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4/23/2007
SouthernTravelNews.comTM Officially Launches

Corporate Write LLC Launches

SouthernTravelNews.com™ ,

a New Online Travel Newspaper

Web site covers travel within the U.S. South and cruising from southern U.S. ports

TAMPA, Fla. – (March 19, 2007) – Corporate Write LLC, a Riverview-FL, firm, has launched SouthernTravelNews.com™, a new online travel newspaper (www.southerntravelnews.com) created by Magnetic (www.magnetic.com), a Tampa Web design and development firm. The new full-bodied news site will inform consumers about land travel within the southern U.S. and cruises from southern U.S. ports.

“The South is a vibrant region delivering diverse vacations – from white water rafting to quiet hikes, from pampering spas to family theme park trips, from historic exploration at Jamestown, VA, to a cultural powerhouse event like Charleston’s Spoleto Festival,” said Susan J. Young, Editor in Chief, SouthernTravelNews.com ™ and managing member of Corporate Write LLC.

“We definitely will cover the big festivals, hot packages, new hotels and razzle-dazzle attractions, but we’ll also cover nitty-gritty travel and tourism news,” stressed Young. “For example, we might cover menu changes at a local restaurant, the appointment of a tourism marketing manager, local port statistics, a new genealogical resource, or a drive tour with specific directions for getting from Point A to Point B.”

A pure journalism venture, SouthernTravelNews.com™ is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mill Web site. Rather, it features dozens of original content pages with hundreds of articles provided by 45 professional travel writers. Most are members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). Many live within the South and are “locals” who can detail the best sites, restaurants, attractions, hotels and activities for visitors.

The site has been in “soft launch” mode since Feb. 28. Starting today, the site is fully functional with fresh content appearing hourly, daily and weekly, depending on the section. The site’s “Front Page” includes News Flash (headline news changing hourly, seven days a week) Blog ‘Round the South (editor’s travel blog changing weekdays) and major travel news and features (called Top Story and Southern Travel Features), rotating in and out each week.

The launch issue’s Top Story is “A Moment in Time: the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown.” Other Front Page stories include: “Back to New Orleans,” a travel writer’s perspective”; Cruise Impressions, a monthly column by renowned cruise journalist Anne Kalosh; Seeking Designer Treasures in Palm Beach County, FL’s Thrift Shops; Atlanta’s Top Tables for Romance, and an NCL Kids’ Crew program review.

Also on the Front Page are free downloadable photos; book/multi-media reviews; reader policies and state tourism office links. A Photo of the Week slide show will change each Monday. Currently, 30 photos of the Carnival Museum, Mobile, AL, are displayed.

The Front Page’s lower section features a reader feedback area. Visitors may submit feedback or blog comments, upload trip reports/photos, or register for a weekly e-zine (starting April 15)

SouthernTravelNews.com’s™ core content is in 13 state pages (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV in the upper right column) and 26 themed pages (lower right column). Page teasers introduce feature stories; consumers click “read more” to navigate to the full story with photos. Pages also include “Southern Shorts.”

State features include: Quirky/Fun Things, Birmingham, AL; Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR: Haunted St. Augustine, FL; There’s Gold in Them ‘Thar Hills, Dahlonega, GA; Rollin’ on the Red River, Shreveport-Bossier City, LA; KY Wine and Spirits Drive Tour; Post-Katrina Tourism Pictorial from the MS Gulf Coast; Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC; Hilton Head Island, SC; the Great Smokies, TN; ‘Round Em Up, Move Em Out: Fort Worth, TX; New Cruise Pier in Norfolk, VA; and What’s New for WV State Parks.

A sampling of themed page features includes: Civil War Heritage: Richmond’s Civil War Sites; Cruising & Waterways: Scuba Adventures on a Princess Cruise; Dogs, Horses and Critters: Taking Fido to Florida; Ethnic Heritage: Miami’s Little Havana Walking Tour; Outdoor Adventure: Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee; and Travel Tips & Gadgets: How to Choose a Travel Agent.

Travel suppliers should add editor@southerntravelnews.com to their e-mail press distribution lists. News media may contact Nancy Vaughan, Vaughan Communications (nvaughanpr@aol.com or 602-912-9126) or Young (editor@southerntravelnews.com). Advertising sales will begin later this week. For an ad kit, contact Vaughan.


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