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IGLTA Tripping Network Gives LGBT Travelers an Easy Way to Connect

Sunday May 15, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO (May, 2011) - Tripping, a social travel site with members in more than 100 countries, announced the launch of the IGLTA Tripping Network, a platform that allows LGBT travelers to connect with each other for conversation, shared cups of coffee and even home stays all around the world. The site is free and its mission is to make the world a better place through cultural exchange.

Built on a social networking platform, Tripping gives travelers a safe and easy way to meet local people who are interested in meeting up for a drink, showing them around and even providing a spare room or sofa. As LGBT travelers can sometimes face additional challenges and safety issues, Tripping is dedicated to providing LGBT travelers with a safe space to connect with other LGBT travelers, businesses and locals all over the world.

Keeping members safe is a top priority, therefore Tripping offers a wide range of safety mechanisms through its TripSafe Program, including references, anonymous ratings, video validation and an emergency hotline for all its members.

"Imagine traveling to a new country and being welcomed by locals who introduce you to their favorite LGBT-friendly spots and even invite you into their homes to share a meal or sleep in their spare room," said Jen O’Neal, Co-Founder and CEO of Tripping. "Tripping is all about facilitating cross-cultural connections and we’re excited to offer members of the LGBT community a safe way to connect with each other all around the globe."

IGLTA, as the leading global organization dedicated to connecting businesses in the LGBT tourism industry, is also excited to provide its members with a new, safe and easy way to connect while traveling.

"Imagine traveling to a new country and being welcomed by locals who introduce you to their favorite LGBT-friendly spots and even invite you into their homes to share a meal or sleep in their spare room."

"One of our primary goals for fall 2011 and beyond is to grow our database of gay and lesbian travelers and help them to more easily connect with our LGBT-welcoming member businesses," says John Tanzella, President/CEO of IGLTA. "This partnership is an excellent opportunity to grow our IGLTA travel community on a global scale while bringing our members together, both online and in person."

Tripping, headquartered in San Francisco, is a social travel site that gives travelers a safe and easy way to connect with local people for conversation, shared cups of coffee and homestays. The company was founded in 2009 by Jen O’Neal and Nate Weisiger, who were among the first employees at StubHub, an online marketplace later acquired by eBay. Tripping’s mission is to make the world a better place through cultural exchange.

IGLTA is the leading global organization dedicated to connecting businesses in the LGBT tourism industry. Its membership spans more than 85 countries and consists of accommodations, airlines, tour operators, travel agents, destinations, media and other key players in tourism. The association was founded in 1983.

Find the Tripping IGLTA Network at https://www.tripping.com/network/iglta

For more information, please visit https://www.tripping.com.

For more information, visit www.iglta.org and follow us at www.facebook.com/iglta, www.twitter.com/iglta, and www.foursquare.com/iglta.

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