LonelyPlanet.com Wins Webby Award

“Three-peat” victory in People’s Voice category

Oakland, CA (May 26, 2004) — Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel content provider, announced that its website, LonelyPlanet.com, won the People’s Voice award for best travel site at the 8th annual Webby Awards. This marks the third year in a row that LonelyPlanet.com has earned the award in the People’s Voice category.

Additional nominees in the travel category were Fodors.com, IgoUgo, LuxuryLink.com and Pure NZ.

“It’s a really gratifying reminder of our travelers’ loyalty to us,” said Tamar Elizabeth Lowell, global online products manager for Lonely Planet. “We’re thrilled that once again the people have voted us the best travel site on the internet.”

Established in 1994, LonelyPlanet.com is a leading online resource for travelers, with more than 3.3 million visits a month.  Visitors to the site can research more than 400 international destinations, exchange travel advice and opinions with a loyal community of over 150,000 members, get briefed on worldwide news events and travel issues, read tales from on the road, purchase Lonely Planet products and book their travel.

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 420 members, including David Bowie, Bjork, Matt Groening, Po Bronson and Larry Ellison. Members of the IADA also include writers, producers and editors from companies such as The New York Times, NBC, Forbes, Food Network, Fast Company, San Francisco Chronicle and Time Magazine.

Lowell’s obligatory five-word Webby acceptance speech was, “Travel’s the ultimate reality show.”