TripAdvisor to shutdown TravelPod blogging platform

Published on : Friday, March 3, 2017

TravelPodTripAdvisor is going to shut down its travel blogging platform known as TravelPod and this would mark the second slicing of one of its consumer content brands within a time frame of two months.


An official of this company has confirmed this fate of this 20-year-old company this week.


However, it is yet to be disclosed as to when would be the official date of the axing of this travel blogging service. The official has revealed that TripAdvisor has made the ‘difficult decision’ to shut down TravelPod with an aim to emphasize on the other areas of their business that have a much stronger potential for further development.


TravelPod is amongst the earliest blogging platforms on the web that had been created in the year 1997 in Canada by Luc Levesque.


The platform was created with a view to let the travellers record their travel accounts in diary form, upload photos and also maintain a catalogue of their adventures in multiple trips.


During November 2005, the brand claimed to have as many as 20,000 members.


Though there has been a noticeable downturn in marketing activity, the site says that as much as 38,000 new experiences have been added in the last seven days.


The shut down of TravelPod follows a few days after VirtualTourist site had been switched off.


VirtualTourist was actually a part of Smarter Travel Media that is the subsidiary of TripAdvisor. Other brands that were included in the portfolio include HolidayWatchdog, AirfareWatchdog, Tingo, Jetsetter and CruiseCritic.


The closure of the site had been announced in January.


TravelPod and other similar services had to confront quite an uphill struggle to direct traffic to their sites and luring them away from popular social media platforms.




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One Response to TripAdvisor to shutdown TravelPod blogging platform

  1. Andreas says:

    We wished that we have know about this earlier to provide help to users for important their data. But we reached out to TA staff now to evaluate if we can offer a solution. Feel free to check out journi. I think the app, content and users speak for itself.

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