Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the
world. The company is owned by American billionaire Brad
Kelley's NC2 Media, which bought it in 2013 from
BBC Worldwide for
US$77 million (the equivalent of £45.5 million in May 2014) after it
was valued at US$250 million in 2008.
Originally called "
Lonely Planet Publications", the company changed
its name to "Lonely Planet" in July 2009 to reflect its broad travel
industry coverage and an emphasis on digital products. The Lonely
Planet books were the third series of travel books aimed at
backpackers and other low-cost travellers, after the Let's Go travel
guide series that was founded in 1960, and the BIT Guides from
1970. As of 2011[update], the company had sold 120 million books
since inception and by early 2014, it had sold around 11 million units
of its travel apps.
As of 2014[update], Lonely Planet's largest office is located in
Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, but its Franklin,
Tennessee, United States office is the company's de facto
Lonely Planet offices are spread throughout the
world, in locations such as London, United Kingdom; Beijing, China;
and Delhi, India.
1.1 Early years
1.3 Purchase by BBC Worldwide
1.4 NC2 Media acquisition
1.5 Appointment of new CEO and restructure
1.6 Houghton and NC2 Media era
2.1 Internet presence
2.3 Television series
4 In popular culture
5 See also
7 External links
Lonely Planet's guide to Australia (16th edition, 2011)
Lonely Planet was founded by married couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler.
Tony Wheeler graduated from the
University of Warwick
University of Warwick and London
Business School, and was a former engineer at the Chrysler
corporation. The pair met in
London in 1970 and, in July 1972, they
embarked on an overland trip through Europe and Asia, eventually
arriving in Australia in December 1972. The route that they followed
was first undertaken by vehicle on the 1955 Oxford-Cambridge Overland
The company name originated from Tony Wheeler's appreciation of a
misheard line in "Space Captain", a song written by Matthew Moore, and
first popularized by
Joe Cocker and
Leon Russell on the "Mad Dogs
& Englishmen" tour of 1970—the actual lyrics are "lovely
planet". Lonely Planet's first book, Across Asia on the Cheap,
consisting of 94 pages, was written by the couple in their home.
The original print run consisted of stapled booklets and sold out.
Following the success of the original booklet,
Tony Wheeler returned
to Asia with the deliberate intention of writing a travel guide and
Across Asia on the Cheap: A Complete Guide to Making the Overland Trip
was published in 1975. In October 2007 Observer writer Carol
Cadwalladr—who also coauthored Travellers' Survival Kit
Lebanon—described the book as "canonical".
Across Asia on the Cheap offered the advice of amateur travelers who
had completed the overland trip from
London to Sydney, Australia in
just under six months. The Wheelers offer practical advice, such as
the importance of not mentioning "arch enemies,
Iran or Israel" in
Iraq, as it is a "very hard-line socialist Arab country"; casual
observations, such as their description of
Singapore as a "groovy
place"; tips of an illegal nature, such as where to obtain fake
identification or an explanation of why one should have their "last
drag" of the drug cannabis before they arrive at the Iranian border;
and emergency options for people in need of money, whereby places that
"have a good price for blood" are identified.
During the 1970s, traveling was considered an aspect of the
Tony Wheeler said in 2013: "The boomers were
setting off to places their parents hadn't gone." What became known as
the "hippie trail" was a popular route for such travelers, as the
price of travel dropped and numerous Asian travel companies were
launched. Cadwalladr explained in 2007 that the introduction of
the Across Asia on the Cheap booklet was "a generational call to
arms", as it contained Tony Wheeler's motivational cry: "All you've
got to do is decide to go and the hardest part is over. So go."
Cadwalladr further states that Wheeler's peers throughout the world
subsequently made the decision to travel, regardless of whether they
Lonely Planet guide. Other travel guide brand names also
emerged in the early 1970s, such as
Rough Guides and Bradt.
The popularity of the hippy trail, combined with the success of the
Lonely Planet publications, led the Wheelers to further
develop the brand they had founded. The couple discovered writers in
bars and also told people that if they could return to Australia with
a completed book, then
Lonely Planet would publish it. Tony Wheeler
explained: "You couldn’t just look for travel book writers because
they weren’t out there. There wasn’t such an animal. We just told
people that if you turn up in a year and a half with a book, we’ll
publish it, and we did. It was very rough and ready." The
popularity of the overland route taken by the Wheelers in 1972
declined when Iran's borders closed in 1979.
