Eight years after its formation as a travel community, TripsByTips is moving to pastures new - in two ways.
The Germany-based company, which started out life as a consumer-facing platform in 2007 and later switched to a B2B suite of services to the industry, has been sold to European travel content business, Mairdumont.
Terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the owners- Uwe Frers and Boris Wertz - who have sold 100% of their stake in the company to Mairdumont.
The agreement to sell to Mairdumont comes just a week after TripsByTips sold its existing "community portal" to Expedia in Germany, also for an undisclosed fee.
That element of TripsByTips will be used by Expedia.de to bolster its existing content and community services.
The core part of the company, its B2B services, will now continue in the German capital Berlin under the Mairdumont brand under existing TripsByTips CEO, Gereon Frisch.
Mairdumont managing director, Frank Mair, says:
"TripsByTips – as a crowdsourcing platform with an international network of experienced authors creating quality editorial content for B2B customers within the travel industry – fits precisely to our mission."
TripsByTips B2B platform includes the previously mentioned destination content service, as well as location geo-data, multi-media content and points of interest information.
The business will join a large portfolio of travel-related services at Mairdumont such as The publishing programme includes the Marco Polo Guides, the German-language Lonely Planet Guides, Kompass Outdoor Programme, Varta Guides and the Shell.