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Established trip-planning sites, whether they deal in individual travelers or groups, are not fearful of this acquisition.
Although most travelers research more than a dozen sites when planning a trip, information and direction shared by official tourism boards are key to building awareness of a destinations' offerings and opportunities.
Trippy is banking on the premise that its new question and answer platform for travel will be a cut above the rest in terms of quality, and that it will distinguish itself in the way it maps attractions and concisely summarises their basics for travel planning. That begs the question: Will it be enough?
The key learnings are in the socio-demographic breakdowns: the young are using and seeking out travel information in many different ways than previous generations have, and the shares of various channels are likely continue to change in the next few years.