Wikivoyage, Wikimedia's latest project is now officially launched. The site has been around for a while in its current iteration, but it's been labeled as a beta. The site, in name, has been around for longer.
But the new Wikivoyage combines the old site with Wikitravel, a completely unrelated site, despite the name.
The fact that it already houses some 50,000 articles in nine languages, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish, should make it clear that plenty of them were written before the beta months.
"There’s a huge global demand for travel information, but very few sources are both comprehensive and non-commercial. That’s about to change," Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said.
"Wikivoyage is a great, useful service for travelers, and I’m expecting that with the support of the Wikimedia Foundation and the global Wikimedia editing community, it’s going to get even bigger and better," she added.
Wikivoyage doesn't plan to be an encyclopedia, which would be rather redundant, but it's also not a travel recommendations site. It wants to serve mostly as a guide, its defining characteristic being that all content is contributed by volunteers.