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VirtualTourist Partners With Contiki Vacations To Launch Blogger Press Pass Program

LOS ANGELES and ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  VirtualTourist.com, a leading online travel research site and travel community, and Contiki Vacations, the worldwide leader in fun travel packages for 18-35's, announced today they have teamed up to offer Contiki members the exclusive opportunity to become a VirtualTourist (VT) Blogger Press Pass holder.  The pass helps qualified and approved VT bloggers gain special access to media-only events and places.

"For the aspiring travel writer, VirtualTourist is a great place to blog about travel experiences as well as write about vacation tips and reviews all while receiving exposure to a large audience, both domestically and internationally," said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com. "Contiki's audience of younger, passionate travelers who are known for being active online is a perfect partner for launching this program."

Contiki travelers who sign up for VT and write about their past travel adventures can apply for the Blogger Press Pass.

"Through Contiki, our travelers return as passionate travel advocates," said Greg Fischbein, President of Contiki Vacations.  "With the VirtualTourist Blogger Press Pass, they have exclusive access to media events and a dedicated outlet to share their experiences – a fantastic opportunity with value for all."

Contiki Travelers have from September 10 through the end of the year to meet the minimum requirements to apply for the Blogger Press Pass.  For more information on the Blogger Press Pass Program, please visit http://members.virtualtourist.com/bloggerpass/intro/ or http://blog.contiki.com/VTpresspass

About VirtualTourist.com    VirtualTourist.com® is one of the largest online travel communities in the world and a premier resource for travelers seeking an insider perspective. Boasting close to 2 million travel reviews and over 4 million photos of 61,000 destinations worldwide from 1.3 million members, VirtualTourist ( http://www.virtualtourist.com) attracts 8 million unique visitors per month. Unbiased, respected, insider advice on Hotels, Things to Do, Transportation, Favorites and more is posted entirely by VirtualTourist's membership from more than 220 countries and territories. Virtual Tourist is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands, and together the sites attract more than 69 million unique monthly visitors.* TripAdvisor's travel media brands include www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.comwww.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

VirtualTourist, VirtualTourist.com and the VirtualTourist logo are trademarks of VirtualTourist.com, Inc.  TripAdvisor is a trademark of TripAdvisor, LLC.  Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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