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Ask A Travel Expert links travelers to industry professionals

eTN Staff Writer  May 11, 2010

MIAMI, FL — target="_blank">, 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, 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 or There’s also an easy-to-install target="_blank">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,” said 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 added: “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 30 will qualify to win a customized London package. The land-only “London Calling” itinerary includes a two-night stay at the target="_blank">Athenaeum Hotel in London; two one-day adult target="_blank">London Passes for free sightseeing at more than 55 attractions; and dinners for two and a bottle of wine at target="_blank">Circus, a London “performance” restaurant, and at target="_blank">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 target="_blank">Contest Rules for details.

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