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Taken from PR WEB (September 10, 2005)

Making the Planet Less Lonely

with Critically Acclaimed Musicians Michael Franti and Karsh Kale in New York, Chicago and San Francisco

Michael Franti World leader in travel publishing Lonely Planet teams up with musicians Michael Franti, Karsh Kale and more to promote passport awareness and congressional initiatives.

(PRWEB) September 10, 2005 -- Critically acclaimed musician / activist Michael Franti and electronic world music pioneer Karsh Kale have teamed up with the world's leading travel publisher Lonely Planet to promote its national passport / travel movement with three exciting events this September.

The global leader in travel publishing, Lonely Planet has been working with Congresswoman Barbara Lee to have Congress declare every September National Passport Month. The facts show that fewer than 23% of Americans hold a passport. This means that literally millions of Americans are unable to take advantage of the personal rewards offered by international travel. The resolution has received extraordinary bi-partisan support and has quickly garnered 49 co-sponsors. Simultaneously, petitions supporting this effort have been circulating online and offline with thousands of endorsements received from institutions, organizations and individuals.

To increase awareness of the benefits of worldwide travel, specifically to the 18-34 demographic, Lonely Planet has joined forces with globally respected musicians Michael Franti and Karsh Kale to headline music / travel events this month. The "Passport to the World" events will take place on September 22 at the Spirit Club in New York City, September 24 at Chicago's Park West and September 30 at the Mezzanine in San Francisco. The events will feature performances from Franti, Kale and local world beat musicians in each city and much more. Attendees will be able to have their passport photos taken and receive passport applications, meet and talk to Lonely Planet authors and experts, tape video testimonials about their greatest travel story (or greatest travel dream), and experience the sights and sounds of world travel in the Lonely Planet Lounge. Local booksellers will be selling Lonely Planet guides at each event and a portion of the proceeds will go to local charities (NYC - http://www.groundworkinc.org/, Chicago (http://www.umojacorporation.org/) and San Francisco http://www.projectspera.org/). Event pricing will be $15 in each market.

Lonely Planet is passionately dedicated to the promotion of travel, and to sharing the riches that travel bestows. The company knows from decades of exploration and interaction that international travel helps individuals everywhere learn understanding, tolerance and mutual respect for other cultures.

Other musicians confirmed for the September shows include Globesonic, Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco), Haale (Israel), Carol C (Si Se / Puerto Rico) in New York, Goran Ivanovic (Croatia), Yang Ying (China) in Chicago and Los Moscosos and Soul Salaam's Hypnomadic in San Francisco. More performers will be announced.

Lonely Planet has also just released a book entitled Don't Let the World Pass You By! 52 Reasons to Have a Passport. Written by eight Lonely Planet authors from across the country, this one-of-a-kind book presents 52 reasons, along with humorous personal anecdotes that illustrate the value of getting a passport and traveling abroad. The book features an Introduction by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler and a foreword by Phil Keoghan, host of the award-winning, world-exploring television show "The Amazing Race."

Lonely Planet has established a website, http://www.gotpassport.com/, where Internet users can sign the passport petition. In the fall, this site will also present National Passport Month resolution updates and announce a wide range of passport-related events and trip giveaways/sweepstakes which Lonely Planet will be sponsoring around the country.


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