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11. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Quoting SamSalmon

Note that the Colombia guide wasn't the only one Kohnstamm worked on

No, but it was the only one of which he said that he didn't even visit the country, which would've been far worse than accepting freebies if he'd contributed to any of the chapters on actual regions of the country.
He's just slanting things to appear to be more sensational than they really are - just like he probably slanted the descriptions of a few hostels and restaurants where he received freebies. And sure, it means you now have to take recommendations on places in "his" chapters with a large grain of salt - but the places themselves will still actually exist.

(That said, I'm very much going to be looking forward to the new edition of the Chile LP - comparing how recommendations there differ - before travelling to Chile myself. (For people heading there soon: I'd do the same comparison with a previous LP to which this guy didn't yet contribute.))

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

The only thing Lonely Planet should be accused of is bad hiring. That writer made a mockery of LP, his career, his credential, and his integrity. LP should have done better research on him--although I'd guess he had an impressive list of "credentials" when he was hired. He's pathetically playing the victim so he can sell books. He's also trying to take LP down with him (or maybe in spite of him), and I can only hope people see through it.

Honestly, if people at LP went through what he submit for the book, how could they find anything wrong? He took facts and fluffed them up. That's not wrong info--it's immoral behaviour on his part.

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