To the outside, a travel site called CabinGuru seemed like a perfect idea – a cruise planning and information service, perhaps a little bit like the TripAdvisor-owned SeatGuru.
When TripAdvisor announced 2011 results back in February, the company said it would increase investment in mobile.
Room 77 took some attention away from fellow Silicon Valley luvvie Hipmunk (at least until today) when it unveiled its long awaited hotel search last week.
ExpertFlyer and SeatGuru are teaming up to give road warriors more information about airline seat availability and preferability.
TripAdvisor’s foray – US and now the UK – into flight metasearch appears to have triggered plenty of musing by executives and pundits alike.
According to Bryan Salzburg, general manager of initiatives, TripAdvisor is finally becoming the more general travel portal it always wanted (perhaps needs?) to be.
Salzburg stresses that the business model for its hotel review section “will not be re-invented any time soon”, dampening any suggestions that a hotel metasearch could be configured along similar lines to its new flight engine.