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Industry news: TripAdvisor celebrates 15 years, plus more

Posted by Nelson Oduro on Feb 28, 2015

TripAdvisor celebrates 15 years of helping travelers plan the perfect trip. Tour guides in New Orleans are fighting a licensing requirement, plus more.

Supreme Court Rejects Free Speech Appeal from Tour Guides

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from tour guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The organization that filed the suit on behalf of the New Orleans guides, The Institute for Justice argued that they were fighting onerous occupational-licensing requirements. They argued that forcing the guides to be licensed and the process to which they go about it violated their First sandemansAmendment right of Freedom of Speech. The federal circuit appeals court in New Orleans upheld the city’s licensing requirement and the Supreme Court rejected the case, so the appeals court ruling will stand. There are similar cases brewing in Washington DC and Georgia, so opponents of the law say its a matter of time before the Supreme Court hears the case.

 Americans Traveling to Switzerland Continues to Grow

American travelers arriving in Switzerland grew 3.5% in 2014 with a total of 754,514 travelers. The growth is a continuing trend, since 2009 arrivals from the United States to Switzerland has grown more than 20% Although numbers are increasing they still haven't reached the record high arrivals from the 1980s through the early 2000s, the recent uptick is a welcoming surprise. The regions that received the most amount of travelers are Zurich, Geneva, and Lake Lucerne Region. Switzerland Tourism’s director of the Americas Alex Hermann had this to say about the numbers, “The increase in visitor numbers from the U.S. was the highest in the Swiss Alps as well as the smaller cities and towns of Switzerland, which indicates that the strongest growth in 2014 was again in leisure travel.” 

On February 25, 2015 TripAdvisor celebrated 15 years in the industry. The travel conglomerate that has relied on user generated content to help travelers plan and book better vacations is very excited to be reaching this milestone. "It's been an incredible journey so far, and I am just as excited about what our hiking-275796_1280future holds," said Stephen Kaufer, president and CEO of TripAdvisor. "TripAdvisor has evolved from being the site for hotel reviews to becoming the 'destination site' where you go to research and book nearly every aspect of your trip." The company exist in more than 45 countries, had 2.5 billion unique visitors last year, and over 200 million user reviews to date. Guests can review anything from 5 star hotels to local dive shops in rural towns, which is what makes TripAdvisor so popular. Recent acquisitions have given guests the ability to book certain attractions directly on TripAdvisor. Only time will tell what TripAdvisor has in store for the next 15 years.  

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Nelson Oduro

Written by Nelson Oduro

Nelson was part of TrekkSoft's marketing team in our New York Office for three years, paying particular attention to the growth of our digital marketing strategy.

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