Lonely Planet guide book series initially expanded in Asia, with
the India guide book that was first published in 1981, but
progressively became a dominant brand in the rest of the world, as
consumers appreciated the way that the manner in which the guides were
written—as former CEO Judy Slatyer explained: "telling it like it
is, without fear or favor." Wheeler explained in 2013, as part of
the brand's 40-year anniversary, that working with the company's early
writers, who were primarily travelers, was often challenging:
One writer came back with a 600-page guide to Jamaica—every pirate
who stopped in got his biography—and we had to cut it by two-thirds
... For a long time we had a problem that every writer wanted to
rewrite the history. We’d say, “Why are we rewriting the history
of India for the 10th time? Surely, it’s not changing every two
In a 2007 interview,
Tony Wheeler discussed one of the original Lonely
Planet writers, Geoff Crowther, who wrote guides for India, South
America, Africa and Korea. Crowther was renowned for frequently
inserting his opinions into the text of the guides he wrote, giving
the guide books real, gritty and un-politically-correct passion and
sometimes covering topics such as where to purchase the best hashish.
His writing was instrumental to the rise of Lonely Planet. The
journalist used the term "Geoffness", in tribute to Crowther, to
describe a quality that has been lost in travel guides.
Lonely Planet had sold 30 million copies of its travel guides
and, by this stage, the company was recognized beyond hippie trail
adventurers, and wealthier readers were an established part of the
readership. The company's authors consequently benefited from
profit-sharing and expensive events were held at the
at which limousines would arrive, filled with Lonely Planet
employees. By 2007,
Lonely Planet had officially been classified as
a "Superbrand", having published over 500 titles and had sold 80
million titles, translated into more than eight languages. Cadwalladr
relayed a rumor that, during one of his visits to Australia, Bill
Clinton requested an audience with the Prime Minister and "someone
from Lonely Planet".
Lonely Planet headquarters in Footscray
Purchase by BBC Worldwide
In October 2007, the Wheelers and Australian businessman John
Singleton, who became a shareholder in 1999, sold a 75% stake in the
company to BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. The stake was
worth an estimated £63 million at the time. At the same time, a
put option was negotiated on the remaining 25%. The owners
of a put option (eg the Wheelers and Singleton) have the right to sell
a specified amount of an underlying security (eg the remaining 25%) at
a specified price within a specified time. The deal was led by
David King, chief financial officer, and Ian Watson, International
Director, and advice was provided by
Deloitte Corporate Finance and
Blake, Dawson Waldron in Australia. Managing director of BBC
Worldwide's global brands division, Marcus Arthur, who became the
Lonely Planet after the finalization of the agreement,
explained in 2011 that implementing a put option arrangement allowed
the BBC "to benefit from the Wheelers' experience over the last three
and a half years," further explaining that the founding couple
"supported Lonely Planet's ongoing migration from a traditional book
publisher to a multi-platform brand."
In the BBC press release, published on October 1, 2007, the BBC
Worldwide CEO at the time, John Smith, explained:
Lonely Planet is a highly respected international brand and a global
leader in the provision of travel information. This deal fits well
with our strategy to create one of the world's leading content
businesses, to grow our portfolio of content brands online and to
increase our operations in Australia and America.
The Wheelers also shared their motivation in the press release,
stating: "we felt that
BBC Worldwide would provide a platform true to
our vision and values, while allowing us to take the business to the
next level." The founders have since written an autobiographical
book titled Once While Travelling: The
Lonely Planet Story (known
as Unlikely Destinations: The
Lonely Planet story in North
America), describing their relationship, their initial overland
journey and the founding of Lonely Planet.
Slatyer was the CEO of
Lonely Planet at the time and, in addition to
Melbourne headquarters, offices existed in the U.S. and the U.K.
The company was publishing 500 titles and the "next level" that the
Wheelers referred to involved ventures such as the production of the
third season of its flagship television series,
Lonely Planet Six
Degrees—in partnership with Discovery Networks and screened in over
100 countries—the company's website, which was attracting 4.3
million unique visitors each month, and the further development of
lonelyplanet.tv, Lonely Planet's travel video website that was used by
an online community of travelers, who could upload and watch their own
videos, as well as those created by Lonely Planet.
