First there was the Google-Yelp dispute over reviews in Places. Now TripAdvisor appears to be preventing Google from showing its reviews on Place Pages. According, TripAdvisor who has confirmed that it’s blocking reviews from appearing in Google Places results, said in a statement:
“Google frequently makes changes to Google Places, and while we’re continuing to evaluate it, we don’t think it benefits users at this time with the experience of selecting the right hotel. As a result, we have currently limited the TripAdvisor content available on those pages.”
TripAdvisor reviews of hotel properties, alongside reviews from other providers, were streamed in as part of bitesize summaries of individual reviews, with a link to follow in order to read the full review on the TripAdvisor site. And, is one of the group of travel sites opposing the Google acquisition of travel software company ITA.
Mike Blumenthal, suggested that the feud can be traced directly back to when Google added a hotel booking tool to every hotel Places page starting Nov. 15. When the reviews initially disappeared on Dec. 4, Google was contacted and issued this statement: “We’re aware of a technical issue in which TripAdvisor reviews are sometimes not appearing in results for Google Places, and our team is working to resolve the matter.” Apparently, this was a separate (coincidental) technical issue that was resolved.