Yahoo will be shutting down Trip Planner and My Travel features effective March 21, 2014, the company has announced on its site.
With the latest acquisition of Vizify, a social media visualization company, and various other acquisitions, 36 in 20 months (since Marissa Mayer became CEO), Yahoo's decision to shutdown these two travel services shouldn't come as a surprise.
But, if anyone thinks Yahoo Travel (powered by Travelocity) is seldom used, then its worth reading ComScore's recent Digital Future In Focus 2013 report series that reveals Yahoo Travel as the number one travel website accessed in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Trip Planner is a service that helps users organise their travel itinerary, while the My Travel service enables users to maintain a list of places they would like to visit/have been to.
Yahoo says its discontinuing these services in an ongoing effort to sharpen its focus on delivering a better Yahoo Travel experience.
Also, the company is recommending users to take a print out (before March 21) of their travel plans in Trip Planner service.
In March 2009, Yahoo closed down its travel metasearch service FareChase (acquired in July 2004).
In May 2013, Yahoo acquired (shutdown) air mileage tracker service Milewise, and the employees joined Yahoo's mobile team in New York.
In July 2013, Yahoo acquired US-based Qwiki, an iPhone app that creates story-telling videos by using pictures and videos in a user’s mobile.
More recently (last month), Yahoo acquired Wander's photo-based visual diary mobile app - Days.
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