TripsayTripsay, the Finnish social travel site offering personalized travel tips (coverage), has welcomed Alfonso Castellano as their new board member.

Castellano has made a 25+ year career in the travel industry, being Managing Director of Southern Europe for nine years at LastMinute.com, and the head of Latin American expansion and global hotel contracting and procurement. Castellano had the role of SVP Consumer business at Travelocity following its billion-dollar acquisition of LastMinute.com. This year he has statedly two travel technology/innovation related companies to launch, InnovaTravel, a seed company to support travel innovation and travel start-ups, and MindProject, providing consultancy and training in innovation, technology, marketing and distribution for travel companies.

TripSays’s service was launched a few months ago, and Castellano helps to bring in long experience and insight in building successful online travel businesses and compelling features for users and partners. Castellano’s comment indicates also that his InnovaTravel will have a stake in TripSay: “Tripsay.com will be one of the jewels of the InnovaTravel portfolio.”

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