2002 Webby Awards

Lonely Planet, the world’s leading independent travel publisher, today announced that its website, lonelyplanet.com was a double winner at last night’s 6th annual Webby Awards, held at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Lonely Planet’s website took home awards in the Best Travel Website of the Year and People’s Voice categories. Other dual winners at last night’s event include Amazon, Google, and The Onion.

Additional nominees in the travel category were Site59, IgoUgo, World Hum, and Travel Intelligence.

The Webby Awards, often described as the ‘Oscars™ of the Internet,’ recognize outstanding achievement for the Web in content, quality, and experience in 30 different categories including film, travel, news, and TV. The Webby Award nominees were selected and voted on by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The general public determines the People’s Voice award.

The International Academy of Digital Arts (IADA) founded in 1998, is an organization with over 350 members, including Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Sarandon, David Bowie, Beck, Matt Groening, Esther Dyson, Julia Child, and Larry Ellison. Members of the IADA also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Forbes, Details, Fast Company, Elle, and Vibe.

Established in 1994, lonelyplanet.com has a loyal following, resulting in more than 2.8 million visits each month. Visitors to the site can shop for Lonely Planet products, exchange travel advice and opinions, research over 350 international destinations, get briefed on worldwide news events and travel issues, and read tales from on the road and off the beaten track.

‘We are honored to receive these awards and are pleased to continue the Lonely Planet tradition of helping travelers realize their globe-trotting dreams. Our website has grown over the past 8 years into something bigger than we could ever have imagined,’ said Jen Goebel, online product manager. ‘This means we are doing something right, and consider ourselves extremely lucky to keep on doing it.’