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Gogobot Personalizes Traveler Experience with New Visual Planning and Discovery App

Say goodbye to the printed travel guidebook. Gogobot, the go-to place for the inside scoop on the best places to sleep, eat and play with more than 16 million users, today unveiled its visually-stunning new mobile app offering travelers a personalized guide to discover the world.

Now available for iOS and Android devices, the new app emphasizes Gogobot’s more than four million photos for users to explore visually as well as enables travelers to build collaborative trip itineraries with friends and family across multiple devices.

By tapping into the 675,000 recommendations and 60,000 city guides written by Gogobot’s in-the-know travelers and experts, the 23 powerful new features make the travel planning experience more comprehensive and seamless for those looking to discover, plan, book, and share their ideal trip.

“We designed the new Gogobot app knowing that, for our users, mobile comes first and everything else follows from there,” said Gogobot Co-founder and CEO Travis Katz. “With the new app, we've built a personal discovery tool that lets people cut through the noise and find recommendations based on their location and travel style.”

Gogobot offers a highly personalized user experience with its Tribes feature, which allows users to join any combination of the platform’s 19 unique Tribes or “traveler personalities” – such as Foodies, Adventure Travelers and On a Budget – to access customized recommendations from like-minded travelers. Users can also engage with the Gogobot community to gain insight into anything travel related, from where to find the closest family-focused artisan pizzeria to the most buzzed-about day spas or nightspots.

Unique features of the new Gogobot app include:

Collaborative Trip Plans: Multiple users can now collaborate to seamlessly build, add to and share group travel itineraries in real time with a drag and drop interface to organize itineraries by day or category and sync across multiple devices.

Enhanced Mapping Capabilities: The refreshed mapping feature helps users discover recommendations from the Gogobot community, from hotels to restaurants and bars to museums and monuments, on a block-by-block basis.

Weather Forecasts: Along with delivering weather conditions for one’s current location, the new app offers weather data including five-day forecasts for thousands of cities, making it easier for travelers plan ahead.

Open Access: Users are now able to explore the app, discover hotels, attractions, restaurants, and make bookings without the need to log in or even sign up for an account. Gogobot plans to open things up further for logged-out users in future releases.

To download the new Gogobot app for free, visit the App Store or Google Play.

To see a video of the new app in action, go to: www.gogobot.com

About Gogobot:

Gogobot is the go-to place for places to go, providing the inside scoop on where to sleep, eat and explore for every adventure. Gogobot Tribes saves time and money by sorting recommendations based on personality and scouring the web for the best hotel deals. Whether you are on a trip that's strictly business or just out on the town for a night of fun, Gogobot makes it easy to plan, book and celebrate travels - near and far. The world leader in personalized trip planning, Gogobot overtook Travelocity in June 2013 to become one of largest providers of travel reviews online, according to eMarketer. Gogobot has more than 500,000 check-ins, 675,000 reviews, four million photos, and 60,000 city guides and users save 25 percent or more on accommodations. Visit www.gogobot.com.

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