The folk behind the world’s fifth most popular web property, Wikipedia, are said to be pondering the creation of a Wikipedia-inspired travel guide, likely to compete with TripAdvisor and guidebook publishers across the globe.
A Wikimedia spokesperson told e-Travel Blackboard that while the project has been “in discussion over the last month”, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Directors has yet to sign off on full implementation of the project.
“The conversation is still unfolding,” they said, adding that the board will likely make a decision in six weeks.
The as-yet unnamed travel guide is likely to be free of advertisements – as opposed to supposed travel wiki leader, Wikitravel, whose ads and lack of development is said to have deterred contributors and travelers alike, Skift.com reported.
Given that Wikipedia is often found amongst the top offerings in search engine results, many are questioning the impact the travel guide will have on the current market.
According to Skift.com, guidebook publishers are monitoring developments, but feel the best guidebooks aren’t going anywhere.
Fellow user-generated site TripAdvisor is often attacked for questionable posts submitted by subjective parties.
Wikipedia’s goal is at once simple and complicated: “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.” How this will play in the world of travel is yet to be seen.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A