TripAdvisor ‘making people take trips they would not otherwise take'
Hotels and restaurants may have mixed views on TripAdvisor reviews, but the booking, price comparison and reviews site claims it generated £2b of visitor spending in the UK in 2014. Moreover, it is apparently making people buy things they would not have otherwise bought.
While the US-owned company has come under fire over policing of fake reviews and manipulation of its platform, research it commissioned from Oxford Economics suggests it influenced 10% of global travel spend in 2014. The research firm said it generated 22 million tourism trips that year, including 400,000 in the UK, which it stated would not have occurred without TripAdvisor content.
Oxford Economics also found that Trip Advisor bookers spent less than other travellers, but claimed that the savings enabled tourists to spend more at their destination.
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Originally posted 15 April 2016 by The Caterer