Affinity International Travel Systems Appoints New Outside Directors

-- Adds Expertise in Finance, Technology, and Operations --



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Affinity International Travel Systems, Inc.

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 03 /PRNewswire/ -- Affinity International
 Travel Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   AFFT), a leading travel technology,
 content, and fulfillment company, today announced the appointment of three new
 members to its Board of Directors: John Singleton, Jim Vecchione, and C. Rex
 Welton.
     Dan Brandano, CEO of Affinity, stated, "These appointments expand the
 number of outside directors who will participate in governing the strategic
 direction of Affinity. Following a trend among smaller, dynamic public
 companies operating in high-growth industries, Affinity sought externally to
 expand its expertise in complementary areas such as finance, technology,
 operations, and marketing."
     Brandano added, "The new Board members are highly-regarded in their
 respective fields and should allow Affinity to open new doors to institutional
 banking and finance interests."
     John Singleton brings more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in
 domestic and international business, information systems, finance, and
 operations as the former General Manager of Business Development for
 IBM/Integrated Systems Solution Corporation. During his tenure, Mr. Singleton
 was responsible for creating strategic joint ventures and major systems
 architecture and systems integration relationships with IBM's top Fortune 500
 customers and partners.
     Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Singleton was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating
 Officer for Security Pacific Corporation, the fifth largest bank in the U.S.
 at the time.  He was successful as COO on increasing revenues of the company
 to over $500mm per year prior to acquisition by Bank of America in 1992.
     Jim Vecchione, a pioneer in travel software and Internet booking engine
 technologies, is the former Chief Operating Officer for leading travel
 technology company Datalex Communications USA.  During his career, Mr.
 Vecchione successfully founded, grew, and guided the sale of two separate
 travel booking engine technologies. He has provided travel technology
 consulting to major travel and transportation entities such as Amtrak,
 Marriott, and Bass Hotels and worked as an IBM Team Leader Consultant on the
 development of the industry leading Amadeus Computer Reservations System
 (CRS).
     C. Rex Welton, Chairman of Welton Sports, a company in the leisure travel
 business that specializes in luxury golf programs for corporations and groups.
 Rex is a respected businessman and philanthropist.  He formerly served as
 president for Parnell-Martin Companies, LLC, a leading national distributor of
 construction supplies. He currently serves on the boards of Park Meridian
 Bank, and Parnell-Martin, and brings decades of experience in the areas of
 finance, banking, operations, and distribution.
     The Company also announced that Director Joan Brandano was retiring from
 the Board effective April 30, 2001.  Effective May 1, 2001, the three new
 directors will join existing outside director John Vahl and Affinity Chairman
 and Chief Executive Officer Daniel G. Brandano, expanding the size of the
 Board to five members.
     Pursuant to its travel enabler growth strategy, Affinity intends to
 leverage the diverse experience and relational assets of the new directors to
 fill key internal management roles and provide strategic guidance in
 preparation for the upcoming launch of the next generation version of its
 private-label and co-branded travel solutions.
     Affinity International Travel Systems, Inc. is a travel technology,
 content, and fulfillment company that is implementing a travel enabler
 strategy that integrates multiple on- and off-line distribution channels.
 Through its affiliate, private-label, and co-branded travel technology and
 marketing solutions, the Company provides turnkey solutions to client-partner
 companies seeking to participate in this leading e-commerce category. Clients
 include Yahoo!, Juno Online Services, and Egghead.com.  For more information,
 visit the corporate website at www.affinityinternational.com.
 
     This release contains forward-looking statements, made subject to the
 "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties that might cause the actual results
 to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.
 Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the following:
 the Company may encounter difficulty in developing its Web sites; it may have
 difficulty raising the capital it needs to develop and market its Web sites
 and fund its operations; the Internet may not attract the degree of travel
 business that the Company expects; the Company may have difficulty competing
 with other travel companies, portals; market awareness and acceptance of the
 Company's Web site and product offerings; changes in government regulations
 affecting the Company's business; and overall market demand for travel
 services.
 
