Thursday, June 25, 2009

Google Dips Its Toe Into Travel Space With City Tours

Google has just debuted the latest entry to its fleet of Labs
products, introducing the search giant to the travel space. Dubbed
City Tours, the new site can build itineraries for brief trips to
locations around the globe in a matter of seconds. At this point
details on the new product are fairly sparse — it looks like Google
hasn't written its customary blog post yet, but given how basic the
product is it's pretty easy to figure out how it works.

Getting started is incredibly easy — just type in where you're
visiting (say, San Francisco or London), and Google will present a
suggested itinerary spanning a three day trip, with around a dozen
attractions per day depending on the city. From there you can change
the number of days you'll be staying (Google will show more
attractions the longer you stay), and you can also manually adjust the
list of places you'd like to visit. You can add a new attraction by
entering its name in a text field, and Google will try to find it in
its database. All attractions include a star rating, along with its
hours operation and location.

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