Case | HBS Case Collection | January 2011 (Revised April 2011)

TripAdvisor

by Sunil Gupta and Kerry Herman

Abstract

By 2010, TripAdvisor was the largest travel site in the world operating in 24 countries and 16 languages, with listings for 455,000 hotels, 92,000 attractions and 564,000 restaurants in over 71,000 destinations worldwide. It had over 40 million reviews from 35 million unique monthly visitors who were contributing 21 new reviews every minute. Known for its hotel reviews, TA expanded into flights, vacation rentals and international markets like China. Each of these expansion paths provided unique opportunities as well as new challenges. In August 2010, Stephen Kaufer, CEO, was debating how to prioritize his growth plans for the company.

Keywords: Business Model; Knowledge Use and Leverage; Growth and Development Strategy; Social and Collaborative Networks; Internet; Service Industry; Travel Industry;

Citation:

Gupta, Sunil, and Kerry Herman. "TripAdvisor." Harvard Business School Case 511-004, January 2011. (Revised April 2011.)