Yahoo! takes Trip Planner to UK and Ireland
Yahoo! UK & Ireland has introduced interactive tool Trip Planner, which integrates several existing Yahoo! products and services such as Flickr, Yahoo! Travel Guides and Yahoo! Maps apart from enabling travellers to document their personal travel experiences. (8/1/2007)
The search engine emphasised that by blending social search, photos, advice and insight from Yahoo!’s online community, Trip Planner will become a growing interactive archive of personal travel experiences for travellers looking to plan a trip, create their own customised printable travel guide or share travel experiences with friends, family and other Yahoo! Travel users.
Tim Frankcom, GM of Yahoo! Travel & Shopping Europe said, “Take a closer look at Yahoo! Travel and you’ll see a theme of ‘collective intelligence’ taking root across the site. People are no longer limited to just booking tickets online, and by incorporating interactive and social media elements, we’re creating one of the most useful and dynamic travel resources available.”
“Just as other Yahoo! social search products like Flickr, Yahoo! Answers, del.icio.us, and MyWeb have created a platform for sharing information between users, Trip Planner is about offering a way for travellers to benefit from sharing their travel experiences.”
Trip Planner features include:
· Trip Journals: A tool for travellers to use post-trip to share their travel experiences and for people to use while researching travel experiences. It gives users the ability to add journal entries and photos in a personalised format and has a simple search function that assists other users in finding the most useful journal entries to help plan their travel.
· Interactive Map: A tool for travel inspiration, allowing users to visually explore trip plans across the globe on an interactive map. Interactive Map includes Top Trip Plans that are plotted on an easy-to-use interactive map. Using dynamic pan and zoom map technology it enables users to focus on and discover the trip plans most relevant to them.www.uk.travel.yahoo.com/trip-planner-explore
Other features include Web clipping and tagging functionality; Variety of printing options for take-along travel guides; Community feedback and comment system.