Also in 2007, companies in the same category were making significant
changes to their business operations. In early 2007, Bradt guides
founder Hilary Bradt announced her retirement, alongside veteran
independent publisher Charles James of
Vacation Work—both founded
their companies in the early 1970s like the Wheelers. Then, shortly
Lonely Planet deal, the owners of
Rough Guides sold their
25-year-old company to Penguin Books. Slatyer later reflected in
2014, in relation to the BBC acquisition: "We should have moved much
more aggressively into creating a digital space where travelers could
engage, interact, write their own guides".
The BBC deal also received a significant degree of criticism from
rival media companies, such as Time Out and the Guardian Media Group,
who argued that it represented an inappropriate expansion beyond the
core programming and content of the media corporation. Such a
sentiment was also evident within the BBC and the BBC Trust
consequently ruled that similar acquisitions must not be sought out by
the corporation's commercial arm in the future, unless "exceptional
circumstances" are present.
BBC Worldwide then struggled in the
initial period following the acquisition, registering a £3.2 million
loss in the year to the end of March 2009; however, the dire financial
situation was eventually reversed with the implementation of a
strategy that exploited new channels, such as Lonely Planet's
By the end of March 2010, profits of £1.9 million had been generated,
as digital revenues had risen 37% year-on-year over the preceding 12
months, spinoff products such as a
Lonely Planet magazine had grown
and non-print revenues increased from 9% in 2007 to 22%. Lonely
Planet's digital presence at this time included 140 apps and 8.5
million unique users for lonelyplanet.com, which hosted the well-known
Thorn Tree travel forum.
The eventual success achieved by
BBC Worldwide led to the acquisition
of the remaining 25% of the company, purchased for £42.1 million
(A$67.2 million) from the Wheelers. The Lonely Planet
magazine, launched in 2008, was described by the managing director of
BBC magazines as the "star of the show" and, at the time of the 25%
acquisition, eight editions were printed globally and the existing
circulation of 60,106 continued to significantly grow.
NC2 Media acquisition
BBC Worldwide had been unable to sustain the success that it had
achieved in 2010 by early 2012 and was interested in divesting itself
of the company. Factors such as a global recession and the
appreciation of the Australian dollar were cited as influential.
Kelley noticed the opportunity and approached
BBC Worldwide in April
2012 without an explanation for why he was interested in Lonely
Planet. The BBC did not make an offer immediately, but in March 2013,
the details of the sale were announced to the public.
On 19 March 2013, the BBC confirmed the sale of
Lonely Planet to
Kelley's NC2 Media for US$77.8 million (£51.5
million)—significantly less than the £130.2 million the BBC had
paid for the company, at nearly an £80 million (US$118.89 million)
loss. The BBC received £41.2 million (US$62.24 million) after the
completion of the deal, followed by the remaining £10.3 million
(U$15.56 million) twelve months later.
The BBC reassured the public that public money was not lost in the
BBC Worldwide used its own money, rather than the BBC's main
budget, which is primarily derived from a license fee on British
television-owning households, to purchase Lonely Planet; however, as
the New York Times reported, any financial losses impact upon the
BBC's overall funding because all
BBC Worldwide profits become part of
the BBC's monetary assets. The Trust consequently initiated a review
of the investment, while the Trust vice chairperson said to the media
that "at the time of purchase there was a credible rationale for this
Tony Wheeler stated in 2014 that, upon reflection, the
decline in the company's television production was a key aspect of the
BBC's eventual inability to maintain profitability, explaining that
innovation is "tough".
Appointment of new CEO and restructure
In mid-2011, before the
Lonely Planet consideration, Kelley met with
Daniel Houghton, a young photojournalism graduate—from Western
Kentucky University, the same institution that Kelley attended. Based
solely on a handshake agreement, Kelley hired Houghton to help
establish media company NC2 Media—the name "NC2" is short for in
situ, meaning "in position" in Latin—which then launched its first
venture OutwildTV, a website featuring sponsored expeditions, followed
by a gear blog. Kelley eventually explained in 2014 that his hiring
decision was based upon "a fortunate event" and Houghton's intense
focus "on becoming something".
