TravelBlender Uses Technology to Customize, Modernize Group Travel

Want to travel with others your age, other couples, just the girls - or just the guys? TravelBlender - a group travel service that makes trips for like-minded travelers - has launched.
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Feb. 6, 2013 - PRLog -- Dayton, Ohio-based TravelBlender LLC, a social travel company that customizes travel offerings based on users' requests, launched its website this week.

TravelBlender ( offers customized group travel, particularly for people with common interests and characteristics. TravelBlender allows users to request the destination and style of trip that they want, and offers the trips only if enough other users are interested in that trip as well. Additional options allow users to specify whether they want to go on a trip with others who are close to their age or of the same gender. TravelBlender founder and CEO Genevieve Catalano says this marks a departure from the traditional group travel model, where tour providers create trips and then spend marketing money trying to get customers to sign up. TravelBlender plans to offer additional group options in the near future, such as traveling with other couples, other parents, and simplifying the process of travel planning with groups of people you already know.

"Group travel needs to offer more value in order to reach younger customers," says Catalano. "They want to see more customization and to know who they're going to travel with. TravelBlender offers this, and we believe it means our users have a better chance of enjoying themselves when they're traveling." Furthermore, notes Catalano, most popular social travel sites don't necessarily expand one's social graph, they merely provide recommendations.

TravelBlender is also offering its services through alumni and professional organizations to maximize participation on the organizations' travel offerings, especially among more recent graduates.  "It's not that younger alums are opposed to traveling together," says Catalano. "It's just that they can keep in touch with their former classmates on sites like Facebook. If they want to meet other alums, they want them to be within or close to their class year. That's where we come in."

TravelBlender's two founders, Catalano and Chief Technology Officer George L'Heureux, are finalists in the University of Dayton's Business Plan Competition this year, where Catalano took first place in their elevator pitch round in the fall of 2011.

TravelBlender, LLC is an Ohio limited liability company founded in 2012.
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