Friday, December 04, 2009

Travel & Technology Roundup - Week 38, 2009

Hello all,
Apologies for the long time between posts. The market seems to be picking up again and we at have been very busy indeed. This is a good thing.

There have been loads of things going on in tech and travel.

Nokia buys travel social network Dopplr....then weeks later there are rumours they want to sell it. What is going on here? Techcrunch believes Nokia wanted the management team (many of them former Nokians) but not really the business. Any buyers out there? Actually, we may want to give Nokia a call.....

You heard it here first: Time Out launches city guide ebooks. There are 54 titles in Time Out’s City Guide series, with Paris the first guide to be developed as an ebook and London, Venice, Barcelona, New York and Cape Town in the coming weeks. No link unfortunately.

New adventure travel company, Kumutu, appeared on our radar screen. Kumutu aggregate and promote adventure travel destinations and tours. Adventure tour operators can register for free and be added to Kumutu's GDS system. A new company, they've done a good job so far with 400 tour operators already in their system.

Our friends at Spot Cool Stuff have listed 5 Amazing Towns on Perilous Cliff Sides. I won't give the game away, but they're all in Europe except for one. The photos are absolutely stunning. A must read article from this super cool website.

Finally, here's a round up of what's been happening at

New Israel Travel Guide launches today! It's still a work in progress, but we've got some of our best writers on the case to make it even better. Special thanks to Anthea Gerrie for so diligently churning out article after article these past few months.

We've also launched a New York City everyone knows New York, like London, is a tough one to do properly. We've had a go and have enough New York restaurant and hotel reviews for at least a good ol' weekend of shopping, food and booze. Any writers out there who want to contribute please get in touch with us.

But we're especially excited about It's a Wild World, our ecotourism and wildlife travel section. Edited by wildlife journalist, Ron Toft, this section really brings wildlife tourism to the fore and shows us that it's not just for geeky birdwatching enthusiasts, but for all of us. And in this day and age of environmental peril, we think everyone should read these articles to help remind us what is at stake, and maybe awaken the hidden activist in all of us.

Other great features include:
* The Best European Christmas Markets
* Top 10 Christmas Gift Travel Gadgets recommended by The Kitmaster
* Newly redesigned Weekend Breaks section, including weekend breaks in England, Scotland, Paris, France, Eastern and Western Europe.
* Coming soon...a new mini guide to Philadelphia. Stay tuned.

Happy travels.

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