Better times ahead for travel?

<p>The first <a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde">Travel Bookseller</a> of the year brings some good news. We have reported steadily falling sales in the atlases, maps and travel product class through Nielsen BookScan over the past few years, but t<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/14">hings seem to be looking up at last, with the sector's fortunes as a whole improving towards the end of 2007</a>.<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde" target="_blank"><img width="200" height="260" align="right" alt="Travel Bookseller" src="/documents/UserContributed/image/travelbooksellerforweb.gif" /></a></p>
<p>Last year, of course, saw plenty of changes&mdash;the most talked about being BBC Worldwide's acquisition of Lonely Planet, whose next steps will be being closely watched by other travel publishers both large and small. Other moves that could have some impact include the AA and Saga merger and the acquisition of Footprint by Globe Pequot. In the article &quot;<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/4">Sunnier days on the horizon?</a>&quot; we ask what 2008 has in store for the sector.</p>
<p>While there is little doubt that the choice of travel publications for consumers has never been greater, this makes the task of travel buying as difficult as it is fantastic. The sheer range available gives the satisfaction of knowing that every customer should find a suitable product at a suitable price point, but buyers report that finding space for each new series coming to market is getting tricky.</p>
<p>Publishers are also under increasing pressure to keep their vast ranges constantly updated while keeping their own costs down. The Travel Bookseller has been contacted by several authors who say they have concerns about the production methods being used by some publishers and some also say they are not paid enough or given enough time to do on-location research. We investigate the issues in the article &quot;<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/6">A raw package deal?</a>&quot;</p>
<p>In such competitive times the race is also on to be the first to spot new travel trends and get relevant products to market. We look at some of the emerging hot destinations booksellers will want to keep an eye on in the article &quot;<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/11">Stay a step ahead</a>&quot;. Another trend of late has been to publish guides to war-torn destinations. Hannah Davies looks at what is driving this trend and whether it is sensible to encourage travel to these areas in the article &quot;<a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/8">Risky business</a>&quot;.</p>
<p>Of course, The Travel Bookseller would not be complete without the <a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/15">chart pages</a> or without the <a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1M47975139b4b71012.cde/page/16">travel preview</a>, where Andrew Steed of Stanfords has done a grand job of pulling together some of the key titles booksellers might want to consider stocking in 2008.</p>