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TripAdvisor acquires Citymaps to improve your travel experience

Citymaps TripAdvisor- Geoawesomeness

Travelling is all about location. TripAdvisor – one of the largest online hotel booking platforms seems to be aware of it. Last week the company announced the acquisition of Citymaps.

New York-based Citymaps is a start-up founded in 2010 behind the popular mapping app. Citymaps app is not trying to compete with any industry leaders like Google, HERE or TomTom. The company found its niche in local discovery based on smart visualization of Points of Interest on the map. Citymaps managed to combine POI data from many different sources together with touristic attractions creating a unique and cool tour guides.The data is displayed on the map as easy to discover icons and logos so that you could navigate by looking for places you recognize, instead of searching for street names. Additionally earlier this year, the company rolled out offline maps, built based on its own proprietary technology.

Citymaps app GeoawesomenessSince 2010 Citymaps had raised $12 million in funding from investors including Nokia Growth Partners and actor Ashton Kutcher, among others. In March the company reported a milestone of 1 million users which is a decent number but perhaps not large enough to maintain a sustainable business.

On the other hand TripAdvisor that generates over 80% of its revenues
from the hotel offerings segment, is trying to diversify its business. The website operates in 48 countries with the reach of 350 million average monthly visitors, so the potential to keep their attention and generate revenues not only when booking the hotel but also at the location is huge.

The acquisition seems to have a lot of sense for both parties. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but we know that the app will continue on as a standalone business at TripAdvisor.

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