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VirtualTourist Opens Public Voting For 8th Wonder Of The World

LOS ANGELES, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group, announced today that public voting is now open to crown the " 8th Wonder of the World."

With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in nominations, the public is asked to vote for their favorite out of the more than 300 submissions. Voters can visit www.virtualtourist.com to vote and have until September 30 to do so. The wonder with the most votes will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program, as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

To help nominees get votes, VirtualTourist has created free, embeddable voting widgets that nominators can place on their websites. Tourism bureaus can create their own by visiting www.virtualtourist.com/widget/8thwonder.

Additionally, one winner will receive a trip for two consisting of round-trip economy class tickets to Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles via Air Pacific, soon to be Fiji Airways. Members of VirtualTourist can win a seven-night all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji, an exclusive resort located on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands of Fiji. Approximate value of the prize is $12,440. Each entrant must be a member of VirtualTourist and a U.S. resident. To enter, sign up for free at http://members.virtualtourist.com/8thwonderfijitrip.  Enter until June 14, 2013. This "Passion in Paradise" trip giveaway is courtesy of Tourism Fiji, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji, Air Pacific/Fiji Airways, VirtualTourist and TV''s "Extra."

For more information, visit www.virtualtourist.com.

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.

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 20 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.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.comwww.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.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, April 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 

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