Yelp Launches in France First Non-English Speaking Country for the Site; Marks Broader Expansion Plans
SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), the community-led local search site, today announced the availability of Yelp France (http://www.yelp.fr). Representing its first non-English speaking country, people in France can now use Yelp.fr to read and share reviews about great local businesses in their native language. Additionally, Yelp users everywhere will have the option to view Yelp's interface in French or English, as well as write and access reviews in these supported languages via a link at the bottom of any business listing.
"France is a country steeped in rich culinary, artistic and cultural traditions. Considering this heritage, it represents the next logical destination for Yelp, which is all about connecting people with great local businesses," said Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO. "Today's launch represents an exciting step for us and we are committed to making Yelp France the go-to resource for locals to share their knowledge and opinions with one another."
The launch of Yelp France underscores the site's increased effort towards broader availability in Europe. In April 2010, one million unique visitors consulted Yelp UK and Yelp Ireland, with the vast majority of that traffic coming from London. Reaching one million unique visitors after 16 months is an even faster growth rate than Yelp experienced in its first U.S. market of San Francisco and a strong indicator that Yelp is poised to gain the same type of traction in Europe.
Yelp for iPhone and Yelp for Business Owners will be available shortly after the launch of Yelp.fr.
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Yelp (www.yelp.com) is a website that connects people with great local businesses. Yelp was founded in San Francisco in July 2004. Since then, Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK and Ireland; Yelp drew an audience of more than 31 million unique visitors in March 2010. Yelpers have written more than 10 million local reviews, making Yelp the leading US local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. For more information, please visit yelp.fr or send an email to email@example.com.
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