Tripatini

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2010.05.11

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ASK A TRAVEL EXPERT LINKS TRAVELERS TO INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Tripatini.com Launches Travel Advice Tool with “London Calling” Sweepstakes

MIAMI—MAY 11, 2010—Tripatini.com, the social network the New York Post called “Facebook for travelers,” kicks off the summer travel season with a new tool that connects travel consumers and industry experts. Through the Ask a Travel Expert feature, Tripatini.com members from around the globe provide valuable information in response to travelers’ toughest questions.

The new tool offers travel industry professionals endless opportunities to establish expertise and build followers for their own products, services, and outlets. Travel consumers walk away with diverse expert travel advice for their next trip.

Ask a Travel Expert is free and simple. To participate, consumers and travel experts can ask and answer questions, as well as follow a live feed of the latest discussion topics, on www.Tripatini.com or www.AskATravelExpert.com. There’s also an easy-to-install widget, convenient for desktop and website use, available on both sites.

“Ask a Travel Expert takes the potential of social networking to a whole new level,” says Tripatini founder and CEO David Paul Appell. “Ultimately, social networks are about communication, and we facilitate communication on the most fundamental and useful level: ask a question, get an answer.”

Tripatini president José Balido adds, “On today’s vastly cluttered Internet, many travelers don’t know where to begin searching for information. Tripatini’s Ask a Travel Expert tool helps travelers cut through the clutter, saving both time and money.”

To promote the new tool, participants who ask or answer a question using the Ask a Travel Expert widget through June 30th will qualify to win a customized London package. The land-only “London Calling” itinerary includes a two-night stay at the Athenaeum Hotel in London; two one-day adult London Passes for free sightseeing at more than 55 attractions; and dinners for two and a bottle of wine at Circus, a London “performance” restaurant, and at Silk, which brings the exotic flavors of the Silk Road to Soho’s Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton hotel. The winner will be randomly selected from the total participation on Ask a Travel Expert. The more questions a participant asks or answers, the more chances to win.*

*Please see our Contest Rules for details.
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About Tripatini.com
Tripatini.com, the social network for travelers and travel experts, boasts a unique international membership base and more than 350 specialized groups. Launched in summer 2009 to eliminate the traditional barriers between travelers, travel journalists, publicists, agents, vendors, and savvy insiders, the site gains new dynamic content, groups and membership daily. Tripatini.com’s community combines travel content such as destination spotlights, user-generated blogs, image galleries and news feeds with a fast-growing network of members to provide unprecedented travel information for all.

About the Sweepstakes Sponsors

The Athenaeum
Known as Mayfair’s Discreet Retreat, The Athenaeum, which recently took top honors at the BT Visit London Awards 2009, has a well-deserved reputation as the home of London’s most personable, professional and friendly hotel staff. The Athenaeum enjoys an unsurpassed London location directly opposite Green Park and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace. It’s a luxury hotel in central London like no other.

Silk
Tucked away in an elegant dining room just off the hotel lobby, the 2009 Michelin recommended Silk restaurant is the culinary and architectural focal point of the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton, boasting a history as rich and colourful as its exotic menu. The combination of Silk's classic courtroom setting and innovative Asian-fusion cuisine, offers a fine-dining experience with unique appeal, quite unlike any other venue in central London in terms of ambience.

Circus
Circus is an innovative combination of West End cocktail bar and London cabaret restaurant set in vibrant Covent Garden, the heart of theatre-land. This London performance restaurant boasts a stylish surrealist interior created by iconic British designer Tom Dixon, which transports you into a decadent world of glamour and escapism from the moment you enter. If you're looking for a brunch or lunch venue in Covent Garden to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world, then Circus is ideal, and the Pan-American menu is sure to please everybody.

London Pass
The London Pass provides free access to more than 55 top attractions in London, with priority entry at the busiest sites to avoid lines. Users also obtain a free guidebook, which includes more than 40 additional deals and discounts.

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

"One of the most frustrating aspects of travel is finding reliable, up-to-date information. Tripatini's Ask a Travel Expert fills that gap."
Gadling.com

"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 locations."
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 www.frommers.com / New York, NY

"A much more powerful tool than Trip Advisor."
Racher Carter, publicist / Charlotte, VT

"I love Tripatini better than Trip Advisor!"
Nayaz Noor, CEO, Safirtours.biz / Secunderabad, India

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

"This is probably the best venue for our social networking efforts in the travel biz."
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 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 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.

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