The heart of tech is coming to the heart of the Mediterranean. Join TNW in València this March 🇪🇸

This article was published on March 3, 2017

Facebook adds City Guides to become your new travel companion [Updated]

Facebook adds City Guides to become your new travel companion [Updated]

Facebook might be getting into the tourism market. The social media giant has introduced a new feature that aims to give users suggestions for events and places to visit in numerous cities across the globe.

Called ‘City Guides,’ the functionality will suggest and possibly send notifications about tourist attractions you might be interest in attending. It will also show friends attending the same events so you can easily find someone to accompany you.

Here are some photos that will give you a better idea of what to expect from it:

The feature was spotted in testing earlier last year – but it seems the social media titan is finally ready to have another go with it.

Facebook might still be testing out City Guides as it appears the new functionality has rolled out only to a limited number of users. While some fellow TNW colleagues have already reported seeing the feature enabled, it is yet to reach others.

So you might have to wait a little longer before you can browse some of the hottest tourist attractions Facebook has to recommend to you. Until then, FourSquare is a decent alternative.

We’ve contacted Facebook for comment and will update this piece with more details about City Guides if we hear back.

Update: A Facebook spokesperson reached out with the following:

“We’re testing a redesigned surface on city Pages that showcases information about your city. This content already exists on Facebook, and during this test we’ll be centralizing it in a way that is more personalized and relevant to you. So, this new feature can help people get a better sense of their city, or a city they’re visiting through their friends’ eyes.” 

Also tagged with