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Lonely Planet

My life: Tony Wheeler

Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Lonely Planet founder tells Tim Pile how it all started, how it's all changing and where's next on the itinerary.

Saturday, 24 November, 2012, 11:07pm

Lonely Planet gives word of caution about mainland-Hong Kong divide

The Lonely Planet guide says return travellers will notice a "striking" influx of mainland tourists. Photo: SCMP

A travel guide popular with tourists visiting Hong Kong advises its readers that differences between locals and mainlanders have become an issue to which they should pay close attention.

22 Nov 2012 - 9:54am 4 comments

What about the ICAC's probe into Donald Tsang?

Just go, says Tony Wheeler.

It is been more than six months since former chief executive Donald Tsang came to the attention of the ICAC for allegations that he had acted improperly as a result of his dealings with tycoon buddies, such as accepting rides in their private jets and yachts and agreeing to rent a luxury penthouse in Shenzhen at a bargain rate.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Making the planet a bit more Lonely

Lonely Planet, the travel bible for backpackers across the globe, is to triple its publications on the mainland in the next five years, at a time when outbound tourism is approaching 100 million a year.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Hong Kong is sitting pretty in world travel

Travel publisher Lonely Planet has named Hong Kong one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world.

Leading the Best in Travel 2012 list is Olympic Games host London. It is followed by Muscat in Oman and Bangalore in India. Hong Kong is ranked eighth.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The next big export from Asia - travellers

The rise of Asia as an economic power bloc comes in many guises. The least threatening, and perhaps the most welcome, of these signs to others is the growing number of people from the region who are travelling abroad. Last year, 34 million mainland Chinese alone paid visits to other countries.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Readers from Asia the next chapter for travel icon

The world has come full circle for Tony and Maureen Wheeler, a once-hippy couple whose homemade book on Asia laid the foundations for a travel guide empire.

While Lonely Planet held the hand of western backpackers exploring exotic new climes, people in the places most written about are now being targeted as the next generation of readers.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

England (Lonely Planet)

The stereotypically English quality of quaintness permeates the Lonely Planet guide to England.

It is a goldmine of funny traditions, cosy nooks and sleepy cathedrals, with not a 'chav' (a member of England's white-trash subculture) in sight.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

The Lonely Planet Guide to the Middle of Nowhere

Country guides spawned city guides, which reinvented themselves as shopping guides, dining guides and guides to all that is luxurious and therefore desirable.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Channel Hop

The best way to get to know a city is to meet the locals. That's the idea behind travel show Lonely Planet: Six Degrees of Separation (Discovery Travel & Living, Tuesdays at 10pm).

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Take a tour of New York with a star as your guide

Picture the scene: you are standing at the intersection of Church Street and Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan, with the World Trade Centre site to the right. To the left is the churchyard of St Paul's Chapel. You could tour New York City on your own, but wouldn't it be great to have a local guide?

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Travel Writing

Travel Writing

by Don George and Charlotte Hindle

Lonely Planet $148

1 May 2005 - 12:00am

Long-distance traveller finds no cure for his itchy feet

Eighteen days on trains, buses and tuk tuks failed to satisfy Tony Wheeler's wanderlust.

After travelling overland from Singapore across five countries to arrive in Macau, the founder of the Lonely Planet travel guides will continue his trip later this week, travelling from Hong Kong to Shanghai by land.

20 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Beijing & Shanghai

Beijing & Shanghai by Peter Hibbard, Paul Mooney & Steven Schwankert

Odyssey $199

The Silk Road: Xi'An to Kashgar by Judy Bonavia

Odyssey $199

Yangzi by Judy Bonavia & Richard Hayman

Odyssey $189

12 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

The changing face of hong kong

The 2004 edition of Lonely Planet's Hong Kong & Macau guide has landed on the desks of the SCMP.

29 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

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