Sunday, 19 November, 2017

New TripAdvisor badge warns users of sexual assault at hotels

Media Center | Press Releases - TripAdvisor TripAdvisor now has a digital badge to mark hotels where sexual assault was reported
Juana Turner | 10 November, 2017, 00:36

In line with this recent concern and increased awareness, TripAdvisor has added a feature on its site that will notify users of major health and safety concerns - including whether a hotel or resort has been the location of a reported sexual assault.

At the same time, the company placed its first warning "badges" Wednesday on three resorts in Mexico, including the Iberostar Paraiso Maya, the complex where Love and others were assaulted and where Abbey Conner, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman mysteriously drowned just hours after arriving with her family. "Accordingly, you may wish to perform additional research for information about this property when making your travel plans", the badge reads.

Businesses will be "badged for a minimum period of three months, and we hope it will be a catalyst ... to change their ways", Hoyt said. It had been reported that the company repeatedly removed Love's post from 2010 where she had said she was raped by a hotel security guard while staying at Iberostar Paraiso Maya.

"If the issues persist, we may extend the duration of the badge", Carter said.

The red banner across the top of the resorts' listings on TripAdvisor caution tourists that the establishments have been subjects in media reports and suggests travelers might want to do further research.

Early this month, TripAdvisor was widely criticized for removing a 2010 review written by Kristi Love on Iberosar Paraiso Maya, a beach resort in Mexico.

Love attempted to post about the assault on a TripAdvisor forum, but found that it was deleted for violating their "family-friendly" policies.

A couple of years later, TripAdvisor changed that policy to enable users to post remarks about issues that included rape and sexual assault. The paper also spoke to one TripAdvisor user who said she reported being served tainted alcohol, but her review was deleted after being deemed "hearsay". He also clarified that the "badges are meant to be informative, not punitive". On Nov. 3, TripAdvisor chief executive Steve Kaufer posted a statement on his LinkedIn page saying the company had "apologized to the victim for her experience".

The company also has maintained that it doesn't take reviews or forum posts down because they include rape or sexual assault. TripAdvisor has since republished her forum post. Most of the people Journal Sentinel interviewed were told that their reviews were removed, because they were merely "hearsay" despite posting about what happened to them personally.

"WHAT APOLOGY? I've yet to hear a word from TripAdvisor, and certainly not an apology", Love wrote in the comments section of Kaufer's post.

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