TripAdvisor Introduces TripAdvisor Connect

Travel Trends Today | October 10, 2019

TripAdvisor Introduces TripAdvisor Connect
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel information platform, today announced that TripAdvisor Connect, previously in beta testing, has officially launched on Facebook and Instagram.  This off-platform media solution is guided by traveller and diner data, enabling advertisers to reach custom audiences beyond TripAdvisor’s website and app. TripAdvisor Connect helps advertisers leverage the power of the @TripAdvisor brand on social media channels like Facebook or Instagram to gain exposure to targeted and highly engaged audiences.  TripAdvisor’s new and growing media solutions team aims to further expand TripAdvisor Connect to other media channels in the near future where the company is engaged with consumers.

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For organizations considering amending their travel policy to include sharing services such as Uber and Airbnb, it is quite clear that in terms of Duty of Care and Data, that bookings made through the TMC using established suppliers are the most logical choice. However, both Uber and Airbnb offer some compelling value-adds; particularly due to the nimble nature of the technology platforms, thus enabling travelers to make quick and informed decisions about travel.

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For organizations considering amending their travel policy to include sharing services such as Uber and Airbnb, it is quite clear that in terms of Duty of Care and Data, that bookings made through the TMC using established suppliers are the most logical choice. However, both Uber and Airbnb offer some compelling value-adds; particularly due to the nimble nature of the technology platforms, thus enabling travelers to make quick and informed decisions about travel.