NEWTON, Mass., April 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced the launch of the TripAdvisor Apple Watch app, available now on the App Store. The app, with features designed specifically for the new Apple Watch, provides access to TripAdvisor traveler reviews, ratings and photos of hotels, restaurants and attractions.
The Apple Watch includes a new feature called "Glances," which allows users to conveniently get updates from their favorite apps with a quick swipe up from the watch face. The TripAdvisor Glance provides timely recommendations to help users discover nearby points of interest based on the person's location (using GPS) and time of day. For example, at noon, the TripAdvisor Glance will automatically find the highest-rated restaurant near the user's current location and suggest the place to go for lunch.
"With the launch of the TripAdvisor Apple Watch app, users can now carry the invaluable insights of millions of travelers on their wrists," said Adam Medros, senior vice president of global product, TripAdvisor. "Whether around town or traveling somewhere new, the app helps make exploring on-the-go even more elegant and effortless."
Additional TripAdvisor Apple Watch app features:
- Walking directions: Shows travelers their current location using GPS technology and provides directions to places of interest using Apple Maps.
- Saves: Allows travelers to save their favorite restaurants, attractions and hotels and view them later on another Apple device or on TripAdvisor.com.
- Helpful search options: Lets travelers adjust their search range for points of interest between 1, 5 and 10 miles and sort options, such as ranking businesses according to their popularity or by distance.
"TripAdvisor is already the world's most popular travel app¹ with 175 million mobile app downloads worldwide on the phone and tablet, and we look forward to extending our timely travel insights to even more people through the Apple Watch," continued Medros.
The TripAdvisor Apple Watch app will be available from the Apple Watch App Store beginning April 24. The TripAdvisor iPhone app is available now as a free download from the App Store.
¹Source: Distimo study of mobile app downloads in the travel sector for the period of January 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014, based on downloads and device installs.
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
TripAdvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq:TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014
**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q3 2014; does not include traffic to daodao.com
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