In March 2012, the month before they first approached the BBC, Kelley
bought a US$24-million, 12,000-square-foot studio facility to house
NC2 Media. The
Lonely Planet deal was closed in April 2013 and
Houghton, appointed by Kelly as the head of the newly acquired
operation, visited the company's international offices to acquaint
himself with the global nature of the enterprise. Worldwide, staff
members were bewildered by Houghton's appointment and one longtime
Lonely Planet author wrote in 2014: "I figured there had to be more to
the story than 'reclusive billionaire hires 24-year-old with no known
experience to run the joint' . But I think it's as silly and
fucked-up as it sounds.". At the
London office, a visual taunt was
projected onto a wall prior to Houghton's speech to the team.
Houghton then met with employees at the Footscray, Australia
headquarters on July 18, 2013 to announce a restructuring process that
would result in staff layoffs. He revealed to the media at the time
that between 70 and 80 positions would be made redundant from the
overall business. Houghton confirmed the ongoing existence of a
Melbourne-based office, while the restructure occurred over a 6- to
12-month period following the July meeting. Ultimately, 75 of
Lonely Planet's 383 full-time employees were made redundant. On July
18, at the Footscray headquarters, Houghton "walked up in front of a
microphone in Melbourne, where most of the redundancies occurred ...
and told them, 'Today is going to be a really tough day.' "
Houghton and NC2 Media era
Houghton spends a good amount of time on the road visiting Lonely
Planet’s offices around the world according to an interview with
“About a year into my job, I realised I had done 300,000 miles in a
year and something like 160, or 170 days away from home on the road.
That’s tough, you miss your dog after that point. You do want to go
home and relax.”
Tony Wheeler has publicly stated: "Certainly you don't want someone
old and set in his ways—like me—at the controls". However, asking
the rhetorical question" Is he [Houghton] the right 25-year-old? The
jury is out on that one." Wheeler said that Houghton "seems a nice
Houghton revealed elements of the content strategy in a 2014 feature
article on him, stating, "We want the latest content, in real time."
In November 2013, the company purchased the TouristEye app that is
used for planning trips and offers guidance while people are
traveling. Lonely Planet's new head of mobile products, Matthew
McCroskey, explained, also in 2014:
... we have tons of information—all of Lonely Planet's historic
content. And we're building really great technology to analyze that
content and understand all the ways you can put it together ... You're
in Rome, standing by the Colosseum. It's 3 P.M. on a Thursday in
summer. You open your phone, and it says, "Hey, glad you enjoyed the
Colosseum, which was on the itinerary we helped you make. We know you
love coffee. Time for a cappuccino! The best cappuccino place in Rome
is two blocks away. Here are walking instructions. And while you're
walking, you should know: Don't order a cappuccino in the afternoon in
Italy; they only drink them for breakfast, and they're going to think
you're a stupid American. So you should get a macchiato. And this is
how you ask for it." ... we've got most of the people who can deliver
that kind of experience. And Daniel [Houghton] is finding more."
Lonely Planet acquired Budget
Travel to expand its
international magazine presence for the US market and launch a US
edition. In 2015
Lonely Planet Magazine launched in the United States,
expanding the number of global edition to 12.
In January 2016, a mobile app called Guides launched and reached
number 6 in the travel category of Apple’s app store.
In an interview with Vice, Houghton described the app’s purpose and
functionality: “We really wanted to build something that was really
useful for ‘I’m here – what do I do?’ So this is very much
focused on you are out on the road, and you want to interact with
Lonely Planet. Let’s just say you show up in Amsterdam, you’re on
the ground, you can download the app—it’s free—and it starts by
saving all the information on your maps offline. Because a lot of
people are still traveling on Airplane mode, or they don’t have very
much data to use.”
In February of 2016, the company launched its released new version of
destinations on lonelyplanet.com marking one of the most significant
project launches since the NC2 acquisition.
Lonely Planet's online community, the Thorn Tree, was created in
1996. It is named for a Naivasha thorn tree (
Acacia xanthophloea) that
has been used as a message board for the city of Nairobi, Kenya since
1902. The tree still exists in the Stanley Hotel. It is used by
over 600,000 travelers to share their experiences and look for advice.
