keeps travelers apprised of Gulf beach and travel conditions


MIAMI, Florida — announced today the launch of the Gulf Coast Travel Update ( ), an online group that provides convenient, centralized information on travel conditions in all the Gulf states affected by the BP oil spill disaster. The group, which forms part of the social network for travelers and travel experts, is accessible via its own URL.

Group visitors will discover a comprehensive list of tourism resources, beach status reports, and oil spill monitoring for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and the general Gulf of Mexico region, thus avoiding the need to check multiple web sites when planning a trip. An aggregated Twitter feed provides minute-by-minute news from Gulf state tourism boards and travel professionals. The group’s discussion forum and comment wall allow travelers to cut through the clutter of the Internet and dialogue with fellow travelers, travel professionals, journalists, and locals to get reliable information on Gulf Coast beach conditions and travel in general.

“Not only does this online group provide reliable Gulf Coast information all in one place, it allows direct dialogue between experts and concerned travelers,” said Tripatini founder and CEO David Paul Appell.

Tripatini President José Balido added, “In today’s busy media landscape, many travelers don’t know where to begin searching for reliable information about current conditions on the Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast Travel Update helps travelers and travel professionals cut through the misinformation.”


Dubbed “Facebook for travelers” by the New York Post, is a social network for travelers and travel experts that 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.’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.