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TRAVEL LOG

July 16, 1995|By Ronnell M. Maybank

Internet reservations

The Holiday Inn has made booking accommodations simple with its recent entrance onto the Internet.

Users can find descriptions of the chain's worldwide properties, check rates and locations and reserve a room with a credit card -- all through the Internet. There is also information on current promotions and bonus programs on Holiday Inn's "home page," its location on the Internet.

Although the chain did not advertise the opening of the site on the computer network's World Wide Web, about 5,000 computer users found it in its first 90 minutes of operation, the company told Travel Weekly.

Users can access the Holiday Inn home page at http:/wwww.holiday-inn.com.

Get your shots

Travelers should pay more attention to updating their immunizations before taking trips abroad, according to JoAnne Gottridge, director of international travel medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

Diphtheria and tetanus top Ms. Gottridge's list of shots to update. She also recommends a polio booster, hepatitis B immunization and a gamma globulin shot or vaccine for hepatitis bTC A. Other immunizations that might be advised according to destination and length of time in the country are for typhoid, meningitis, rabies and Japanese encephalitis. Drugs to prevent malaria may also be considered, she said.

"Travelers are often told that the only immunization required by the World Health Organization is for yellow fever in certain areas, which may give them a false sense of security. Just because other immunizations aren't required, doesn't mean they're not recommended or advised," said Ms. Gottridge.

For more information about vaccination requirements and immunizations, call the Center For Disease Control International Travelers' hot line at (404) 332-4559.

Z-car celebration

Atlanta is calling all Z-cars to the Nissan 1995 National "Z-Car" Convention July 25-30. This celebration will mark the 25th anniversary of the Z-car's arrival to the United States.

The public and Z-car owners are invited to attend scheduled events highlighting a "beauty pageant," a road rally through North Georgia, a solo autocross at Road Atlanta and the car show at Gwinnet Civic Center.

For more information about registration fees for participating, call (212) 421-9770.

Mickey Mouse weddings

The Walt Disney World Resort has become more than a traditional vacation spot or honeymoon site -- couples can now march to matrimony at Disney's Wedding Pavilion.

The pavilion is built on a private island at Disney World and accommodates everything from a large-scale wedding with more than 250 guests to intimate gatherings of two. Receptions include themes from "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and Cinderella's Ball, in which the the bride arrives in Cinderella's glass carriage drawn by six white ponies, and a 60-foot tall replica of Cinderella Castle with twinkling lights serves as the backdrop for the reception.

For more information about Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, call (407) 828-3400. Fairs and Festivals 1995" is a guide to craft events in the Northeast and Southeast that lists more than 1,000 fairs and festivals in 27 states. The book is $12.50, plus $4.25 for shipping and handling, from the Arts Extension Service, 604 Goodell Building, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. 01003. Credit-card orders can be placed by calling (413) 545-2360.

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