Posted by somtam2000 on 1/10/2007 at 13:42 admin
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.
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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 24/3/2008 at 05:30
Oh what?! Will this bee good for us (people that buy them) or not?
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Posted by mikethediver on 24/3/2008 at 16:56
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.
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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 29/3/2008 at 23:09
Yeah. I expect it will turn into tourist planet. Oh well. We can only wait an see.
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Posted by SoloHobo on 19/3/2013 at 07:20
BBC just sold LP, after a major loss.
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Posted by freiburger on 19/3/2013 at 10:14
more Info in German:
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Posted by somtam2000 on 19/3/2013 at 23:03 admin
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.
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Posted by fondo on 20/3/2013 at 19:12
Makes me wonder if the recent purge was a condition of the sale. The purchaser wanted the intellectual property but wasn't all that keen on a community.
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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/3/2013 at 21:44 admin
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.
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Posted by fuckLPnTT on 10/11/2014 at 17:05
"seems LP wasn't picking up the phone"
Maybe all of them were out looking for a new job?
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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/11/2014 at 18:38 admin
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.
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Posted by MADMAC on 11/11/2014 at 00:09
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.
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