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Lonely Planet


  • Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world

Lonely Planet facts

  • 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
  • After the Let's Go travel guide series that was founded in 1960, the Lonely Planet books were the second series of travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travellers
  • As of 2011, 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, Lonely Planet's largest office is located in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, but its Franklin, Tennessee, United States (U
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  • ) office is the company's de facto headquarters
  • Other Lonely Planet offices are spread throughout the world, in locations such as London, United Kingdom (U
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