SOURCE: Travel South USA

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November 18, 2010 15:37 ET

Travel South USA Launches New Trip Planning Website

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - Travel South USA, the Official Regional Destination Marketing Organization for the Southern United States, announced the launch of a newly designed TravelSouthUSA.com, developed to provide domestic and international visitors with easy access to interactive travel planning tools.

A new Trip Ideas section offers visitors an opportunity to search for vacation itineraries by destination or interest area. The new search feature allows visitors to search in a specific state or, for multi-state trips in the Southern states, by area of interest including beach vacations, city sightseeing, family fun, food and wine, golf, arts, history and more.

The updated Our States section gives visitors easy access to each state's trip planning information. The state pages include interactive maps, online visitors guides, photo and video galleries, featured destinations and the opportunity to interact with the state's travel blog and sign up for the state's tourism e-newsletter. Tourism contact information, weather and transportation information is easily viewed on each state's page.

An International Visitors section includes passport and visa information, point of entry airports and exchange rates. For first time visitors, a "What to Bring" page provides a detailed list of suggested items and clothing, as well as contact information and links to all the state tourism sites. Visitors can view and download the Travel South USA International Tour Planner guide online and text on the welcoming page can be viewed in Italian, French, French Canadian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, German and Japanese.

"We developed the new site to be a quick and easy resource for planning a trip to the Southern USA," stated Liz Bittner, Executive Director of Travel South USA. "The navigation, maps, Travel South Tour Planner, trip itinerary ideas and state information are all displayed in a clean, visually strong design with photos and icons that provide clear pathways for visitors planning a trip to the region.

Icon links to Travel South USA Facebook and YouTube channels on each page of the site invite visitors to interact with Travel South USA on the organization's social networks.

About Travel South USA
Founded in 1965, Travel South USA is the Official Regional Destination Marketing Organization for the Southern United States, representing the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.