Out & About to be sole provider of travel reviews for PlanetOut

SAN FRANCISCO -- PlanetOut, an Internet media company catering to the gay and lesbian community, partnered with Out & About, the popular gay and lesbian travel newsletter and Web site.

Under the deal, Out & About becomes the exclusive provider of travel reviews

for PlanetOut Travel.

Megan Smith, PlanetOut's chief executive officer, said that the partnership enables her firm to provide the most comprehensive information to a powerful segment of the travel market.

According to Smith, gays and lesbians in the U.S. spend billions of dollars on travel annually.

The terms of the agreement call for Out & About to provide 110 Editor's Choice previews free of charge to PlanetOut members through the travel section.

These previews include recommendations for lodging, dining, nightlife and sightseeing.

PlanetOut's travel section already features destination and hotel reviews, travel tips and event calendars.

Out & About has been a voice for gay travel since 1992, attracting more than 50,000 readers and Web visitors, according to the publication.

Since 1995, PlanetOut has provided content covering news, entertainment, travel, shopping and money and careers. PlanetOut has more than 400,000 registered members.

PlanetOut's Web site is found at www.planetout.com

or by using AOL Keyword: PlanetOut.

The Out & About Web site address is www.outandabout.com.

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