Monaco Within Your Means: New Online Auction Offers Travelers Exclusive Deals at Exceptional Rates Up to Half Off Retail Value

Travelers need not sacrifice savings to enjoy the best of Monaco. The quest for the ultimate vacation bargain this holiday season now begins with a bid. The Monaco Government Tourist Office and Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco launches today a new website that is certain to change the way Riviera-bound travelers plan their vacations: MonacoAuction.com.  MonacoAuction.com marks the first premiere travel auction marketplace on the Internet dedicated to luxury travel within the Principality.  Le Club’s close relationship with elite properties and vacation providers help users win incredible, world-class vacations at the best possible price. New users are encouraged to REGISTER ONLINE FREE and enter an exclusive raffle for a chance to WIN A STAY for two in Monte-Carlo with no blackout periods or trip restrictions.  Travel any time of the year – even during the famous 2004 Monaco Grand Prix, the world’s most spectacular auto race.

“We aspire to boost tourism in Monaco, increase awareness of travel companies with products to the Principality and, above all, enhance Monaco’s accessibility by allowing travelers to set their own price,” said Maguy Maccario-Doyle, Director, North America, Monaco Government Tourist Office, “Monaco Auction is a winning solution for both budget-mindful travelers and travel providers who seek to gain more exposure in North America.”

MonacoAuction.com offers bidders a chance to win packages at significant savings not available anywhere else, not even through the hotels directly.  For example, a trip up for auction is an incredible 2-night stay this holiday season (NOV 01 – DEC 29, 2003) at the four star deluxe Monte Carlo Grand Hotel. The package, limited in number, includes Continental breakfast served by room service or in restaurant, complimentary access to the hotel Fitness Center with heated swimming pool and sightseeing with a hotel minibus. Opening bids start at $350 US Dollars – a savings of over fifty percent!  Monaco Auction secures excess travel inventory from leading travel providers, legendary Monégasque hotels including Columbus Monaco, Hôtel de Paris, Hôtel Hermitage, Le Méridien Beach Plaza and Monte Carlo Grand Hotel, exquisite resorts and spas, cruise lines and tour operators, and packages it into exciting online auctions for a fraction of retail cost.

Consumers with flexible travel plans can browse the auctions and bid only as much as they are willing to pay for the offered travel packages; the highest bid wins. Le Club offers distinct travel and luxury products every 10 days. Custom technology enables seamless inventory management, auction scheduling, customer fulfillment, and a secure site providing the consumer with great value and service.

With a simple click of a mouse, travelers conveniently bid online on a cruise or a hotel package to the Mediterranean.  You do not have to be a member of Le Club to bid at Monaco Auction. All are welcome to register online free for a chance to browse and/or participate in auctions, learn of upcoming auctions, and win a free, fun-filled getaway to Monaco.  Each bidder will have approximately 10 days to secure the product.  The winner is notified at the close of each auction and charged the amount of the final bid. 

About Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco (“Le Club”)

Sophisticated travelers recognize Le Club as the ultimate gateway into the Principality and beyond. Founded in 1994, Le Club is a VIP, value-added card for travelers to Monaco offered exclusively through the Monaco Government Tourist Office in New York.  To date Le Club boasts nearly 8,000 members and 100 partners in the United States and around the world.

Through membership, travelers are given preferential treatment throughout the Principality and enjoy exclusive benefits at an exceptional value. A one-year Classic membership for $55 includes: hotel room upgrade (based on availability); one complimentary helicopter transfer from or to Nice International Airport (valued at $75); complimentary admission to all museums (valued at $60) and the Monte-Carlo Casino (valued at $20); special entitlements at the luxurious Les Thermes Marins seawater spa; preferential treatment at Monaco’s finest restaurants; discounted shopping, limousine tour services and rental car rates; VIP privileges and much more. Besides privileges in the Principality, members also receive singular benefits while at home such as exclusive invitations to spectacular U.S.-based events, newsletters and updates to the fabulous happenings in Monaco.

 About the Principality of Monaco

Ideally situated in the heart of Europe along the French and Italian Rivieras, Monaco endures as a first-class vacation destination. Monte-Carlo, its most famous district, attracts pleasure seekers from around the globe to its casinos, landmarks, museums and grand Belle Époque buildings. Monaco’s reputation as a fairytale destination is furthered by its rich culture and tradition of catering to those who appreciate the finer things in life.

For more information on the Principality of Monaco, Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco, or Monaco Auction, please contact the Monaco Government Tourist Office at 565 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017; telephone (800) 753-9696 or (212) 286-3330; or e-mail info@visitmonaco.com.  Information is also available via the MTGO web site at www.visitmonaco.com

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