Quote from Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor
” While the list of dirtiest hotels is compiled from traveler ratings for cleanliness, invariably, it seems that poor hygiene indicates overall poor conditions. All told, 85 percent of TripAdvisor travelers who reviewed these ten properties recommend against staying there.”
we would like to add that the TRUTH be told, and the above should be read as followed :
” While the list of dirtiest hotels is compiled from Complete UNVALIDATED traveler ratings for cleanliness, invariably, it seems that poor hygiene indicates overall poor conditions. All told, 85 percent of UNVALIDATED TripAdvisor REVIEWERS who CLAIM to have reviewed these ten properties recommend against staying there.”
TripAdvisor claims that 85% of all the reviews on the “Dirtiest Hotels USA 2011 list recommend against staying there.
While doing an article about these what TripAdvisor calls Dirtiest Hotels in the USA, we posted 5 Negative Fake Reviews and 5 Positive Fake Reviews about the so called Dirtiest Hotel the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
It was no surprise to us that within days ALL the negative reviews were posted, but NONE of the positive reviews ever got posted. Seeing as ALL our reviews are “cloned” from already approved reviews, we found it very suspicious that not a single one of the positive reviews made it onto TripAdvisor, whereas all the negative reviews did.
Is TripAdvisor purposely not allowing positive reviews to get approved for this establishment? because if this is the case, then TripAdvisor is to blame for the 85% they talk about. Is TripAdvisor artificially keeping that percentage high by not posting any Positive Reviews?…
We did a test, and in our minds there is not a single doubt that TripAdvisor for whatever reason is intentionally not posting positive Reviews for certain establishments.
Here is what we did :
We put together 3 sets of fake positive reviews, each set consisted of 6 identical reviews.
We started with the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center. We posted 1 fake positive about this hotel, and at about the same time 5 identical reviews to 5 random hotels. The outcome was as we expected, out of the total 6 fake reviews 5 got approved and posted and one didn’t. Just as we thought, the postive fake review for the Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center NEVER got posted.
Here are the fakes from SET 1
Coincidence ? we think not, but then again we are very skeptical when it come the TripAdvisor, so lets take the next on the Dirtiest Hotel list :
Jack London Inn :
The exact same as the first time, 6 identical positive fakes, 5 get posted, 1 never makes it.. Yes, Jack London Never makes it.
The Fakes from Set 2:
So, at this point 12 fake positive reviews were submitted by us, and 10 were approved and posted by TripAdvisor, however TripAdvisor has still not posted a positive Review on the two hotels mentioned in the Dirtiest Hotel List they put together.
Let’s try one more time.. we randomly picked the Super 8 in Estes Park coincidentally on the 8th spot.
Again, 6 positive fake reviews were submitted, and again 5 got approved and 1 never made it. Super 8 never got the positive review posted..
So there you have it, if TripAdvisor is intentionally not posting positive reviews, or limiting the amount of positive reviews that they are giving certain establishments, then the Dirtiest Hotels in the USA are listed because of not just unvalidated reviews for unvalidated members, but also because TripAdvisor is intentionally keeping the percentage of their negative reviews high.
The fact that TripAdvisor has absolutely no grounds to release a Dirtiest Hotel List is disgusting. Peoples livelihood and reputation are destroyed by TripAdvisor , that gets their unvalidated information from unvalidated people, makes a filthy list and sends it to +60 million people, and plasters it on the internet.
If you or your establishment is being hurt by TripAdvisor, then you should seriously consider taking legal action, and now is a very good time to do so. Contact us for more info and advice about taking legal action against TripAdvisor or even Expedia.
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