 

SOURCE Affinity International Travel Systems, Inc.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 03 /PRNewswire/ -- Affinity International
 Travel Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board:   AFFT), a leading travel technology,
 content, and fulfillment company, today announced the appointment of three new
 members to its Board of Directors: John Singleton, Jim Vecchione, and C. Rex
 Welton.
     Dan Brandano, CEO of Affinity, stated, "These appointments expand the
 number of outside directors who will participate in governing the strategic
 direction of Affinity. Following a trend among smaller, dynamic public
 companies operating in high-growth industries, Affinity sought externally to
 expand its expertise in complementary areas such as finance, technology,
 operations, and marketing."
     Brandano added, "The new Board members are highly-regarded in their
 respective fields and should allow Affinity to open new doors to institutional
 banking and finance interests."
     John Singleton brings more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in
 domestic and international business, information systems, finance, and
 operations as the former General Manager of Business Development for
 IBM/Integrated Systems Solution Corporation. During his tenure, Mr. Singleton
 was responsible for creating strategic joint ventures and major systems
 architecture and systems integration relationships with IBM's top Fortune 500
 customers and partners.
     Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Singleton was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating
 Officer for Security Pacific Corporation, the fifth largest bank in the U.S.
 at the time.  He was successful as COO on increasing revenues of the company
 to over $500mm per year prior to acquisition by Bank of America in 1992.
     Jim Vecchione, a pioneer in travel software and Internet booking engine
 technologies, is the former Chief Operating Officer for leading travel
 technology company Datalex Communications USA.  During his career, Mr.
 Vecchione successfully founded, grew, and guided the sale of two separate
 travel booking engine technologies. He has provided travel technology
 consulting to major travel and transportation entities such as Amtrak,
 Marriott, and Bass Hotels and worked as an IBM Team Leader Consultant on the
 development of the industry leading Amadeus Computer Reservations System
 (CRS).
     C. Rex Welton, Chairman of Welton Sports, a company in the leisure travel
 business that specializes in luxury golf programs for corporations and groups.
 Rex is a respected businessman and philanthropist.  He formerly served as
 president for Parnell-Martin Companies, LLC, a leading national distributor of
 construction supplies. He currently serves on the boards of Park Meridian
 Bank, and Parnell-Martin, and brings decades of experience in the areas of
 finance, banking, operations, and distribution.
     The Company also announced that Director Joan Brandano was retiring from
 the Board effective April 30, 2001.  Effective May 1, 2001, the three new
 directors will join existing outside director John Vahl and Affinity Chairman
 and Chief Executive Officer Daniel G. Brandano, expanding the size of the
 Board to five members.
     Pursuant to its travel enabler growth strategy, Affinity intends to
 leverage the diverse experience and relational assets of the new directors to
 fill key internal management roles and provide strategic guidance in
 preparation for the upcoming launch of the next generation version of its
 private-label and co-branded travel solutions.
     Affinity International Travel Systems, Inc. is a travel technology,
 content, and fulfillment company that is implementing a travel enabler
 strategy that integrates multiple on- and off-line distribution channels.
 Through its affiliate, private-label, and co-branded travel technology and
 marketing solutions, the Company provides turnkey solutions to client-partner
 companies seeking to participate in this leading e-commerce category. Clients
 include Yahoo!, Juno Online Services, and Egghead.com.  For more information,
 visit the corporate website at www.affinityinternational.com.
 
     This release contains forward-looking statements, made subject to the
 "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995, that involve risks and uncertainties that might cause the actual results
 to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.
 Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the following:
 the Company may encounter difficulty in developing its Web sites; it may have
 difficulty raising the capital it needs to develop and market its Web sites
 and fund its operations; the Internet may not attract the degree of travel
 business that the Company expects; the Company may have difficulty competing
 with other travel companies, portals; market awareness and acceptance of the
 Company's Web site and product offerings; changes in government regulations
 affecting the Company's business; and overall market demand for travel
 services.
 
 SOURCE  Affinity International Travel Systems, Inc.