In the wrong hands, studies like this will encourage people to launch trip-planning startups. There are two travel websites where the rationale of the crowdsourcing is clear for the contributor as all edits to these are under copyleft license (CC-BY-SA): the ad-free Wikivoyage operated by Wikimedia Foundation and Wikitravel by a for-profit entity.
But while there may be less legwork involved, the Internet has created a new problem: With countless sites and online services out there, it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth your time ‘” which may explain why the average traveler visits a whopping 38 websites before actually booking a trip.
This, in turn, requires new travel services like Gogobot to serve up dynamically generated pages with personal recommendations derived from individual preferences gleaned either from past behavior on a site, similar travelers or from a social graph.
This means when someone in your social graph uploads a new photo of a Chelsea hotel while you are looking at hotels in New York City, for example, we can put that picture into the personalization structure that is specific to your query set ( New York City hotels ) before you even leave the page.
Just forward each email receipt from booking a flight, hotel, rental car, or cruise to your TripIt account, and the site will cull and compile the flight numbers, gate information, and other relevant items so you never show up in the wrong place at the wrong time – or with the wrong confirmation code in hand.