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Parent companyInternet Brands
FounderEugene Fodor
Country of originUnited States
DistributionIngram Publisher Services[1]
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresTravel guides

Fodor's /ˈfdərz/ is a publisher of English language travel and tourism information. Fodor's Travel and are divisions of Internet Brands.


Founder Eugene Fodor was a keen traveler, but felt that the guidebooks of his time were boring, uninspired collections of quickly outdated facts and figures. He decided to address these shortcomings and wrote a guide to Europe, On the Continent—The Entertaining Travel Annual, which was published in 1936 by Francis Aldor, Aldor Publications, London.

Going beyond the usual lists of hotels and attractions, the book was updated yearly and gave practical guidance, such as tipping advice, alongside information about the local people and culture. For example, in the introduction, Fodor wrote "Rome contains not only magnificent monuments, but also Italians."

The pioneering book was a success in England and the United States. Fodor's Modern Guides, Inc. was founded in 1949 in Paris, France and David McKay Company began publishing the books a year later. McKay was sold to Random House in 1986.

In 1996, Fodor's launched a travel-related website, which was nominated for a Webby Award in 2004. Fodor's has published more than 440 guides (in 14 series) on over 300 destinations, and has more than 700 permanently placed researchers all over the world.

In 2016, Fodor's was acquired by Internet Brands, which is based in El Segundo, California.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Fodor’s Travel to Be Distributed by Ingram Publisher Services". 2017-04-27. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  2. ^ "Penguin Random House to Sell Fodor's to Internet Brands". Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  3. ^ "Fodor's Travel Guides Sold to Internet Brands by Penguin Random House". Skift. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2017-03-30.

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