April News & Releases

  • 1 April 2010
  • UK

>> Lonely Planet’s first ever travel awards

Exciting news! Lonely Planet’s first ever travel awards are now ready and raring to go, with travel lovers being able to cast their votes from April 15th at www.lonelyplanet.com/awards

Each question comes with a shortlist drawn up by a prestigious panel of Lonely Planet experts including Co-founder Tony Wheeler, Travel Editor Tom Hall and Lonely Planet Magazine Editor Peter Grunert. As an added bonus, everyone taking part in the voting can claim a 30% discount from the Lonely Planet online shop and could have the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Lost Cities of Angkor’ adventure trip to Cambodia and Thailand, courtesy of Explore.

The voting site will stay open until 31 May 2010 and the results will be published online and in Lonely Planet Magazine from 19 August 2010.

For more information please contact: heather.carswell@lonelyplanet.co.uk

>> New faces and changing places

Sue Norton will be the newest member of the Lonely Planet team when she joins us as Senior Vice President and Head of Lonely Planet Television. Sue is an award-winning senior television executive who joins us from Travel Channel Studios, with production and development credits that include: Wild China, Most Haunted Live, Not Your Average Travel Guide, to name but a few. We are delighted to have Sue on board in Los Angeles & look forward to being able to bring you more exciting LPTV news soon.

We are very pleased to announce that our Marketing Director of 3 years, Shona Gold, has now been promoted to Marketing and Sales Director, EMEA. Shona will now be responsible for leading Lonely Planet’s Marketing across both print and digital, and the print Sales function in Europe and Lonely Planet’s online shop.

>> Transitioning from offline to online with Sue Hunt

Our new Head of Advertising, Sue Hunt, will be speaking at ‘Internet World Seminars 2010’ on 29th April. Internet World 2010 is Europe’s longest running, best attended and biggest annual event for digital marketing and online business. Sue will be taking to the ‘Advertising, Search and Affiliate Theatre’ to introduce herself and talk about Lonely Planet’s up-and-coming online and offline plans. Register online for free entry and check out all the exhibition details at www.internetworld.co.uk

If you’d like more info please contact:  angela.wilkinson@lonelyplanet.co.uk

April releases

We can provide gratis copies of lonely planet titles for review or recommendation

Cover images are also available for new releases

For more information please contact: pressenq@lonelyplanet.co.uk

>> Save on your carbon footprint and put in some extra miles

This month sees the 2nd editions of our hiking Italy, Ireland and Spain guides released. With ever increasing numbers of savvy travellers seeking out eco-friendly ways to make the most out of their trips, what better way to see a country than getting back to nature With detail hike descriptions and each complete with a handy 2-colour map, navigating a country or region by foot has never been easier. So take a deep breath of fresh country air and let’s go!

>> Tom’s new live chat

Tom Hall Tom Hall will now be doing a live Q & A session on anything travel-related for Guardian Travel at 1pm every Wednesday. Travellers can email or post questions for Tom and he will answer as many as he can in the 1 hour slot. Last week’s chat saw 100 emails, 120+ comments, and very sore fingers! Check Tom out every Wednesday at –



BOLIVIA                                             7th edition £17.99

COASTAL CALIFORNIA                3rd edition £13.99

HIKING IN IRELAND                       3rd edition £15.99

HIKING IN ITALY                             3rd edition £15.99

HIKING IN SPAIN                            4th edition £15.99

ISTANBUL                                        6th edition £13.99

KOREA                                              8th edition £16.99

MALTA & GOZO                               4th edition £16.99

PERU                                                 7th edition £15.99

WASHINGTON DC                          4th edition £12.99

Lonely Planet Magazine: April issue

>> 10 Easy Trips – Celebrate Easter in Greece or canoe the Norfolk Broads with this month’s best short-break ideas (page 23)

>> The Perfect Trip: India – Allow our expert to guide you on a journey through northern India, taking in the Taj Mahal, a tiger-inhabited national park, serene lakes, glittering bazaars, and the beautiful Thar desert  (page 40)

>> Short Breaks by Train – Bank holiday inspiration aplenty, with ideas for visits to Rouen, Dijon, Exeter, Ghent and much more, all chosen by Lonely Planet expert Anthony Ham (page 86)

>> Mini Guides – Free cut-out and keep guides to Exmoor, Isle of Skye, Seville, Kraków, Liguria and Chicago (page 123)

>> Corsica, Mali and a blues inspired journey from New Orleans to Chicago, also feature in the April issue of Lonely Planet Magazine

The Lonely Planet Magazine team is available now to discuss the April issue.

For further information or to book an interview contact:

Gemma Diaper, BBC Magazines Press Office on 020 8433 2208 or email: gemma.diaper@bbc.com