While Washington, D.C. and Savannah, Georgia withdrew moves to require the licensing of tour guides, Charleston is intent on doing so although the outcome of a lawsuit will have something to say about that.
As with anything Google does, you can expect Google Trips to be very much a work in progress that goes through numerous iterations before it becomes available to the public. But its beta release expands Google's footprint in the travel ecosystem especially since so many consumers begin their trip planning in the search engine and explore destinations with the Maps app.
The challenge for TripAdvisor is whether it will win by being an all-encompassing app or whether it is better to be more focused like Expedia's or HotelTonight's apps. In phasing out its City Guides app, TripAdvisor is putting itself in the comprehensive camp.
Due to the seamless user experience and interface, Detour truly delivers on the demand for authentic, local travel experiences and immersive educational travel. As with all of these creative attempts at tours: Do users actually care?
After numerous run ins with Google, Yelp has hopefully learned that it can't expect anything from the search giant.
Gogobot is a small factor today in competing with category leader TripAdvisor on the reviews' front, but the HomeAway partnership will enable it to increase its profile on the back of HomeAway's global footprint.
This is one travel segment still ripe for disruption. There is high demand for curated tours, but the process for sourcing and training local experts to lead them hasn't become any easier.
The rise of peer-to-peer tour guide websites masks a real issue that pre-dates them: Illegal, unliscensed guides scamming unsuspecting tourists.
Foursquare's making a big bet that users will check-in to the new experience, but it needed a big change to move forward.
Overall, travelers today are looking to travel with friends and family and use local firms in the destination they’re going to.