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Traveler's Aid: Behind The Guidebook Cover Shot (3/29/2002)

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If you're like most travelers, when you're preparing for a trip, you pick up a guidebook to help you explore your destination. And usually -- whether you're conscious of it or not -- the cover plays a key role in determining which book you select.

It's true. The cover carries a lot of symbolic value. That's why Hong Kong tourism officials recently criticized the latest edition of the "Lonely Planet Guide to Hong Kong." They say its cover casts the region in an unfavorable light. We thought we'd talk to the folks at Lonely Planet and find out what the thinking was behind the photo. Don George is global travel editor at Lonely Planet. He explained what goes into choosing those cover shots. Let's just say, there's a lot more going on than just picking a pretty picture.

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