ASK A TRAVEL EXPERT LINKS TRAVELERS TO INDUSTRY
Tripatini.com Launches Travel Advice Tool with “London Calling”
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
. There’s also an
, 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
in London; two one-day adult London Passes
free sightseeing at more than 55 attractions; and dinners for two
and a bottle of wine at Circus
, a London “performance” restaurant, and
, 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
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
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.
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
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.
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
"One of the most frustrating aspects of travel is finding reliable,
up-to-date information. Tripatini's Ask a Travel Expert fills that
"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
"[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
"A much more powerful tool than Trip Advisor."
, 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,
"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
"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. 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.