SOURCE: Access America

Access America

July 12, 2011 08:00 ET

Access America and Travel Social Network Tripatini Embark on Partnership

Collaboration Offers Travel-Themed Contests, Specialized Content and First-Ever Tripatini Media Tweet-Up

RICHMOND, VA and MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - Access America, the world's leading travel insurance provider and a brand of Mondial Assistance, and Tripatini.com, dubbed "Facebook for Travelers" by the New York Post, today announced a partnership designed to engage travelers and travel professionals. The collaboration will create promotional contests and giveaways, Access America-sponsored content on Tripatini, and the first Tripatini Tweet-up for travel media and bloggers.

The Tripatini Travel Trivia Quiz(1) will be live on Tripatini.com July 11 through July 27. Tripatini members and site visitors who take the general knowledge trivia quiz will be entered in a random drawing for a chance to win a $500 airline gift card, a luggage set or a digital camera.

Additionally, Tripatini will showcase a series of article posts about travel insurance, including:

  • 10 reasons to consider travel insurance
  • FAQs about travel insurance
  • Choosing the right travel insurance for you
  • Before offering insurance to your clients (for travel agents)

Travel insurance has become increasingly topical as many recent disruptions, ranging from natural disasters and civil disturbances to crowded flight schedules, have threatened to knock travelers off course.

With travel insurance increasingly entering the discourse among travelers, Access America is sponsoring a Tweet-up for travel media (#AccessAmMeet). The cocktail reception will take place in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, July 28. Travel press and bloggers who wish to attend can R.S.V.P. to info@tripatini.com or find more details by visiting Tripatini's "Media Only" group page.

"Tripatini is a gem of a partner that offers a highly targeted, engaged audience of travel enthusiasts and journalists who can wield great influence in communicating the value of travel insurance," said Daniel Durazo, director of communications for Access America.

"The partnership with Access America represents several exciting firsts for Tripatini as the site continues to grow and attract members from around the world. With fun contests, practical content and special events that bring Tripatini to life, we think the response from our members will be resoundingly positive," said Tripatini CEO David Paul Appell.

ABOUT ACCESS AMERICA
Mondial Assistance is a global leader in specialty insurance and emergency assistance services. Four percent of the world's population or about 250 million people are served by Mondial Assistance businesses around the globe. In the United States, Mondial Assistance is a brand name of World Access Service Corp., which is best known for its Access America® brand of travel insurance and assistance services. As one of 29 business units, the U.S. operation serves major travel suppliers, health insurers, credit card, and entertainment companies with insurance products, international travel assistance, and concierge services. Mondial Assistance is part of the Allianz group of companies. For more information please visit: www.mondialUSA.com and www.accessamerica.com. You can also connect with Access America on Facebook at facebook.com/AccessAmerica and on Twitter by following @Access_America_.

ABOUT TRIPATINI
Dubbed "Facebook for travelers" by the New York Post, Tripatini.com is an online social community and group blog that differs from other travel social networks in promoting direct access to thousands of travel journalists and industry professionals from nearly 200 countries on every continent, including hotels/resorts, airlines, cruise lines, national and local tourism boards, car rental companies, and more. Forums such as "Ask A Travel Pro" and hundreds of others allow travelers to get specifically tailored advice from experts, and allows the professionals to promote their services, destinations, and reporting directly to the traveling public. For testimonials, backgrounders, video clips and other information, check the Tripatini media room or contact José Balido.

(1) Rules apply. See Tripatini.com for complete details.

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