Totally unrelated to anything here, but pretty big news in the travel guide publishing industry today -- the BBC has just purchased 75% of Lonely Planet. Full story here.
I doubt it will do us travellers much good. I felt for some time that the LP had lost it's way; some of their more recent guides look like the wording had been obtained from a sales bouchure and some guides totally uneccessary as it related to a totally tourisy area that backpapers wouldn't be seen dead in!
I fear it will move the LP guides away from the backpaper to the beeter heeled market. However, I just 'Rough Guides' now anyway.
BBC just sold LP, after a major loss.
#5 SoloHobo has been a member since 12/1/2013. Posts: 10
more Info in German:
#6 freiburger has been a member since 27/12/2012. Posts: 125
Yes indeed, the sale is done -- to a very new company (they only registered a domain name mid last year and started a Facebook page today) so looks like it could be interesting.
Skift had the original scoop, with a followup here and Tnooz covered it here. Other stories include Guardian & the Age.
There's also a piece in today's Australian Financial Review, with a couple of quotes from me -- the journalist called yesterday - seems LP wasn't picking up the phone .
The story is normally behind the AFR paywall, but is free today.
"seems LP wasn't picking up the phone"
Maybe all of them were out looking for a new job?
#10 fuckLPnTT has been a member since 8/11/2014. Posts: 3
Ahh, you're welcome to post about travel, but digging up old LP posts to post the same links is kinda boring. Please don't keep doing it.
The LP name has cache, but that's it. In terms of product... If I am planning on going somewhere I come here for info. It wouldn't even cross my mind to go to LP. I just read it for humor.
#12 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957