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Insider Escapes: Travel Like the Pros Who Know

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>Bookable Itineraries by American Express Travel Services</b> </p>

Monday, August 06, 2012

Insider Escapes: Travel Like the Pros Who Know08:00 EDT Monday, August 06, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- American Express Travel announces a collection of exclusive itineraries designed to give travelers a true insider experience. Each trip is created by expert travel agents and inspired by tastemakers in the culinary, health & wellness, fashion & style and arts & culture categories. The itineraries are part of “Insider Escapes presented by American Express Travel,” a new original video series and editorial program in partnership with Yahoo! Travel and produced by Yahoo! Studios, that provides consumers with insider recommendations and tips via video interviews from their favorite influencers including Deepak and Gotham Chopra, Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, Tom Colicchio and Lisa Ling. Beginning August 6, the program will launch with Deepak and Gotham Chopra's itineraries, followed by two new “Insider Escapes” itineraries each week for four consecutive weeks. "Travelers want authentic experiences that reflect their personal interests and bring them to life in exciting ways,” said David Patron, Vice President of American Express Travel. "Insider Escapes offers our customers a way to explore their favorite destinations through the eyes of the influential world travelers that inspire them.” Each itinerary offers travelers a one-of-a-kind experience, whether it's meditating at a 16th century temple in New Delhi or savoring the Southern flavors in the culinary markets of Charleston. A host of exciting adventures are available through “Insider Escapes,” including: Health & Wellness – Deepak and Gotham Chopra's New Delhi and Sedona Fashion & Style – Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Tokyo and San Francisco Food & Wine – Tom Colicchio's Singapore and Charleston Arts & Culture – Lisa Ling's Santorini and Washington, DC The curated itineraries combine the recommendations of these celebrated experts with the knowledge and expertise of American Express Travel Insiders. Specializing in 80 of the world's most popular destinations and 20 specialty categories, Travel Insiders are expertly-trained travel agents with unique insights into the best local hotels, dining and attractions, as well as hard to find hidden gems. American Express Travel Insiders provides exceptional journeys around the world through unique, custom-made experiences. “Imagine meditating in the same gardens in New Delhi as Deepak Chopra or feasting on chicken and rice at a Hawker stand recommended by Tom Colicchio,” says Patron. “Whichever path you choose, American Express Travel Insiders will infuse your vacation with special experiences for a trip you'll never forget.” Insider Escapes offers both domestic and international itineraries in varying price points, for individual or group travel. Consumers can work directly with American Express Travel Insiders to custom-tailor the “Insider Escapes” itineraries to their personal interests and travel budget. To learn more about the Insider Escapes itineraries visit https://InsiderEscapes.AmexTravel.com or to view the Yahoo! Travel experience visit http://travel.yahoo.com/insider-escapes. About American Express Travel American Express entered the travel agency business in 1915 and today operates one of the world's largest travel agency networks in more than 140 countries worldwide.www.AmexTravel.com About American Express American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress. American ExpressMarisa Schneer, 212-640-2228Marisa.s.schneer@aexp.com