or


[11/21/11 - 08:04 AM]
Travel Channel and Rand McNally's Tripology.com Launch Multi-Platform Partnership
Said partnership allows viewers inspired by the network's travel programming to connect with trained "tripologists."

[via press release from Travel Channel]

TRAVEL CHANNEL AND RAND MCNALLY'S TRIPOLOGY.COM LAUNCH MULTI-PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP

"TRIPOLOGISTS" TO PROVIDE VIEWERS WITH UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOK TRIPS AND ITINERARIES INSPIRED BY TRAVEL CHANNEL SERIES

Officially Launches Today Pegged To The Premiere of Anthony Bourdain's "The Layover" at 9:00 PM, ET/PT

CHEVY CHASE, MD (November 21, 2011) - Many believe that Travel Channel's hosts have the greatest jobs in the world. Now, fans of popular shows like "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" and "The Layover" can embark on trips to the cities that are featured on the Network's travel series - and at their own pace. Travel Channel and Rand McNally's Tripology.com business have created a multi-platform partnership that allows viewers inspired by the Network's travel programming to connect with trained "tripologists." These personalized online travel agents are equipped with the specific episode details - city, hotels, restaurants, food markets, etc., and will book trips to cities featured on popular Travel Channel's television series. The first series to officially launch as part of this partnership is Anthony Bourdain's "The Layover," which premieres tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Shannon O'Neill, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Travel Channel.

"Our partnership with Rand McNally is a key element to our overall digital strategy, providing deeper connections with our viewers and the programming. We continue to explore new opportunities to marry inspiration with activation," says O'Neill. "We are launching with 'The Layover,' but plan to quickly roll out additional specialized itineraries, across many of our properties, that our audiences love."

"Tripology.com is not a travel agency. We do not sell tickets or trips," says John T. Peters, vice president, digital strategy & travel, Rand McNally. "What makes this service unique is that we help find the travel experts who specialize in specific experiences - and in this case, allowing travelers to create similar experiences they watch on television."

Initial feedback from early testing with "No Reservations" has been extremely positive. Most of the trip requests received to-date are for Europe in 2012, and the top requested cities are Barcelona, New York, Madrid, Paris and Rome. Travel experts note that many users start their research now for discussion over the holidays, and then January through March is the time frame for trip planning and booking.

Viewers can go to Travelchannel.com to watch additional video from a particular show and then research locations and activities. The site then connects them with Tripology.com, an interactive referral service focused on connecting travelers with qualified top-rated travel specialists. With Tripology.com, a user tells specialists where they want to go and what kind of experience they want. The request goes to a Travel Channel tripologist who specializes in the area, and is armed with actual itineraries from programming. Usually within 24 hours, the user will receive an email or phone call from a Travel Channel tripologist who can help plan the trip, and book with them directly.

As part of Scripps Networks Interactive, Travel Channel is consistently looking to expand its lifestyle brand and content across multiple platforms. Building the network's digital extensions partnerships with companies like Tripology.com, Oyster.com and iTunes, provides viewers with high-value opportunities to engage with the talent and programming outside of their homes.

TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their every day destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it's around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand, and is available in 96 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

RAND MCNALLY (www.RandMcNally.com) is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content. Rand McNally's products and services include: Road travel review site www.BestoftheRoad.com; Interactive travel referral service, www.Tripology.com; America's #1 Road Atlas; and TripMaker(R) RVND(TM) GPS for RVers; as well as a host of products and services for the trucking and education markets.





  [november 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS (TRAVEL)
· LAYOVER, THE (TRAVEL)





[12/02/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Celebrates the Holiday Season with Three Back-to-Back Shows
John Cena and Casey Affleck will follow the previously announced Emma Stone.

[12/02/16 - 01:03 PM]
Animal Planet Highlights One Organization's Mission to Protect and Rescue Animals in New Series "The Guardians"
In this all-new series, Animal Planet introduces this volunteer-run organization called Guardians of Rescue and follows its quest to help any animal in need - anywhere, anytime.

[12/02/16 - 12:00 PM]
Beloved Actress Betty White to Be "Young & Hungry" with a Guest Star Role on Freeform's Original Comedy
White will play Ms. Wilson, Gabi's neighbor who she encounters after a misunderstanding with Josh leaves Gabi confused about what to do.

[12/02/16 - 11:38 AM]
"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Hits Series Highs in The CW's #DCWeek Finale
The CW spins the numbers for Thursday, December 1.

[12/02/16 - 11:28 AM]
E!'s New Docu-Series "So Cosmo" - Set at the Glamorous Epi-center of Pop Culture, Cosmopolitan Magazine - Premieres Wed., Feb. 8 at 8 PM ET/PT
Plus: look for a preview special on Tuesday, December 20 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/02/16 - 11:00 AM]
Freeform Shares Their Holiday Spirit with Annual Gift-giving Initiative Pop Up Santa and Holiday-themed Shorts "Funny Or Die Presents Santa's Shorts"
All of these jolly holiday moments can be seen during "25 Days of Christmas" airing December 1 - 25, on the Freeform app and on 25DaysofChristmasTV.com.

[12/02/16 - 10:44 AM]
TBS Heads into "Final Space" with New Animated Comedy from Olan Rogers
Part of TBS's continued push into animation, "Final Space" is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake.

[12/02/16 - 09:58 AM]
AMC Releases First Look Photos from Season Two of "Into the Badlands"
The 10 episode second season will debut in March of 2017.

[12/02/16 - 09:30 AM]
Video: Craving More "Comedy Bang! Bang!"? Watch Four Never-Before-Seen Clips on IFC.com!
After 110 episodes of top-notch couch guests and wildly unpredictable interviews by host Scott Aukerman, the series is coming to an end after five "slightly off" seasons.

[12/02/16 - 09:16 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "Thursday Night Football"
The Peacock eclipses the competition among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/02/16 - 08:10 AM]
"The Handmaid's Tale" First Look Photos
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Samira Wiley co-star in the drama, premiering in April.

[12/02/16 - 07:27 AM]
American Heroes Channel Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor with Premiere of "Pearl Harbor: The Heroes Who Fought Back"
The one-hour special premieres Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[12/02/16 - 06:53 AM]
HGTV's "Fixer Upper" Season Four Scores Its Highest-Rated Premiere Ever
HGTV spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 29.

[12/01/16 - 01:09 PM]
OWN's Hit Tyler Perry Drama "The Haves and the Have Nots" Returns with All-New Episodes This January
The series returns for season four with all-new episodes on Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/01/16 - 12:19 PM]
"Arrow" Shoots to Season Highs as #DCWeek Continues
The CW spins the numbers for Wednesday, November 30.