Wikipedia announced plans to launch a new travel site, Wikivoyage. The new website, which is planned as an entirely non-commercial endeavor, will:
- Serve as a resource for travelers looking for “lodging, transportation, food, nightlife, and other necessities.”
- Provide destination reviews, itineraries and reservation information.
- Enable the creation of ad-hoc travel guides, “small fit-to-purpose travel books that match a particular itinerary.”
Industry analysts speculate that the non-commercial nature of Wikivoyage could make it a problem for commercial players in the online travel space, like Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity & priceline.com. Others worry it might not produce enough high-quality resources to earn the trust of travelers. Until that question is answered, existing travel sites with good user-generated content like BestTripChoices.com
may remain more attractive to travelers.