TUG 2003 NEWS 1a: Friday February 7, 2003

Deadline for trying to obtain Group Travel Discount Rates 
extended to March 31, 2003  

TO:     TUG 2003 Speakers & Participants

RE:     Travel to Hawaii via US Gateways
        Travel Consultant: Gina Robles  Protravel International Inc
        New Email Address: grobles@protravelinc.com
DT:     Friday, February 7, 2003

Dear Friends of TeX and TUG 2003 Participants

We are looking forward to seeing you in Hawaii for the TUG 2003
Silver Jubilee Conference. (http://www.tug.org/tug2003/)

Please remember to register as soon as possible,
Deadline:  April 19, 2003 for the group hotel discount rate,
        which is valid for stays from July 16 - 28, 2003
        at the Outrigger Resort, newly renamed:
        Waikoloa Beach Mariott, an Outrigger Resort.

A tentative list of speakers and presentations is at
showing the range of topics and titles of talks, workshops, and posters.
Abstracts and a Program Schedule will be posted as soon as possible.
This should  be a very interesting and exciting conference.

For travel via US gateways, it may be possible to arrange for a group
discount rate on airfares for US domestic travel  to KOA (Kona
International Airport) Big Island, Hawaii with United Airlines.
Pricing is by zones (e.g., Arizona, California, New York, Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania  Oregon, Utah,  Texas, Vermont, etc.).

The condition for obtaining a group discount rate is that at least 25
tickets must be sold to TUG 2003 participants, friends, and companions,
from anywhere in  the USA to Kona (KOA) Airport between the dates 
July 16 to July 28, 2003. All flights go through LAX or SFO.

The cost for California travel, for example, would be $600.00 USD at
present. (If regular fares go down, negotiations to lower the group rate
will be made.) Rates for other zones will vary. At the time of booking the
travel agent will check on the *lowest* available fare and compare it
with the group rates to get you the best price.

Please contact travel consultant:

    grobles@protravelinc.com       --- NEW EMAIL ADDRESS 

    Protravel International Inc.
    119 West California Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    +1 (626) 796-4448 tel
    +1 (800) 481-7774 toll free
    +1 (626) 844-3055 fax 

as soon as possible and *no later than February 28, 2003* for more 
details. A group rate will be established if enough people show 
interest in using this service.

Gina is also willing to assist you with any travel arrangements
(airline, car_rental) and will try to get you the best fares possible.

ProTravel also sells *Hawaii fly/drive* packages including car rental with
airfare.  If you want to rent a car, this is a good deal.

Hawaii and the South Pacific are popular destinations this year because
of the current tense world situation.  So book your trip  early!

Aloha!  See you in Hawaii at TUG 2003!

Wendy McKay
TUG 2003 Organizing Committee

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