thanks for your repsonses.
OK, if it's effectively a "grey market" import, then I just have to decide if I want to take the risk, though for the savings it could be well worth it.
I checked with Adorama and B&H and they both said that they would ship to hotel rooms, I just had to contact them before the order to give them a head's up so that they didn't reject the order.
Thanks for the point about "foreign" credit cards - will check that out!
all the best,
You're credit card will also likely charge you a foreign currency exchange transaction. Don't know how you'd get around that. American Express travelers cheques that you mail them next day? I dunno...