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Whl.travel network expanding to 100 countries worldwide

Whl.travel network expanding to 100 countries worldwide (Forimmediaterelease.net) .Travel congratulates whl.travel on its continuing success and its recent announcement that it’s expanding into more than 100 countries worldwide. Catering to independent and experiential travelers headed off the beaten path, whl.travel is a network of grassroots tourism professionals who own and operate booking sites for accommodations and tours in their local markets. By only choosing whl.travel partners that clearly care about their customers, staff, suppliers, and the destination, whl.travel provides travelers with real travel experiences that engage, enrich, and inspire by connecting them to the special character of a place, unlike the “fast food” experience with many other travel organizations.

“We are growing a critical mass of .travel sites and seeing real success,” commented Ethan Gelber, media liaison for whl.travel. “These sites are part of one of the largest online booking networks that taps into the strengths of local tourism experts who, alone, are local leaders, but together have become a forceful global presence for the right kind of tourism, bringing to major markets all the local opportunities that can have such a positive impact on hosts and visitors. .Travel provides whl.travel with a clear message and instant validation of being a global travel provider.”

With destinations from South Africa, to Brazil, to Greece, and Indonesia, whl.travel is not only a powerful network of great breadth and depth, but also award winning. Whl.travel was recently revealed as one of five winners of “Globetrotting for Good – The Condé Nast Traveler Challenge," as well as a finalist in the Responsible Travel category of TravelMole’s Web Awards 2009. With attention drawn through these contests and clients’ reviews, whl.travel and its new affiliate in Santa Marta, Colombia will be featured in the September 2009 “Power of Place" issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

For travelers who want to connect with a destination while booking with locals who really care about their compatriots, communities, culture, and environment, visit www.whl.travel or subscribe to its blog via RSS at www.whl.travel/blog/.

For more information on registering your .travel domain name or news on other .travel community members, visit www.travel.travel.

About .travel

.Travel is the top-level domain created specifically for the travel and tourism industry. Any participant in the travel industry may own a .travel name. Unlike other top level domains such as .com or .org, relevant content must be published on each .travel site within a year of purchase. For more information on .travel, “The Source for All Things Travel," please visit www.travel.travel.

About whl.travel

Whl.travel uses an innovative approach to online travel bookings. It trades in authentic travel experiences and keeping things local by focusing on small, grassroots hotels, guesthouses, and tour operators, particularly, but not exclusively, in developing countries where it can really make a difference. The whl.travel conviction is that doing good is good business. As of mid-July 2009, whl.travel spanned 174 destinations in 79 countries, with further expansion into approximately 100 destinations (including 23 new countries) in the coming months.

.travel Heidi Siefkas-Cassemiro Phone: (954) 769-5970 Email: heidi@travel.travel whl.travel Ethan Gelber Phone: +61 401 520 571 (Australia) Email: ethan@whl.travel

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