Friday, May 7, 2010

PRIVY Harnesses Exclusive Social Network Expertise to Launch Privy 5 "Best of" City Guides, a company where I serve as an advisor, just launched their "Privy 5 Shanghai Guide". Privy functions as a private travel platform for jetset types to discreetly sync travel itineraries to see who's in town as well as exchange tried-and-true lifestyle information about what's best in a given city. This "inside information" is typically shared among friends and business associates formed the basis of the Privy 5 Shanghai Guide. More from their official press release...

Inaugural Guide To Introduce “Best of Shanghai” to help over 70 million World Expo Visitors Navigate the City

Privy, a private travel network focused on Asia, is harnessing the power and expertise of their exclusive social network to launch "Privy 5" Transpacific City Guides. And just in time for World Expo 2010, Privy introduces their inaugural guide: "Privy 5 Shanghai Guide," an online guide that includes over 30 "top five" lists highlighting the best the city has to offer. The complete guide can be accessed at:

The comprehensive guide highlights150 “must visit” places to eat, drink, stay, play, shop & relax during the World Expo in Shanghai. Shanghai is the first city in a series of Privy 5 Guides which will eventually include Beijing, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Seoul and Tokyo. Shanghai, China's largest and most cosmopolitan city in China, boasts a myriad of restaurants, high-end stores, and extravagant clubs and lounges which can be daunting to navigate for first-time visitors.

Privy Founder/CEO Stephen Liu adds: "While there are many online city guides targeted at backpacker types, we felt there was a need for a savvier, true insider's guide to the city. In preparing the guide, we were also able to take advantage of the fact that many of our members are bi-cultural executives or Asia travel enthusiasts whom are either based in Shanghai or travel there frequently."

Culled from an exclusive network of executives and key influencers, the guide organizes the city into a series of "top five" lists, some of which include:

Privy 5 Romantic Restaurants
Privy 5 Places to get a Foot Massage
Privy 5 French Restaurants
Privy 5 Bars with a View
Privy 5 Shanghainese Cuisine
Privy 5 Places to See
Privy 5 Sichuan Food
Privy 5 Places to Sleep
Privy 5 Cantonese Cuisine
Privy 5 Hotel Bars
Privy 5 Places to Shop
Privy 5 Jazz Clubs

About Privy:
Privy is a private global network and travel resource for a select group of transpacific executives and key influencers. Privy functions as a social compass that enables like-minded people who travel frequently within and to Asia to share lifestyle reviews and coordinate roving itineraries in a discreet, trusted environment. To ensure the site remains intimate, relevant and exclusive -- membership to Privy is “by invitation only” from a trusted member with invitation privileges. Privy also provides a unique opportunity for luxury/hospitality brands to connect at the “point-of-sale” to a small but hyper-targeted affluent set of key influencers who are already sharing travel plans and lifestyle reviews. For more info, please go to:

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