Lonely Planet is one of the world's most successful travel publishers, printing over 100 million books in nine different languages. Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world sharing destination profiles via guidebooks, eBooks, an award-winning website & magazine, digital newsletters, blogs & a range of mobile & digital travel products.
The Lonely Planet website www.lonelyplanet.com is also a sophisticated e-commerce platform, supporting the sale of broad range of online resources, including travel advice via the 'World Guide', an online shop, & travel advisory services. The web site, launched in 1994 & ranks alongside Wikipedia & the CIA Fact Book as standard internet resources. As a result, ads on the Lonely Planet website command high prices.
In October 2007, BBC Worldwide acquired a 75% share in Lonely Planet, pledging to uphold Lonely Planet's commitment to independent travel, trustworthy advice & editorial independence. In 2011, BBC Worldwide went on to become sole shareholder of the company.
Today, Lonely Planet has offices in Melbourne, London & Oakland, with over 450 employees & over 200 authors. In 2012, Lonely Planet also set up its first office in Gurgaon, India, publishing guidebooks for Indian travellers.