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Point State Park Nominated for 8th Wonder

VISITPITTSBURGH NOMINATES POINT STATE PARK FOUNTAIN FOR
VIRTUALTOURIST'S 8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Voting Now Open Through September 30

PITTSBURGH – VisitPittsburgh announced today that it has entered Point State Park's Fountain into VirtualTourist.com's quest to crown the "8th Wonder of the World." Public voting is now open at VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.

"At the confluence of three rivers creating Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, Point State Park Fountain is an iconic image at the foreground of the city's striking skyline," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. "Most people don’t know that it's fed by a deep underground glacial stream, known as Pittsburgh's fourth river."

With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in a nomination, the public is asked to vote for their favorite out of the more than 200 submissions.  Voters can visit www.virtualtourist.com to vote for Point State Park's Fountain and have until September 30 to do so. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner.  The winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

"It's wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive Point State Park's Fountain as a nomination from VisitPittsburgh," said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com.  "As one of the best travel guide resources on the web, members and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world.  We are eager to see which landmark they will choose to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World."

To vote for Point State Park's Fountain for 8th Wonder of the World, just visit www.virtualtourist.com. For more information, visit www.virtualtourist.com.

About VirtualTourist.com
VirtualTourist.com® is one of the largest online travel communities in the world and a premier resource for travelers seeking an insider perspective. Boasting close to 2 million travel reviews and over 4 million photos of 61,000 destinations worldwide from 1.3 million members, VirtualTourist (http://www.virtualtourist.com) attracts 8 million unique visitors per month. Unbiased, respected, insider advice on Hotels, Things to Do, Transportation, Favorites and more is posted entirely by VirtualTourist’s membership from more than 220 countries and territories. Virtual Tourist is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, Inc.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 20 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.comwww.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, April 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 

SOURCE TripAdvisor

About VisitPittsburgh
VisitPittsburgh is the official tourism marketing promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the region.