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VirtualTourist Announces Quest To Find 8th Wonder Of The World

LOS ANGELES, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group, announced today that it is on the hunt to identify the " 8th Wonder of the World." Tourism Boards are invited to submit a nomination, whether an ancient, natural or manmade landmark from the area they represent, to be voted on by the general public. An American nationally syndicated television program will serve as the exclusive media partner with details on the partnership to be revealed at a later date.  

"Having been around for 15 years, travelers know VirtualTourist as one of the best travel guide resources on the web.  Combined, members and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world," said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com.  "We want to tap into that world knowledge of our members and other site visitors to have them pick the 8 th Wonder of the World."

VirtualTourist (VT) is taking submissions beginning March 18 through May 31, 2013.  Voting will begin June 3 and run through September 27.  The media partner will showcase nominated Wonders during the campaign and will host a live reveal in October. Additionally, the winning wonder will receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

To submit an 8 th Wonder of the World nomination, Tourism Boards simply need to email their submission to 8thWonder@VirtualTourist.com and include the name, location, description in 200 characters or less and one (1) photo (650 minimum height and width). 

For a full timeline, list of benefits and more about the campaign, please visit http://members.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.

About VirtualTourist.comVirtualTourist.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.

About TripAdvisorTripAdvisor ® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under  daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands: 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

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, January 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 

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