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New Travel Social Network Brings Travelers & Travel Experts Together

MIAMI ̶ NOV. 5, 2009 ̶ David Paul Appell, co-founder and CEO of, the travel social network the New York Post recently dubbed "Facebook for travelers," today announced that British celebrity mixologist Andy Pearson will work his magic for Tripatini members and guests attending the site's pre-World Travel Market cocktail soirée to be held at London's swank Royal Horseguards Hotel Monday, Nov. 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Launched in summer 2009, breaks down the traditional barriers that have stood between travelers and travel journalists, publicists, agents, vendors, and anyone else with good, actionable info. With a user-friendly interface, the online travel community combines fun content ̶ destination spotlights; user-generated blogs, photo and video galleries; travel news feeds; an events calendar; world music videos; and a far-ranging weekly travel blog ̶ with a smart, eclectic and fast-growing network of members from dozens of countries and territories around the world.

Says Appell: "We're honored to have a mixologist of Andy Pearson's standing mix at our World Travel Market cocktail party, and it's an honor our members and guests will certainly appreciate." Pearson, who won the 2007 United Kingdom Bartenders Guild National Cocktail Competition, finished in the top five at the IBA World Cocktail Competition. In 2008 he appeared at number 25 in Theme Magazine's list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the bar industry. He also appears regularly on the BBC2 television show "Something For The Weekend."

Tripatini's cocktail soirée, which brings together site members and guests from places as diverse as Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Romania, Ireland, United Kingdom, Egypt, Dubai, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Greenland, the Caribbean, and the United States, provides an opportunity to network face-to-face in the Terrace Room of the Royal Horseguards Hotel, recently refurbished and re-launched as London's latest 5-star property. Journalists and WTM participants wishing to attend should RSVP by e-mail or directly on site.

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Editor's Notes: Interviews and photographs available upon request.

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New York Post / New York, NY

"[Tripatini] connects travelers in need with professionals who can help. (...) I'm simply impressed ̶ enormously impressed ̶ by it."
Arthur Frommer on / New York, NY

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Nayaz Noor, CEO, / Secunderabad, India

"Much cooler than 90% of new travel sites..."
Max Hartshorne, Editor of / South Deerfield, MA

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Laurie McKenzie, McKenzies' Trails West / Cline, Alberta, Canada

"Potentially a fantastic backdoor route for scoring expert advice from the people who travel and explore for a living!"
Alistair Wearmouth on, 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 fabulous site!"
Sharon Spence Lieb, Travel Journalist / Charleston, SC

"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 participating."
Carol Fravel, Travel Agent / San Jose, CA

"This is a beautiful website. 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 connections."
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

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David Paul Appell, Founder and CEO, enjoying a glass of horchata in Valencia, Spain.

José Balido, Co-Founder and President, at the Coliseum in Rome. is a fully-owned subsidiary of EnLinea, LLC, a South Florida-based developer of innovative online social networks. For more information, please visit or contact José Balido ( or David Paul Appell (

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