WWW.TRAVELWEEKLY.COM AUGUST 11, 2014
[ A PRIVATE PORT IN A PIRATE REDOUBT ]
to build facility
on Haiti island
See TORTUGA on Page 84
Tweaking its strategy to account for the
expected surge in mobile bookings, the company is broadening the number of hotels
bookable through its Instant Booking feature, while at the same time acquiring desti-nation-listing websites.
Late last month, TripAdvisor said its Instant Booking feature, which went live in
June, would add hotel inventory from GDS
operator Travelport, giving users booking access to Travelport’s listings for 580,000 hotels
By Danny King
Embracing a seemingly counterin-tuitive growth strategy, TripAdvisor, the largest travel-review site,
has recently been ramping up to
compete with the very online travel
agencies (OTAs) that provide a key
source of its revenue.
TripAdvisor to compete with its ad clients
worldwide, including 480,000 nonbranded
Additionally, TripAdvisor last month
agreed to pay $200 million to acquire San
Francisco-based Viator, an online attrac-tions-booking service that offers customers
access to more than 20,000 tours and attractions in 1,500 global destinations.
Founded in 1995, Viator hosts more than
10 million monthly visitors on its site and
See TRIPADVISOR on Page 82
By Kate Rice
Carnival Corp. plans to build a private port
facility on the island of Tortuga off the north
coast of Haiti, its sixth such facility in the Caribbean.
The move continues a cruise industry
trend of building private enclaves, which the
cruise lines say enable them to ensure that
their passengers’ experiences on land are
consistent with those onboard.
The Tortuga facility will be the second
such enclave in Haiti; Royal Caribbean International built its Labadee port facility on
a peninsula on the country’s north coast in
Stephanie Villedrouin, Haiti’s tourism
minister, said the planned $70 million development on a portion of Tortuga should
spur further tourism development on that
Villedrouin said that the government ultimately is planning excursions from Carnival’s enclave into other parts of the island.
She said that such excursions are about to
begin at Labadee, where Royal Caribbean
will offer its passengers trips to the Citadelle,
a mountaintop fortress that is both a Unesco
site and a Haitian National Historic Park.
Royal Caribbean has not made public a
date for when such excursions will begin.
Tourism is a crucial industry for
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where all types of artisans will
work and sell their products.’
— Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin
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