Though sexual harassment has always been prevalent, the topic has gained more traction in recent months, from the continuing list of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo hashtag that’s raising awareness, Taylor Swift’s trial, to other public figures that are stepping forward with their stories or show of support. The repercussions have been of a serious scale, what with Finn Wolfhard firing his agent, Harvey Weintein losing his job and titles, and France taking legal action against catcalling. It occurs in every industry and culture, and TripAdvisor is stepping up to do something about it.
The next time you search the site to plan your vacation, aside from assessing the discounts and deals on hotels and resorts, you’ll also be able to see a note of where exactly there was an incident of sexual assault. The issues range from public health to safety. However, it’ll be up to you and the media for TripAdvisor to receive notice and take action. So if you’ve ever stayed at a sketchy hotel or if you’ve been in a dangerous situation, simply let them know so TripAdvisor can warn other travelers.
While motels get a bad rep, five-star resorts can’t always be of squeaky clean reputation, and this feature will be showing users every location of a reported incident, unfiltered. However, there’s a time limit of three months in which the badge will be posted, unless it’s a persistent issue in which the badge will be up for an extended period. See the example below.
While the notice may not be specific, the warning’s there. It says:
“Message from TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor has been made aware of recent media reports or events concerning this property which may not be reflected in reviews found on this listing. Accordingly, you may wish to perform additional research for information about this property when making your travel plans.”
A few years earlier, TripAdvisor faced backlash for deleting a traveler’s assault allegations against a resort. This time, TripAdvisor will be reevaluating what counts as “hearsay” while providing a full spectrum of reviews, positive or negative. Vacations are a time for relaxation and they can be fully tainted by a negative experience at a hotel, whether because of other travelers or hotel employees. Hopefully this feature will shed light on what shouldn’t be swept under the rug in order for future travelers to have better experiences.