TravelPod Named as Finalist in 8th Annual Canadian New Media Awards

    Traveler IQ Challenge Recognized among Top Social Media Applications

    OTTAWA, Ontario, June 13 /CNW/ -- TravelPod, the Web's first site to
enable its members to create online travelogues (travel blogs), has been
recognized as one of Canada's new media leaders. TravelPod is one of three
finalists to be named in the "excellence in social media applications"
category of the 2008 Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) for its addictive,
educational and entertaining Traveler IQ Challenge game that's been downloaded
by millions around the world ( A
Canadian celebrity host will present 14 Pixel Awards on November 18, 2008 at a
gala celebration at CiRCA in Toronto.
    "We are very excited at TravelPod to be recognized as a leading innovator
in the exploding world of online social media," said Luc Levesque, founder of
TravelPod. "Canada is home to an extremely dynamic community of Web
innovators, and the CNMA is instrumental in supporting this vital business
    "The CNMA recognizes great talent and work in the Canadian digital
interactive industry." said Adam Froman, Founder of CNMA and President and CEO
of Delvinia. "This year 43 finalists from across 14 award categories
demonstrate the innovation and creativity driving the success of the Canadian
interactive and new media industries."
    About TravelPod
    TravelPod -- (, based in Ottawa,
Canada, was acquired by TripAdvisor in December 2006. was
released in 1997 as the Web's first site to enable its members to create
online travelogues (travel blogs), which revolutionized the way people travel
and share their adventures with the world. Travelers can post travelogues from
previous trips or use TravelPod to host ongoing travelogues that they can
update while they travel
    About the Canadian New Media Awards
    The Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) were established in 1999 to promote
and celebrate excellence within the digital interactive industry. The Awards
recognize the accomplishments and outstanding contributions made by Canadians
working in this sector. Judges from across the country select 43 finalists and
14 winners from hundreds of entries submitted in featured categories that
showcase the world-class skills of the new media industry's top talent,
services and products. Each year, hundreds of business and new media
professionals from across Canada gather to honour the country's top talent,
services and products at the Gala Awards Ceremony. The Awards are presented in
partnership with Telefilm Canada, Deloitte and RBC. For further information,
    About nextMEDIA: Monetizing Digital Media
    nextMEDIA: Monetizing Digital Media is a digital entertainment,
interactive advertising, and technology conference dedicated to connecting all
sides of today's rapidly evolving digital media marketplace.  The event brings
together key decision makers from advertising, broadcasting, publishing and
new media to look at the many ways digital content can be monetized.
    About Achilles Media
    Achilles Media Ltd. is an international events management company serving
the television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events
include: Canadian Innovation Exchange (April 29 - 30;) nextMEDIA: The Future
of Digital Content (June 6 - 8, 2008), The Banff World Television Festival
(June 8-11, 2008); Just Comedy (July 17, 18th )History Makers: International
Summit of History and Current Affairs Producers (January 17 - 19, 2008); and
NATPE Mobile++ (January 28, 2008).

For further information:

For further information: Brian Payea of TravelPod, +1-617-670-6688,, or Tannis Wengel of Canadian New Media Awards, 
+1-905-598-2544, Web Site:        

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