MarketingGuide book publisher culls operations in Melbourne, London

End of a chapter for Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet has been a leader in guide book publishing.
Lonely Planet has been a leader in guide book publishing. Photo Credit: Ian Jarrett

MELBOURNE - Travel publisher Lonely Planet will close most of its operations in Melbourne and London as the company deals with the impacts of coronavirus on its sales.

The company said it had made the "difficult decision to reduce its publishing operations for the foreseeable future".

Lonely Planet said it would continue to publish guidebooks and phrasebooks but would stop publishing new ancillary titles such as coffee table books, children's books or the Lonely Planet magazine.

Lonely Planet was founded in 1973 when Australian couple Tony and Maureen Wheeler published their first guidebook, Across Asia on the Cheap.

Lonely Planet’s ownership has changed hands twice, with the BBC's commercial arm buying a majority stake in 2007 from the Wheelers.
BBC Worldwide later sold the company to NC2 Media — a company based in Nashville in the United States.

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