SelectItaly.com Nominated for Webby Award as Best Tourism Website for Second Year in a Row

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Select Italy is again on the shortlist for a top international honor for Web sites. Selectitaly.com has been nominated for a Webby Award for best Tourism Website. There are lots of travel Web sites out there, but only five in the world that have been nominated for an "Internet Oscar".

For the second year in a row, The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for Web sites, nominated Select Italy for the Best Tourism Web site of 2006. With input from Select Italy’s president Andrea Sertoli, SelectItaly.com was produced and designed by Mikhail Medvedev, Select Italy’s Webmaster since 2003, and his team of Web developers, Roy Shay and Dan Michael. Of the five finalists in this category, Select Italy is one of only two nominees to have been selected two years running. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2006 and honored at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 12th.

With features such as live online hotel booking, villa and apartment rentals, the widest range of museum reservations and musical event tickets available anywhere, interactive live chat support, extensive reference material on travel to Italy as well as slick, map-based access to all of the company’s Italy offerings, the website is at the cutting edge of travel industry Web design.

Hailed as the “online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are given each year by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honor the outstanding Web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and founder of The Webby Awards. “Select Italy’s Award nomination is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

“In 2003, we began to redesign our Web site to reflect Select Italy’s concepts of outstanding quality of service and originality, while ensuring user-friendliness and providing accurate information. The Web site quickly evolved into a technologically advanced site that is now a powerful tool for anyone planning a trip to Italy. We are extremely pleased to receive this honor,” said Andrea Sertoli.

As a nominee for a Webby Award, Select Italy is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting is open to the public from April 11th to May 5th at http://peoplesvoice.webbyawards.com

For more information on Select Italy’s Web site & honors, log onto http://www.selectitaly.com. To discuss story ideas, contact Seth Zurer at 1-800-877-1755.

About Select Italy:

Select Italy is an award winning travel agency specializing in Italy. Select Italy offers a wide array of products and services, which include customized itineraries, museum reservations, tickets to music & cultural events, private guided services, transportation and accommodations. All of these are available for purchase online at http://www.selectitaly.com. Select Italy has been on the Travel + Leisure “A-list of Super Agents” for 4 years, and in 2005 its Web site won an Ultra Web Award and was also nominated as a Webby Award finalist. Founded in 1997, company President Andrea Sertoli said, “Italy remains an unmatched destination with the warmth of its people, its heritage, its sheer physical beauty. With our specialized knowledge and inside information behind every travel plan we make, our clients enjoy everything Italy has to offer.” More information can be accessed through http://www.selectitaly.com/pressroom.php or by calling (800) 877-1755.

About The Webby Awards:

Called the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. For more information visit http://www.webbyawards.com.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group. For more information, visit http://www.iadas.net.

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