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Wikimedia unveils a travel guide ‘Wikivoyage’

Wikimedia foundation has announced that its travel specific website identified as ‘Wikivoyage’ is ready for public and awaiting official unveiling on 15th January.

The beta launch of Wikivoyage on the Wikimedia servers took place on November last year after the foundation took up the project in August.

The founder of the non-profit body Jimmy Wales divulged the news on The Colbert Report on Thursday evening saying the website is ready for its official launch “soon”.

The non-profit model
The San Francisco based foundation has also made clear that abiding by its conventional non-profit standards, WikiVoyage would also be based on a no-advertising model.

The site mostly will have user-generated content and will cover almost all travel info form ticketing, lodging to cuisines, nightlife and many more.

At present Wikimedia foundation dominates the web encyclopedia genre with its most sought after site – searched by information seekers – Wikipedia.com. Few other well known non-profit portals include Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and Wikibooks.

As of now the Wikivoyage is available on beta wiki and the given preface reads as, "aims to be a complete travel guide – not just an additional resource on the side of traditional guides.

More on Wikimedia
Following the famous Wikipedia tradition, Wikivoyage is also based on the concept of sharing knowledge which here would be tour-travel specific.

The content on the site says the portal is prepared with the aim of letting the travelers meet on a single platform for exchanging info and solving query on different travel destinations.

To quote further from the site, "Wikivoyage is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide,"

The travel site is available in nine different languages which covers major European ones.