GLUTEN FREE TRAVEL, LLC LAUNCHES FIRST WEBSITE FOCUSED EXCLUSIVELY ON USER-SUBMITTED GLUTEN-FREE TRAVEL REVIEWS
Site Will Provide People On Gluten-Free Diets With An Easy Way To Search Reviews of Hotels, Resorts, and Restaurants That Accommodate Their Diets
South Riding, VA, April 3, 2008—Today, Gluten Free Travel, LLC launched GlutenFreeTravelSite.com, the first website focused on helping people with Celiac — and others following gluten-free diets — locate hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world that accommodate their special diets. As more people get diagnosed with Celiac Disease every day and awareness grows, an increasing number of hotels, resorts, and restaurants are realizing this is a niche market they can't ignore. As a result, they are developing special programs and menus to cater to this growing market.
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that compromises the body's ability to digest gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Those foods can flatten the villi in the intestines and prevent the proper absorption of food and nutrients, leading to serious health consequences. According to a 2003 study led by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore, Celiac Disease may affect as many as 1 in 133 people in the United States. Unlike an allergy, a person does not outgrow Celiac Disease and must follow a strict gluten-free diet for life in order to maintain their health.
Alessio Fasano, M.D., the study's principal investigator and professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research says, "While the gluten free diet is the cornerstone for an effective and successful treatment of Celiac Disease, its implementation can be challenging, particularly in situations like traveling or dining out, in which patients need to rely on third parties for accurate compliance."
Until now, simply finding the right hotels and restaurants — whether for business or personal travel — has typically required much patience and research. GlutenFreeTravelSite.com will help people who love to travel — but have found it difficult and time-consuming to find appropriate dining options due to their dietary restrictions. The site will let people on gluten-free diets Take a Vacation from Worry, eliminating the uncertainty when picking a travel destination.
Because the site will be organized by geographic region, visitors will be able to quickly and easily search reviews — posted by others with the same concerns — to find the information that's relevant to them. And, upon returning from a trip, they'll be able to share their good (or bad) travel experiences with others by submitting their own review to the site.