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NextGreatPlace Introduces Curated Vacation Service for Discerning Travelers


July 17, 2012 - DENVER, CO

NextGreatPlace today officially announced its new vacation matchmaking service that combines the high-touch support of an expert travel agent with a sophisticated, yet simple, online search and booking experience. Operating in Beta since the beginning of the year, NextGreatPlace features a proprietary network of expert-certified vacation properties and experiences around the world and has already been helping members plan remarkable vacations risk- and hassle-free.

Created by Tom Filippini, a founder of the leading destination club Exclusive Resorts, NextGreatPlace is an innovative membership-based "curated vacation network" that matches members to places and experiences that create life's most memorable vacations. For a $500 flat annual fee, NextGreatPlace will plan and orchestrate an unlimited number of vacations for its members within an exclusive, ever-expanding collection of expert-certified properties and vacation experiences across the globe. Ideal for families, couples and groups, members of NextGreatPlace enjoy an alternative to the uncertainty and burden of do-it-yourself online planning as well as an escape from the expense of high-end vacation clubs and the legacy travel agency model.

"Our Members are travelers who are looking for more simplicity in vacation planning and greater authenticity in their experiences, without a significant financial commitment or upfront-costs. While the Internet is convenient for booking flights and hotel rooms, it becomes cumbersome when planning a complex or unique vacation," said Tom Filippini, Founder and President of NextGreatPlace. "In creating NextGreatPlace, we started from scratch and looked at all of the ways to plan a remarkable vacation, then pulled out the best parts of each. The end result is a completely new and affordable offering that combines the value and selection of leading websites, the caring service of a travel agent and the quality assurance of the world's best vacation brands."

Here's how NextGreatPlace works and its benefits to travelers:

  • Quality Assurance. Using proprietary evaluation criteria, NextGreatPlace hand-selects and certifies an ever-growing global portfolio of fabulous vacation experiences (resort homes, adventure tours, guest ranches, sporting lodges, wine experiences, boutique cruises, and so on) -- currently, more than 1,000 options are available to members.
  • Global Vacation Options. NextGreatPlace is focused on offering its members access to the most iconic vacation destinations in the world. Today, the network includes more than 30 destinations with more being added on a weekly basis.
  • Affordable. For a flat annual fee of $500, NextGreatPlace orchestrates an unlimited number of remarkable vacations for its members, making the service accessible and valuable to a vast audience of underserved travelers.
  • Authentic. The majority of the properties and experiences offered by NextGreatPlace are not generally available on mainstream online travel agency sites (OTAs) or rent by owner vacation home sites (RBOs), which means that members benefit from unique and authentic experiences that would be difficult or impossible to orchestrate on their own.
  • Simple. Members can browse vacation options and book directly through the NextGreatPlace site or work with their personal "PlaceMaker" (dedicated travel planner) to architect their memorable vacations.
  • Full Service. From ideation to arrival home, NextGreatPlace orchestrates every aspect of a vacation, from tours to private dinners, all at no additional cost.

NextGreatPlace began offering its service on a limited basis last year and secured funding in early 2012 from Trinity Ventures. Trinity's investment has allowed the Company to prepare its service for today's announcement and expand its network of certified vacation properties and experiences. Trinity co-founder and General Partner, Noel Fenton, who joined the NextGreatPlace Board of Directors, said:

"Trinity Ventures has an unwavering respect and dedication for entrepreneurs and we believe that the model NextGreatPlace has developed will reinvent the way discerning travelers discover, book and enjoy remarkable vacations. We are proud that they have selected Trinity as their partner for growth and look forward to supporting them in further delivering on their compelling vision."

About NextGreatPlace
NextGreatPlace is a "curated vacation network" that combines innovative online technologies with personalized service and deep vacation expertise to orchestrate vacations for families, couples and groups, often to unfamiliar places, that are too important to risk anything but perfection. Each vacation arranged by NextGreatPlace has been hand-selected and individually approved using proprietary evaluation criteria to create an ever-growing global portfolio of fabulous vacation experiences that exceed the expectations of members. The Company's team of personal PlaceMakers (expert travel planners) oversees all aspects of trip research and planning so that members' focus is always on dreaming up and enjoying vacations of a lifetime. For additional information, visit www.nextgreatplace.com, or call (888)800-8850.

About Trinity Ventures
Trinity Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment with the entrepreneurs. Trinity focuses on early stage and seed technology investments with particular emphasis on social shopping and entertainment, cloud computing, mobility, and internet infrastructure areas. Trinity Ventures has invested in such leading companies as Aruba Networks, 21Vianet, Blue Nile, LoopNet, Photobucket, SciQuest, Starbucks, BeachMint, Infoblox, Trion Worlds and Zulily.

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