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TripAdvisor Acquires Oyster.com

October 15, 2013 - TripAdvisor, Inc. today announced it has acquired Oyster.com, a hotel review website site featuring expert reviews and photos covering about 150 cities. Oyster will continue to operate out of New York City and will be incorporated into Smarter Travel Media.

Oyster.com's Hotel Tell-All iPad App Available Now on the App Store

February 14, 2012 - Oyster.com, The Hotel Tell-All, today released a new iPad app which will allow users to explore more than 600,000 original hotel photos in 125 of the world's top destinations.

Oyster.com Checks-in to 40 More Cities in Three Months

December 21, 2011 - Oyster.com, the hotel tell-all, has been keeping its hotel investigators busy the last three months. They've been trotting the globe, investigating nearly 600 hotels in 40 new cities, and photographing all the dirty little details that hotel websites won't show you.

Oyster.com Continues the Search for Hotel Pearls in New Cities Around the Globe.

September 22, 2011 - In just the last six months, Oyster.com, the leading authority on hotel reviews, has added over 15 new cities to their ever-growing list of vacation destinations.

Oyster Takes a Shot. Actually, Hundreds of Thousands of Them.

June 27, 2011 - Oyster.com, the Internet's top destination for unbiased hotel advice as well as the only online source for expert hotel reviews and real hotel photos, announces the launch of the first-ever photo-powered hotel search engine, Oyster Shots.

Travel Channel Announces Major Investment in Oyster.com

April 25, 2011 - Building on its reputation as a trusted travel resource, Travel Channel has acquired a meaningful interest in Oyster.com, the Internet's top destination to research and book hotels. The investment represents Travel Channel's excursion into the expanding online travel transaction territory.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Unbiased, Expert Hotel Reviews and Hundreds of Undoctored Photos of 61 Top Washington, D.C. Hotels

December 23, 2009 - Oyster names best Washington, D.C., hotels in five categories, including Best Value, Best Luxury, Most Romantic, and Best Kid-Friendly. Oyster's reporters also found two Photo Fakeouts in D.C., demonstrating that hotels don't always deliver on promises made on their websites.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Unbiased, Expert Hotel Reviews and Hundreds of Undoctored Photos of 48 Top Boston Hotels

December 10, 2009 - After careful deliberation, Oyster's editorial team has compiled "best of" lists and slideshows for niche travelers planning a Boston vacation including those looking for pet-friendly hotels, gay-friendly hotels, hotels near sports venues, and hotels for college visits.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Unbiased, Expert Hotel Reviews and Hundreds of Undoctored Photos of 47 Top San Francisco Hotels

November 19, 2009 - After careful deliberation, editors and reporters awarded top San Francisco hotels with an "Editor's Choice" award in several categories, including luxury, value, kid-friendly, and romance.

Oyster's Professional Hotel Reviewers Anonymously Visit Hotels and Examine Them Top to Bottom, Discovers That Some Hotels Purposefully Mislead Customers Via Their Websites

November 18, 2009 - European travelers wishing to take advantage of vacation values in the U.S. and Caribbean, resultant from the weak U.S. dollar, will find Oyster's coverage of top U.S. cities and Caribbean islands a great way to reduce their risk before booking a hotel.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Independent, Expert Hotel Reviews for Los Angeles

November 4, 2009 - Oyster's editorial team has nominated the best of Los Angeles hotels in 11 categories, including Best Value, Best Celebrity Hot Spot, Best Kid-Friendly, Best Pet Friendly and Best Party Hotel.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Independent, Expert Hotel Reviews for the Hawaiian Islands

October 6, 2009 - With fall's drop in temperature comes travelers' desire to get away from the winter's chill and head somewhere warm. Hawaii beckons, and Oyster makes it easier and less risky than ever to visit the tropical, pacific state.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Secures $4M

September 14, 2009 - Following Oyster's March 2008 raise of $6.4 million, this new round of funding will help to continue Oyster's momentum and expand it's coverage.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Announces the Official Launch of the Oyster Blog

September 10, 2009 - Drawing on the experience of its professional reporting staff and more than 600 under-cover reviews of hotels in the US and Caribbean, the Oyster Blog is a daily source of hotel news that's as accurate and reliable as it is entertaining to read.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Authentic, Expert Hotel Reviews for Sin City

August 17, 2009 - The new Vegas section will feature a wide range of original content, including reviews such as best bachelor party hotel, sexiest hotel pool scene and best gay-friendly hotels among others.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Announces the Addition of Editorial Veteran

July 23, 2009 - Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) has added Scott Medintz to lead its growing team of journalists as the company's executive editor. In this new role, Scott will lead a group of more than 15 experienced editors and writers in creating unbiased reviews and bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches Independent, Expert Hotel Reviews for New York City Market

July 14, 2009 - An increase in New York City hotel room supply, and a recession-induced reduction in demand, has resulted in some of the lowest room rates in years, making it an ideal time to visit the city. Oyster gives out-of-towners all the information, images, and advice they need to select the ideal hotel for a long-deferred visit.

Oyster Hotel Reviews Launches with Independent, Expert Hotel Reviews

June 22, 2009 - Oyster Hotel Reviews (www.oyster.com) launched today, bringing clarity and authority to the difficult task of choosing the right hotel to stay at while vacationing.

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