Live smartphone tours from locals show remote sightseers the world

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The tourism industry has been fundamentally transformed by peer-to-peer platforms such as Airbnb, which enable travellers to book accommodation more directly from each other. There are also numerous services, such as Kate's Goodness and Scouted, which enable visitors to get tips about their destination directly from the locals who know it best. Now, Lopeca takes it one step further, enabling users to 'see' the world, including places they might never get to visit, via remote video tours over smartphones. Lopeca, which is currently in beta, is recruiting locals to host live walking tours online. Potential guides simply join the growing…

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