Travelers can now easily find the nearby locals who can help them plan a trip.
Mumbai, Maharashtra (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
Touristlink.com a social marketplace connecting travelers to small local travel providers announces the launch of a new content delivery system that lets travelers easily find information about a particular place and at the same time find the nearby locals who can help them plan a trip. Touristlink takes a different approach to travel content by contextually showing related members and local travel providers. Travelers using the Touristlink travel guide can now see local mountain guides when they navigate to the Mount Everest guide page or they might see a local dive shop owner when they look at information on the Red Sea. In addition to seeing the small travel providers at each location members can also see other members who want to go to a particular place or who have already visited it. Touristlink features one of the largest global travel guides on the internet with information on over 300,000 places of interest accompanied by 1,000,000 million plus photos.
The Touristlink team has taken several other steps towards being an innovation leader in travel content. For instance, Touristlink lists attractions based on the rankings of members. Site founder David Urmann commented “This can be an incredibly powerful tool and as our user base grows we will be able to let users sort attractions based on interest or demographic.Touristlink members will be able to see how members who surf rank beachs in Bali, how birdwatchers rank hill stations in India or even which restaurants women prefer in Paris.” The same concept also applies to the local providers that Touristlink displays since as the provider base grows Touristlink will be able to display providers to members based on their particular travel interests.
The Touristlink team believes that innovation in travel content has stagnated and that a new focus on integrating "social" into the results users see will bring a revolution in how online travel guides work. Urmann, stated that “This is just the first step for us in innovation and in the next few months you can be looking for us to launch a product that will take travel reviews to a whole new level by getting rid of the standard text review and replacing it with a much simpler interface that builds on what we already know about the member.”
Touristlink is a social marketplace for travel that lets you get to know firsthand the local behind the tour you are planning or the small hotel you want to stay. Travelers tired of generic tour offerings can get unique trip ideas and offers direct from local providers as well as see reviews and recommendations of the same provider from other travelers. It's a great resource whether you want to get off the beaten path or just want to plan your own trip. With over 5000 local experts it is perhaps the largest social marketplace connecting travelers and locals. Touristlink is managed by GotripIndia the developers of arrangeyourvacation.com and the parent company of Visitusa.com.