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Google Trials Trips Tourism App with Trusted Travellers

Alex Spencer

Google Trips

Google has launched a limited beta of Google Trips, a travel assistant app.

Trips auto-populates with destination information based on the user's bookings. It combines a traditional 'where to go/what to eat' travel guide along with flight and hotel details lifted from Gmail.

The app looks like an extension of the Destination mobile search product Google launched last month. Trips offers similar content, but with the added ability to save for offline browsing – handy for travellers trying to avoid roaming charges.

According to Dutch site AndroidWorld, the app is currently exclusively available to 'local guides' – frequent contributors to Google Maps' place listings. That seems to hint at Google's plans for Trips to act as a hub for user-generated content.