Google Labs tests new ‘City Tours’ feature

The ever-innovative Google has launched online testing of a new application: Google City Tours. Using information from Google Maps, it creates three-day city itinieraries which group themselves by proximity to the city centre.  For examples of the new gadget working at its best, Google suggests searching cities such as London and Dublin, but it seems to generate some sort of tour for any city you type in.  Edinburgh’s, for example, looks quite feasible, if a little arbitrary.  Type in a St Andrews/East Neuk location, however, and the itinerary is fairly sparse (and includes a random Dundee design company).

I think that the tours might be generated by business information entered onto Google maps.  Tools like this are likely to take off in a big way soon, and so I’d recommend that you check the business information that Google holds for you, in order to have the best chance of featuring in this new generation of travel guidance.

I’ll keep you posted as to how the Google City Tours tool progresses, so do come back and check!

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