TripAdvisor: flight search is great, but that is it for now
Amazing to think that TripAdvisor launched the test version of its flight metasearch in the US 21 months ago, with the UK following ten months later.
Back in January 2010, when TripAdvisor celebrated 12 months of its flight meta by disclosing it had “millions” of users of the product, the future looked good.
But perhaps that has changed.
European managing director Marc Charron moved to Singapore in July 2010 to spearheard TripAdvisor’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region with a dedicated base for operations.
He appeared at this week’s WebinTravel conference and Tnooz asked about the progress – or otherwise – of the flight metasearch product.
Charron would not comment specifically on whether he thought it was a success or not, saying “it’s a great product” and it fills a requirement to provide another travel service to users.
However, he did confirm “there are no plans to launch it elsewhere”, leaving just users in the UK and the US to play with it.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.