Google Trying Hands on Tourism with City Tours

Jun 26, 2009 | 1,670 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The latest addition in Google Labs is the City Tours, which will give Google an entry in the tourism business. If you write a city name, Google will not only suggest sites to see but also give a map of the multi-day itinerary and propose you minute-by-minute travel schedule to follow.

The most impressive thing about City Tours is that it doesn't only cover major travel destinations like Las Vegas, Sydney or New York, but you will also find details about spots like KeyWest, Kennewick that you would not have heard of before. Remember that Google will provide information keeping a three-day tour in mind.

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In reality, Google is experimenting and the City Tours is still a lab project that has plenty of scope for improvement and growth. If you keep the “wow” things aside, you will see that Kennewick tour will suggest you a walk from sight to sight. In reality, the walks will be of estimated 83 and 88 minutes. Such a walking tour will be great for New York or San Francisco, but not for small towns.

Still, City Tours is a fun tool. You can add or remove sights by giving specific dates. Google is pulling in public transit information or even listings like sports and concerts. It would be great to find local businesses writing their own suggested city tours, the location of the shop and thus embedding the tour maps on their websites.

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Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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