BRUSSELS, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), the community-led local search site, today announced the availability of Yelp Belgium (http://www.yelp.be). Beginning today, locals are able to create accounts on Yelp.be to share their opinions about great local businesses and services. Yelp's free iPhone and Android applications will also be made available in Belgium, as will its free suite of business owner tools: Yelp for Business Owners (http://biz.yelp.be).
“As the site of the EU headquarters, Belgium is a broad mix of cultures, has three official languages, is renowned for its love of fine art and beer, and is home to the fabulous Antwerp Six,” said Miriam Warren, Vice President of European Marketing, Yelp. "With the launch of Yelp in Belgium, we sincerely hope that by sharing their individual passions and opinions about their favourite places to visit and browse, the Yelp community in Belgium will flourish and become an invaluable service to people looking to get the best from their local business community."
The site supports Dutch, French, German, Italian, English and Spanish, essential as Belgium has a very culturally diverse resident population. The third European country to launch in less than a month, Belgium becomes the tenth country in Europe to have a dedicated and flourishing Yelp community as Yelp continues to deliver on its ambitious international growth strategy.
Other countries to have launched in Europe include:
September 2011, Yelp Switzerland (http://www.yelp.ch)
September 2011, Yelp Italy (http://www.yelp.it)
May 2011, Yelp Spain (http://www.yelp.es)
December 2010, Yelp Netherlands (http://www.yelp.nl)
October 2010, Yelp Austria (http://www.yelp.at)
July 2010, Yelp Germany (http://www.yelp.de)
May 2010, Yelp France (http://www.yelp.fr)
June 2009, Yelp Ireland (http://www.yelp.ie)
January 2009, Yelp UK (http://www.yelp.co.uk)
While available throughout Belgium, Yelp will focus its initial community building efforts in Brussels and Antwerp -- a city by city approach that has served the company and its other markets well in the past. Yelp now has thriving communities in 18 major cities across Western Europe.
To learn more and see pictures of Yelp.ch and our iPhone and Android applications, visit our Yelp Official Blog (http://officialblog.yelp.com/)
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, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Switzerland; Yelp drew an audience of more than 63 million unique visitors in August 2011. Yelpers have written more than 21 million rich, local reviews, making Yelp the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. Over 5 million unique visitors also relied on Yelp Mobile applications to help them make a spending decision on the go. For more information, please visit yelp.be or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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