New Awards for Great Travel Web Sites by The Ratings Guy

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User ratings, rants and reviews drive changes in travel and vacation website content. Consumers benefit when great travel sites deliver the whole story.

I want an honest evaluation about my travel destination with candid photos, traveler's opinions and real-life stories from locals on the ground and from recent visitors

The Ratings Guy today announces its exclusive list of Great Travel and Leisure websites; only nineteen websites make the grade. The new list of Great Sites is part of The Ratings Guy initiative to help consumers find the better site sooner and help websites to differentiate their offering to their target audiences. Each travel site can display The Ratings Guy's Great Site seal. The seal is the result of a successful site evaluation by independent and objective researchers who identify Web sites that excel in providing consumers with high quality, trusted, and experienced resources. Less than 3% of Web sites make the grade for Great Site status. Access to the complete listing of Great Site reviews is free and is found with all lifestyle categories at http://www.theratingsguy.com.

The Travel & Leisure Web sites included on TheRatingsGuy.com Great Site list are:

Away.com - Operated by Orbitz Worldwide
BootsnAll.com - Operated by BootsnAll Travel Network
CruiseCritic.com - Operated by The Independent Traveler, Inc.
Fodors.com - Operated by Fodor's Travel, a Division of Random House Inc.
Frommers.com - Operated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
IgoUgo.com - Operated by Travelocity, a Sabre Holdings Corporation
IndependentTraveller.com - Operated by The Independent Traveler, Inc.
PlanetRider.com - Operated by PlanetRider
Site59 - Operated by Travelocity, a Sabre Holdings Corporation
SlowTrav.com - Operated by Internet Brands, Inc.
SpecialtyTravel.com - Operated by Specialty Travel Index
TravelIntelligence.net - Operated by Travel Intelligence, Ltd.
TravellersPoint.com - Operated by Tupela, Ltd. AS.
TravLang.com - Operated by Travlang Online, Inc.
TripAdvisor.com - An operating company of Expedia, Inc.
VirtualTourist.com - Operated by Virtualtourist.com, Inc.
WebTravelManager.com - Operated by WebTravelManager.com
World66.com - Operated by Internet Brands, Inc.
WorldHum.com - Operated by World Hum

A full review of each site can be found at http://www.theratingsguy.com.

This new release of Great Sites by The Ratings Guy includes websites from a variety of travel and leisure sources ranging from the traditional travel publishers to the new digerati-based social networks. What is exceptional about this group in general is their unfettered desire to get you where you are going with the least hassle and best planning. This news release also recognizes websites whose content has been created by travelers themselves, hosting editorial, photos, commentary, reviews and ratings. Travel-based social networking is one of the more successful applications of the growing rating, rants and review phenomenon conveniently brought to consumers via the Web.

"I want an honest evaluation about my travel destination with candid photos, traveler's opinions and real-life stories from locals on the ground and from recent visitors," said Katherine Morrow, co-founder of TheRatingGuy.com. "Printed books can't keep up with the rate of change in the travel industry. So many options are available today, and with the power of web-based social communities, I can find what suits my personal needs so much better." "My Google search today for "travel sites" revealed 273 million results. What is that going to do for me?" asked Morrow. "We help the consumer to get to the better site sooner and here they are", she said.

The Ratings Guy was developed by a team, experienced in the consumer research and ratings field and frustrated with the search industry's inability to separate advertising from editorial. The company reviews and rates Web sites across an array of popular consumer lifestyle information categories including: health & wellness, travel & leisure, house & home, animals & pets, diet & cuisine, kids, shopping, and more. The Ratings Guy is an independent and objective resource, supported by research librarians and researchers (the original search engines) who seek to identify the best Web resources. The company uses a proprietary review methodology to test sites against its own benchmarks for transparency, accuracy, timeliness, functionality, trust, and usefulness. The Ratings Guy hosts the Great Site Benchmarking Network, an exclusive group of Internet thought-leaders working to advance consumer empowerment on the Web. For more information about all of the lifestyle categories reviewed or how to get a site reviewed visit http://www.TheRatingsGuy.com .

Contact:
John Morrow, Principal
The Ratings Guy, LLC
Tel: 207-338-0440
Fax: 207-636-8060
http://www.theratingsguy.com

Editors note: The Ratings Guy rating and review data is available at no charge to members of the working press. Use of the complete list is permitted for re-publishing and distribution only with the following citation, "http://www.theratingsguy.com publishes great website lists in many popular lifestyle categories, for more information see http://www.theratingsguy.com."

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