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Travel-Startup Celebrates 10,000th Registered User

Highly active social travel community merely weeks after the launch exceeds expectations

New York, NY, August 10, 2008 --( tripwolf (, the new next generation, social travel guide start up, which launched just over a month ago, is a hit with internet travel enthusiasts. More than 10,000 users have already registered since the launch, and are now active members of the community. The website’s content is also growing rapidly: more than 180,000 pictures and 30,000 travel videos are getting people hungry for travel.

Drawn from the information provided by tripwolf’s investor, MairDumont, Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides, and the experience of thousands of users, the tripwolf-platform offers tips on more than 220,000 locations worldwide, including 40,000 hotels.

“We are thrilled with the developments of the last couple of weeks. The user-numbers already exceeds the original goal set in our business plan. It’s great to see how people are embracing the site, which we built up through hard work over the last couple of months,” says Sebastian Heinzel, one of the two tripwolf founders. “In the next few weeks we will focus on the development of the site, creating options such as booking flights and hotels through tripwolf and enabling usage through the iPhone. The performance of the site is being improved continuously as well. We are working on increasing the speed, despite rising traffic.” Heinzel continues.

In celebration of this landmark achievement, tripwolf had teamed up with the Lomography photo community ( for a travel photo competition for the month of August only. Anyone can participate by submitting their best travel photos on, for a chance to win one of the 10 great Lomography cameras being given away, among them, three world famous Lomo LC - A+s, as well as other prizes.

There are four categories:
-Best travel photo
-Weirdest travel photo
-Best Wolf photo
-Bests Travel Buddy

What is tripwolf?
With just a few clicks, tripwolf gives travelers the opportunity to create (and print) a personalized travel guide for the destination of their choice. The content is assemble from tips from friends and other users, as well as the recommendations of the “trip gurus” of each destination. The backbone of the content is provided by tripwolf’s investor, MairDumont, Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides. User-generated content as well as content from external sources (Wikipedia texts, Flickr photos, YouTube videos) can also be found on tripwolf.

During and after a trip, tripwolf acts as a platform for travel enthusiasts to swap experiences: users can give sightseeing and hotel tips, add new destinations, upload photos, write travel journals and show their routes on a map. Additionally they can network with friends and travelers throughout the world, as well as import their contacts from social networks, such as Facebook, into their tripwolf account.

About tripwolf
The websites,,, and are online offerings of tripwolf GmBH. tripwolf GmbH is based in Vienna, Austria with offices in New York and Budapest, Hungary. Tripwolf was founded in 2007, consists of a team of ten members and is led by co-founders Sebastian Heinzel (CEO) and Alexander Trieb (COO). MairDumont, Europe's leading travel publishers based in Stuttgart Germany, and American/Austrian web 2.0 incubator i5invest are the leading investors of tripwolf.

About MairDumont
MairDumont is the market leader for tourist information in Germany and Europe. MairDumont offers a range of printed publications including the Marco Polo Travel Guides, Falk City Plans/City Atlases, Baedeker Allianz Travel Guides, the Large General Atlas, DuMont Travel Guides, Varta Guides, the HB Illustrated Atlas and the Kompass hiking and cycling-tour range. MairDumont’s range of products is complemented in the electronic media business area. Its particular importance has led to the setting up of an independent company (FALK MARCOPOLO INTERACTIVE) that concentrates on Internet, navigation-system, telematics and mobile products and services. MairDumont was established in 1948 and is a family-run company with a staff of around 560, and is headquartered in Ostfildern near Stuttgart. The entire group generated a turnover of around 190 million euros in 2007.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Green
phone: 646 896 4626

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Jennifer Green
646 896 4626

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