TripAdvisor (TRIP) Last Update 5/20/24
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TripAdvisor Company


  1. Tripadvisor Core constitutes 45% of the Trefis price estimate for TripAdvisor's stock.
  2. Viator constitutes 40% of the Trefis price estimate for TripAdvisor's stock.


  1. Tripadvisor Saw A Mixed Q2
The online travel company posted a narrow miss on the bottom line despite a narrow beat on the top line and strong growth in gross bookings from 2019 levels. The company said selling and marketing costs ballooned 24% from the prior year while an increase in headcount to support growth also weighed on profitability. In the quarter, the company earned 34 cents (down from 37 cents a year ago) in adjusted EPS on total revenue of $494 million (up 18% year-over-year). However, revenue at the TripAdvisor core brand increased just 2% to $279 million. Viator, on the other hand, saw top-line growth of 59% to $216 million. Management also talked up its new generative artificial intelligence (AI) planning tool, which is now in beta, taking advantage of the latest technology.

Note: Tripadvisor's FY'22 ended on December 31, 2022. Q2 FY'23 refers to the quarter that ended on June 30, 2023.

  1. Launch of Tripadvisor Plus
Tripadvisor has been looking at a recurring revenue stream and launched its new Tripadvisor Plus subscription service previously in 2021. This direct-to-consumer subscription service will offer consumers discounts on hotels and travel attractions (at a fee of $99 per year) which could likely help the company recover post-Covid. Tripadvisor already has more than 100 million users, which is currently a free service. It also saw around 400 million unique monthly active users pre-Covid.


  • Tripadvisor EBITDA Margin: EBITDA Margins increased to 19.8% in 2022 from 11.1% in 2021 - driven by the gradual travel recovery. We expect the margins to fall slightly in 2023 due to lower margins seen in the Tripadvisor Core segment so far this year. Going forward, we expect margins to stabilize at 19% by the end of our forecast period. There could be an upside of 10% if the margins improve to around 21%.


Tripadvisor is a leading online platform for travel-related reviews, aggregating 1 billion reviews and opinions about 8 million hotels and other accommodations, destinations, restaurants, and activities as posted in 2022. According to the third annual Access America Vacation Confidence Index, 60% of American consumers say they factor other travelers' online reviews into their plans when booking a vacation. Benefiting from the trend and capitalizing on the traction gained from users, Tripadvisor continues to introduce travel planning tools on its websites to act as a definitive resource for travelers.

Tripadvisor branded websites include in the United States and localized versions of the website in 40 markets and 20 languages worldwide. With rich user-generated content, Tripadvisor has valuable monetization opportunities. Travel businesses can advertise on Tripadvisor's platform and benefit from its large audience and global reach. Tripadvisor derives most of its revenue from the sale of advertising, primarily through click-based advertising and to a lesser extent, display-based advertising. The remainder of Tripadvisor's revenue is generated through a combination of subscription-based offerings, and content licensing. It also offers deals on top hotels at lucrative discounts. Tripadvisor has diversified its geographical mix in the past few years with the contribution of its US operations declining from 82% in 2008 to approximately 61% in 2022. Long-term revenue growth is expected to be driven by expanding traffic and user-generated content.

Of late, Google has upgraded its travel search tools in recent years to compete with trip booking websites like Tripadvisor and Booking Holdings. Google is pushing its own hotel products in search results and siphoning off quality traffic that would otherwise find Tripadvisor via free links and generate high margin revenue in its hotel click-based auction, which is now leading to the revenue decline in this segment.

During Q2 2022, management realigned its business segments into TripAdvisor Core, Viator, and TheFork, the last two of which are wholly owned brands.


Tripadvisor's global reach is highly attractive to advertisers

Tripadvisor maintains a global presence both through the reach of its global portfolio of ~30 websites and through its in-market staffing in more than ten countries. The flagship Tripadvisor brand operates websites in 40 countries in 20 languages. Its core Tripadvisor platform and many of its other brands are uniquely positioned to appeal to travelers globally and strive to provide universally relevant content and community. Since 2013, the company focused on enhancing its brand image in emerging markets by incorporating more local language content to drive higher user engagement.

The sheer scale and reach of Tripadvisor should help it command attractive rates from advertisers seeking placements on Tripadvisor websites.

Facebook partnership continues to boost traffic as travelers increasingly use social media to access travel information

Consumers are increasingly leveraging social networks for research before making purchases for any product including travel. Trefis sees social media, such as Facebook, being used heavily as a means to communicate and exchange travel information and opinions. The trend can create strategic growth opportunities, allowing Tripadvisor to attract new consumers and develop unique and effective advertising solutions.


Growing global travel market and online penetration

Recent historical trends show that each year, an increasing percentage of global travel spending has been conducted online through supplier websites and online travel agencies. The trend is expected to continue as online penetration continues, mobile smartphones and other devices continue to proliferate, and travel grows along with an expanding middle class in certain developing countries like China and India.

The internet is expected to become increasingly integral to the travel planning process due to increasing worldwide online penetration, particularly given the capability that the internet provides travelers to refine searches, compare destinations, and view real-time pricing. With internet penetration currently estimated at 50% globally (88.5% in North America, over 90% in Europe, ~ 70% in Latin America, and ~ 40% in Asia), Tripadvisor has the potential to grow in all markets.

Increasing online advertising spend

The global online advertising market is growing as advertisers continue to shift their spending from offline to online channels, mirroring the trend in consumer media consumption.

Given the size of the travel market, travel providers and travel-related advertisers will continue to be motivated to devote significant resources to advertise their travel products and services. In addition, as more travel dollars are spent online generally, an increasing amount of travel advertising spending is expected to migrate from traditional offline advertising channels to online advertising opportunities.

Growing mobile travel spend

Tripadvisor has been investing heavily in its mobile platforms such as GateGuru mobile and tablet applications. The company introduced the Facebook log-in functionality and launched its new iPad application a few years back.