Thorn Tree has many different forum categories including different
countries, places to visit depending on one's interests, travel
Lonely Planet support. The
Lonely Planet website includes
travel articles, destination and point of interest guides, hotel,
hostel and accommodations listings, and the ability to rate and review
sites and restaurants.
Lonely Planet temporarily closed the Thorn Tree community on the 22
December 2012, with a notification stating: "We're sorry to let you
know we've found it necessary to temporarily close the Thorn Tree
section of Lonelyplanet.com as it has come to our attention that a
number of posts do not conform to the standards of the Lonely Planet
website. As soon as we have completed the necessary editorial and
technical updates we will let you know but in the meantime we are very
grateful for your understanding and patience." Later, Lonely Planet
clarified the alert to say that it had found numerous posts containing
"inappropriate language and themes," and the site would be reopened
once these posts were found and deleted. Thorn Tree returned on 5
January 2013, having shut forums they felt were non-travel
related. Now, the forum is regulated regularly and allows users to
flag responses they deem inappropriate or not relevant.
Sydney Morning Herald reported that a disgruntled former user
alerted the BBC to numerous posts related to paedophilia. A source
Lonely Planet management told the Herald that BBC executives
still smarting from the
Jimmy Savile scandal
Jimmy Savile scandal went into "full freak
out, panic attack mode" over posts about the age of consent in Mexico
and child prostitution in Thailand. However, a
BBC Worldwide spokesman
denied there was any evidence of paedophilia discussions on the
site. The BBC subsequently stated that the cause of the shutdown
wasn't paedophilia, but general concern with language and themes that
the BBC was "uncomfortable" with.
Lonely Planet began publishing a monthly travel magazine
Lonely Planet Traveller in the UK, and in 2010, it launched the
Indian and the Argentine editions. Its Korean edition, with a
digital edition for iPad, was launched in March 2011. Its Chinese
version was launched in Mainland China in Aug, 2012. In October 2014,
Lonely Planet announced a U.S. version of the travel magazine.
Lonely Planet also has its own television production company, which
has produced numerous series, such as The Sport Traveller, Going Bush,
Vintage New Zealand, and Bluelist Australia, along with the following:
Globe Trekker – television series (also known as Pilot Guides)
inspired by and originally broadcast under the name Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Six Degrees – hosted by
Asha Gill and Toby Amies
Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled – A co-production between
Singapore's Beach House and
Lonely Planet Television, airing on the
National Geographic Adventure Channel 2009-2010, RLT is a
reality-based travel series following nine LP guidebook authors and
A mention in a
Lonely Planet guidebook can draw large numbers of
travellers, which invariably brings change to places mentioned. For
Lonely Planet has been blamed for the rise of what is
sometimes referred to as 'the Banana Pancake Trail' in South East
Asia. Critics argue that this has led to the destruction of
local culture and disturbance of once quiet sites. As well, for
travelers looking for hostels or places to eat, the ones mentioned are
usually at full capacity or super busy. It is often easier to find
places to stay at hostels not mentioned in the book. Lonely Planet's
view is that it encourages responsible travel, and that its job is to
inform people, and that it is up to guidebook users to make their
In 1996, in response to a "Visit Myanmar" campaign by the military
regime, the Burmese opposition
National League for Democracy
National League for Democracy (NLD) and
Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi called for a tourism boycott. As the
publication of Lonely Planet's guidebook to
Myanmar (Burma) is seen by
some as an encouragement to visit that country, this led to calls for
a boycott of Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet's view is that it
highlights the issues surrounding a visit to the country, and that it
wants to make sure that readers make an informed decision. In
2009, the NLD formally dropped its previous stance and now welcomes
visitors "who are keen to promote the welfare of the common
In popular culture
In April 2008, American writer
Thomas Kohnstamm published the memoir
Travel Writers Go to Hell?, which touched on his experience writing
a guide book for
Lonely Planet in Brazil. After a review of
Kohnstamm's guidebooks, publisher Piers Pickard agreed that no
inaccuracies had been found.
In 2009, Australian author and former
Lonely Planet guidebook writer
Mic Looby published a fictional account of the guidebook-writing
business, entitled Paradise Updated, in which the travel guide
industry is satirised.
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