Announcement from Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and Director for Emerging News Products Chris Meighan:

We are delighted to announce the development of a digital travel initiative designed to help travelers looking for a different experience.

The initiative will be led by editor Amanda Finnegan, who will direct a staff of 11. Like many of our new projects, this destination is being developed by the Emerging News Products team, which launched the Rainbow app, our Snapchat Discover channel, The Lily and our Apple News presence.

Amanda will report into the Emerging News Products team and work with Features, Photo, Video, Audience and Engagement, and Product and Engineering to create an unparalleled mobile travel experience.

This initiative signifies a dramatic expansion of our ambitions in travel journalism. Our award-winning Travel section will continue under the direction of editor Nicole Arthur, who will work with Amanda on the new initiative.

Amanda has been working as an assignment editor in Local with Lynda Robinson on Retropolis. She also has filled in for various editors, including working on enterprise and breaking news stories.

Before joining Local, Amanda worked as a homepage editor, where she was lead editor through events including Donald Trump’s inauguration, James Comey’s congressional testimony and the Boston Marathon bombing. She acted as liaison between the newsroom and Engineering during the Classic iPhone app relaunch and developed standards for alert procedures.

Amanda has also served as a weekend assignment editor on the National staff and as the interim editor of The Fix politics blog. Before arriving at The Post in 2012, Amanda was a Web producer at Bloomberg and a reporter and editor at the Las Vegas Sun.

Amanda is a New Jersey native who attended Cabrini University in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She is the proud founder of Pie Day on the Universal Desk.