Lonely Planet vs. Thorn Tree
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2012 7:16 PM Last Post By: alterigor
Mar 4, 2012 10:05 PM
Lonely Planet vs. Thorn TreeI’ve noticed that there is confusion among some posters on the Thorn Tree Mexico Branch about the difference between the forum and Lonely Planet books.
Complaints have been made about Lonely Planet books no longer catering to the budget traveler. Whether or not that is the case, Lonely Planet has made this forum available for the discussion of topics that might be out of the scope of LP books. People who respond here are not employees of LP. If you have suggestions about the direction of LP, please direct them here: Lonely Planet Feedback.
Mar 5, 2012 6:50 AM
1People who whine about LP guides, particularly the Mexico guide, not being as comprehensive as they'd like probably have never purchased one of the books. That's been my observation, after reading the commentaries. Guidbooks were never meant to be all-inclusive. They'll lead you to some properties in your price range, and there are typically other similarly priced lodging choices in the same or nearly the same price range in the vicinity from which we can make a choice. I don't think it's the experienced traveler who makes such observations, but the newbies, or infrequent travelers. The TT, from what I understand, is meant to be a supplement to the guidebooks. An opportunity for travelers to share what they've learned which is not in the guidebooks, or to expand upon what's in the books. The suggestion to leave feedback is a good one. Because, every once and a while, the feedback results in a positive change the maker of the comment has suggested.
Mar 5, 2012 7:16 PM
I’ve noticed that there is confusion among some posters on the Thorn Tree Mexico Branch about the difference between the forum and Lonely Planet books
I don't think there has been any confusion. Forum is a forum and publications are the publications. It does not mean, however, Forum posters are not supposed to or are not welcomed to share their opinions on the publications, LP or otherwise, with other travelers here. After all, guide books we buy and use directly affect our travel experience.
In a recent thread started by siemprejulia, which I am sure you are referring above, OP indeed discussed that LP moves from targeting budget travelers to targeting broader range of travelers including upscale and business ones. This is a valid observation and may be useful for many folks: for decades LP has had a reputation of budget/shoestring traveler's guidebook and many independent travelers still are under this impression -- while this reputation is not fully correct any longer. Making people aware of this change in the publisher's direction is valid contribution to this forum.
Complaints have been made about Lonely Planet books no longer catering to the budget traveler. Whether or not that is the case
This is not some sort of an "urban legend". BBC stated their policy towards LP it bought out in 2008 very clear. Now that it bought out the last 25% from Wheelers early last year, it just pushing the change, alongside other changes, actually -- a bit more aggressively.
If you have suggestions about the direction of LP, please direct them here: Lonely Planet Feedback.
Yes and No. "Yes" - because there is nothing wrong with expressing your opinion about the product you use to the manufacturer/publisher. "No" - because it would be naive to think that a global corporation that BBC is actually cares much about some individual feedback.
They have a global strategy and the only thing that truly affects and can cause change in their approaches and directions are the sales numbers.
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