to Sofia’s Cultural Institutions and Events , Clubs, Restaurants, Night Life


Bulgarian National Parks

Rila National Park

Central Balkan National Park

Pirin National Park


Cheap Flights to Bulgaria (mainly overseas)

About Bulgaria with a lot of pictures from all over the country

Very good site for Sofia with useful info on culture, history, transport, sports, medical, airlines, etc.

Tourist service and useful info

Info from the Dnevnik newspaper (banks, restaurants, emergency numbers, etc.)


Payment feedback:

Help us improve our payment process

If you've had a problem paying for a SIETAR Europa service you can report it here and give us your feedback. The troubleshooting area may give you immediate help with your problem.


My card was refused by PayPal

Our online payments are handled by PayPal which accepts cards from 45 countries. If your credit card account is not in one of those countries, you cannot payonline. Please use an offline method. See a list of the 45 countries.

I am required to wait for an "expanded use" number in my next credit card statement.

If you are spending €750 via PayPal for the first time, PayPal will do a security check. This requires you to pay US$ 1.95 (you will get it back as a PayPal credit soon). When this small payment appears on your credit card statement, you wil see an expanded use number, which you must enter (once only) when you make your next PayPal purchase. If you are paying €750 for the first time and you cannot wait until your next credit card statement, you should use an offline method.

I don't want to join PayPal

If you are spending less than €750 you can make a simple payment via PayPal. The company will not create an account for you, or save your personal information. It will be a once-only transaction. When you pay more than €750, you must create a PayPal account. There are no fees (apart from the US$1.95 payment which will be returned to you as a credit) and you can close your PayPal account any time.

If you still have a payment problem, click here to report it.





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