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Travelzoo Sends 10 Millionth Subscriber into Space

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:17 pm
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New York and Kennedy Space Center, Fla.– Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, in celebration of reaching the milestone of 10 million subscribers to its publications is sending its 10 millionth subscriber into space. Matthew Wagner from Santa Fe Springs, California, was presented a ticket for a suborbital spaceflight by Travelzoo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Bartel. The ticket was presented aboard a zero gravity preparation flight over Cape Canaveral, Florida. Wagner is the 10 millionth subscriber to Travelzoo® publications.

View footage of Matthew’s zero gravity flight

Wagner, an industrial real estate broker, became Travelzoo’s 10 millionth subscriber when he signed up for the company’s U.S. Top 20® e-mail newsletter. Travelzoo handpicks the hottest travel deals and publishes them every Wednesday in its Top 20 e-mail newsletter.

“My dad is a big fan of Travelzoo’s Top 20 and he recommended that I sign up for it. I had no idea that I’d get a once in a lifetime opportunity like this. I can’t believe it!” said Wagner, the 10 millionth subscriber. “The zero gravity flight was a great way to prepare for my space trip and I am so excited about being on a suborbital flight.“

“We are thrilled to celebrate the fact that Matthew is our 10 millionth subscriber and award him with this fantastic prize,” said Ralph Bartel. “We are very proud of achieving this milestone for our publications. Space is the next travel frontier and we wanted to provide our subscriber with the newest form of travel.”

The suborbital spaceflight prize given to Wagner will allow him to experience weightlessness and view the Earth from 62 miles. The spaceflight will be operated by Space Adventures®. The flight is expected to take place in 2008.

To give Wagner a taste of what the feeling of weightlessness will be like and for the official presentation of his ticket to space, Travelzoo chartered a zero gravity preparation flight (also known as parabolic flight) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Zero gravity flight is used by astronauts to train for space missions and was used for the weightless scenes in the movie ‘Apollo 13’.

On April 6, Travelzoo announced that the company’s publications now reach more than 10 million subscribers. This represents the total number of unduplicated subscribers to Travelzoo’s U.S. Top 20 e-mail newsletter, its Newsflash™ e-mail alert service and its U.K. Top 20™ e-mail newsletter.

To view and access high resolution images of Ralph Bartel, chairman and chief executive officer, and Travelzoo’s 10 millionth subscriber aboard the zero gravity flight visit: www.travelzoo.com/media

Travelzoo is the Internet’s largest publisher of travel deals. Travel enthusiasts count on Travelzoo for timely, accurate and valuable information on where to find the best travel deals. Consumers book published travel deals directly with the travel provider. Travelzoo has more than 30 travel deal experts on staff who carefully review each travel offer from its more than 500 advertisers to find the best travel deals and confirm their true value.

About Travelzoo

Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO) is a global Internet media company. Travelzoo’s media properties, which reach more than 10 million travel enthusiasts in the U.S., Canada and U.K., include the Travelzoo® Web site (www.travelzoo.com), the Top 20® e-mail newsletter, the Newsflash™ e-mail alert service and SuperSearch™, a travel search engine. Travelzoo publishes offers from more than 500 advertisers. Travelzoo’s deal experts review each offer to find the best travel deals and confirm their true value. Travelzoo is headquartered in New York City.

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