|This new trend towards
inviting comments from the public can have its downsides. Just because
the information is up to date, doesn’t make it correct. As well as
becoming a centre for people’s holiday gripes and moans, which can
become tiresome, there have been incidences of local businesses
exploiting these sites to drum up business for themselves.
Another new trend is for publishers to set up sites that
provide up to the minute travel information that can be downloaded to a
handheld device. Sites such as CitySync, City to Go and Citykey do just
that - providing everything from transport information to restaurant,
hotel, and events listings. This is handy for those who are visiting a
city for a short time, such as those on business trips, or a fun London
weekend: those who need information quickly.
Although the internet has helped to broaden the knowledge
of travellers everywhere, it still has its drawbacks. As with printed
guidebooks not all of the information will necessarily be accurate.
Just because information can be uploaded quickly to the internet does
not guarantee that this information is itself up to date.