I am excited to share that Europe’s largest local reviews site, Qype, has agreed to be acquired by Yelp and become part of our fast growing company. Welcome!
Our mission is to become the defacto choice for local search globally, connecting people with great local businesses all over the world. We’ve built a great foundation, launching Yelp communities in 19 countries so far. Bringing Qype into the fold will enable us to accelerate our international growth and increase our benefit to consumers and businesses.
Qype’s contributors have written more than two million reviews of local businesses, resulting in more than 15 million monthly unique visitors to the service.
Combine that with more than 30 million Yelp reviews and 78 million unique monthly visitors, and you can see why teaming up will make us even better at helping you find that perfect restaurant/museum/dentist/hair salon/shoe store in Los Angeles/Memphis/London/Hamburg/Singapore. It’s a beautiful thing, really.
So, what’s next? As always, we don’t want to disrupt the consumer experience, so we are going to take a deliberate approach to integrating our products, starting with mobile. For today, we simply want to take a moment to celebrate this new union and welcome all the new members of our family.