iExplore, Web Travel Site, Partners With National Geographic Society

Take a Web site launched six months ago by a 31-year-old entrepreneur. Combine with a respected, 112-year-old educational and research institution. What you get is the first major dot-com deal by the National Geographic Society.<@SM><@SM><TAB>National Geographic announced yesterday that it is taking a 30 percent stake in iExplore, an online travel agent that offers trips to more than 150 countries through an array of tour operators.

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