Mon, 21/02/2011 - 09:03
Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler have ended their ties with Lonely Planet, the guidebook publisher they founded in 1973. BBC Worldwide acquired 75% of the publisher in 2007 for £89m, and has now paid a further £42m for the remaining shares.
The move sees the Wheelers step out of the business they have been...
Tue, 14/07/2009 - 14:20
The decline in worldwide travel book sales has had a "considerable impact" on Lonely Planet, its parent BBC Worldwide (BBCW) has reported. Lonely Planet's sales were £43m in the year to end-March 2009, with the travel publisher's overall loss reported to be £9.6m. But BBCW said it had no plans to scale-back its...
Wed, 10/06/2009 - 16:30
Response has travelled far and wide to the news that Penguin has signed an exclusive deal with W H Smith Travel to solely sell its foreign travel guides. Since we broke the story last Friday, national newspapers and blogs have adopted and adapted the story.
First off the mark was The Times, which reported the deal on Monday....
Thu, 02/04/2009 - 14:25
The legal dispute between Compass Maps and Geocenter has been settled. The two companies have now agreed to collaborate and produce a series of 50 co-branded Berlitz PopOut Maps to be published this autumn.
Compass launched legal proceedings against Berlitz's distributor Geocenter in April last year, claiming that its branded Pocket...
Thu, 05/02/2009 - 12:11
DK Eyewitness Travel has been voted the top guidebook series by Wanderlust magazine; DK last won the prize 10 years ago.
The annual Wanderlust Travel Awards are based on the results of a poll among its readers. This year the awards attracted almost 3,000 votes.
Voters chose DK for its "maps, 3D illustrations...
Tue, 25/11/2008 - 13:03
The BBC's Lonely Planet magazine will launch this Friday (28th) amid continuing controversy about the BBC's acquisition of the travel publisher. The first issue of the magazine will include features, which tie in to BBC travel programmes, including Sandrine's Paris and Stephen Fry in America. The magazine will also include mini...