GO-LO.NET, FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SOCIAL NETWORK
WITH TRAVEL MEDIA AND INDUSTRY INSIDERS, REBRANDS AS
New name & look offer fun, friends, free professional
advice, and value at all price points
MIAMI ̶ OCT. 22, 2009 ̶
David Paul Appell, co-founder and CEO
of EnLinea, LLC, a Miami-based developer of innovative social
networks, today announced the rebranding of formerly
budget-oriented travel social network Go-Lo.net as Tripatini.com to
reflect a broader concept focusing on travel at all price points.
Launched in summer 2009, Tripatini breaks down the traditional
barriers that have stood between travelers and travel journalists,
publicists, agents, vendors, and anyone else with good, actionable
Appell, a longtime travel journalist and former travel magazine
editor, explained: "We're getting fabulous response from both the
travel media and trade as well as the general public, but our
original name, reflecting a focus on budget travel primarily, was
proving too limiting. Today we choose "Tripatini" not just because
it sounds more fun -- a potent, sophisticated cocktail of travel --
but because it more clearly telegraphs "travel" and is more
welcoming, inclusive, and versatile."
Adds EnLinea President José Balido, "Our slogan, 'Mix It Up With
the Travel Experts,' means that members get to 'hang out' online
not just with other travelers (there are other Web sites for that),
but also with industry insiders, whether a travel journalist from
New Delhi, a world-renowned adventure tour operator, a high-powered
travel agent specializing in honeymoons, or representatives from
major hotels, airlines, and tourist boards that presently include
Britain, Colombia, Israel, Minnesota, and Toronto, among many
With a user-friendly interface, the online travel community the New
York Post recently dubbed "Facebook for travelers" combines fun
content ̶ destination spotlights; user-generated photo and video
galleries; travel news feeds; an events calendar; weekly polls;
world music videos with commentary; and a far-ranging weekly travel
blog ̶ with a smart, eclectic and fast-growing network of members
from more than 65 countries/territories around the world thus far,
including Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia,
Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada,
Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai/UAE,
Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia,
Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia,
Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts/Nevis, Sudan,
Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago,
Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay,
Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. They're all travel enthusiasts, but many
are also travel journalists, travel agents, tour operators, airline
reps, hoteliers, and marketers.
Members participate in more than 270 groups dedicated to all 50
U.S. states and most countries around the world, as well as travel
topics including eco/sustainable tourism, family travel,
honeymoons/weddings, gay/lesbian, movies & travel, travel with
pets, wine, foreign-language and culture clubs,
history/archaeology, singles travel, and much more. Most of these
groups even list specific members qualified to advise on that
destination or topic. What could be cooler than getting up-to-date
info from an Auckland journalist about your upcoming trip to New
Zealand, a couple of tips from a fellow traveler, and a rundown of
fare options from a Kiwi-specialist travel agent, all in one place?
And you might even make a friend or two along the way!
Tripatini also has dedicated groups for travel media, travel
agents, tour operators, and travel publicists, and a random
sampling of other members includes representatives from: Colombia
Tourism, Finnair, German National Tourist Office, Kimpton,
Lufthansa, Air Seychelles, Mandarin Oriental, Minnesota Tourism,
Mississippi Tourism, Netherlands Tourist Board, NYC & Company,
Portugal Tourism, Ritz-Carlton, SAS, South Carolina Tourism, Visit
Britain, and Visit Florida, among others. All are ready and willing
to help fellow members upon request.
Says Appell, "In an age when both travel and the print media are
facing enormous pressures, we hope to create new outreach
opportunities for both ̶ and help people keep exploring their
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Editor's Notes: Interviews available upon request.
"[Tripatini] connects travelers in need with professionals who can
help. (...) I'm simply impressed ̶ enormously impressed ̶ by
Arthur Frommer on www.frommers.com
/ New York, NY
"FACEBOOK for travelers. That's the aim of Tripatini, a social
networking site of, for and by travelers - from writers to flight
attendants and travel agents - focusing on over 250 global
New York Post / New York, NY
"I love Tripatini better than Trip Advisor!"
Nayaz Noor, CEO, Safirtours.biz / Secunderabad, India
"Potentially a fantastic backdoor route for scoring expert advice
from the people who travel and explore for a living!"
Alistair Wearmouth on Away.com, Travel Editor / Washington, DC
"By the time they reach their first million members, [Tripatini]
can become a good promotional vehicle."
Chris Robles, Director of Marketing for the Brunei Tourism
Development Department / Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
"Fantastic concept for the travel industry - will be sure to invite
all our colleagues in Australia and NZ."
Tess Willcox, Senior Account Manager at World Resorts of
Distinction / QLD, Australia
"I love Tripatini and always get great travel ideas from your
Sharon Spence Lieb, Travel Journalist / Charleston, SC
"Much cooler than 90% of new travel sites..."
Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNomad.com / South Deerfield, MA
"Great idea and vision, for everyone who travels....anywhere."
Patricia Aitken, Travel Agent / Eagle Point, OR
"It's great to see someone doing something proactive instead of
just whining about the state of the travel industry!"
Alan Solomon, Travel Journalist / Chicago, IL
"I am very excited about this site and am looking forward to
Carol Fravel, Travel Agent / San Jose, CA
"This is a beautiful website (if that's the right word). I'll use
some of the information in my Travel Tips column."
Betty Austin-Ware, Travel Journalist / Fort Mill, SC
"A great organization for quality travel & culinary
Leigh Cort, Publicist / Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
"I am a hold-out -- have resisted joining any other online
networking site -- no MySpace or Facebook for me. :-) "
Sharon Rooney, Publicist / Windsor, CA
"What a great site for resources!"
Tanja Rieck, Travel Agent / Redwood City, CA
All images ©2010 by Tripatini.com.
David Paul Appell, Founder and CEO, enjoying a glass of
in Valencia, Spain.
José Balido, Co-Founder and President, at the Coliseum in Rome.
Tripatini.com is a fully-owned subsidiary of EnLinea, LLC, a South
Florida-based developer of innovative online social networks. For
more information, please visit www.Tripatini.com
or contact José
) or David Paul Appell (David@Tripatini.com