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Tripbod Teams Up With VisitBritain To offer Visitors A Personal Welcome To Britain

14 October 2010

Tripbod, VisitBritain

Tripbod.com (a UCL student venture), the travel website offering travellers a ‘friend at the other end’, is launching a unique Welcome to Britain service for VisitBritain's Online Shop customers this week.

Since September 2009 Tripbod.com has connected travellers with a trusted local person in their destination for personal advice & help planning their trip– saving them time, money and hassle when they arrive.

To date Tripbod has concentrated on providing pre-departure trip planning advice online, but from this week local UK Tripbods will extend their offering to include personalised welcome experiences, launching exclusively on www.visitbritainshop.com

In the form of two new products – ‘Meet and greet’ and ‘Explore’ – local UK Tripbods will be on hand to welcome visitors personally to Britain, sharing with them their first-hand experience of living in the

These services will launch in five pilot areas - London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and The Lake District –starting at £35 for a personal hour long Meet-and-greet. Like the current service, every
experience offered will be unique, based on the individual visitor and their interests. Staying true to Tripbod’s ethos of fair trade also, the lion’s share of revenues will go to the local Tripbods.

Tripbod Director, Liz Sutcliffe, says ‘Tripbod local Welcome Experiences are particularly special because they help visitors connect directly with the grass-roots of Britain and lift the lid on authentic local life.
Working with VisitBritain allows us to extend our unique service beyond the pre-departure stage and bring the human connection we offer to life by sharing memorable travel experiences with our customers in

Tripbod.com launched in September 2009.
Tripbod currently operates in 54 countries worldwide, with new Tripbods joining every day.

A personal, pre-departure Trip planning & advice service is available at
www.tripbod.com, from £16

FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Sally Broom or Liz Sutcliffe
T: 0208 144 0565 / M: 07787 197 471
E: hello@tripbod.com