As owners of a vacation rental, we were forced onto TripAdvisor after they acquired VacationHomeRentals. The price for a listing increased over 500% and it is now virtually impossible to find our property through their search capabilities. It is also impossible to contact them with support issues. This borders on criminal behavior.
In July 2014, local transmission of chikungunya virus infection was reported for the first time in Samoa and American Samoa. Chikungunya virus infection causes high fever, headache and joint pains. It is rarely fatal but needs to be distinguished from dengue virus infection, both of which are transmitted by mosquito bite. The concern is that the infection is now becoming widespread in the South Pacific Islands. See our travel health reports for additional details.
As a small business owners at the mercy of TripAdvisor I have found that because I pay the basic fees to them I do not get the service the larger hotels get. It takes weeks for my photos to get posted. They refuse to take down the old consumer photos prior to my ownership even after I supplied the deed showing the date I purchased my hotel. In today’s day TripAdvisor can make or break your small business.
The subsequent downtrend has carved a long series of lower lows, interspersed by brutal short squeezes that have also attracted weak handed buying pressure. The channeled downtick accelerated at the end of 2015, with the stock getting cut in half into February 2017 low, which also marks a 4-year low. Ominously, price action just broke support at the786 Fibonacci retracement level of the prior uptrend (blue line), predicting the decline will continue all the way into the upper-20s.