LISBON, Portugal, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Yelp Inc. (NYSE: YELP), the company that connects consumers with great local businesses, today announced the availability of Yelp Portugal ( http://www.yelp.pt). Starting today, people throughout Portugal are able to create accounts on Yelp.pt to share their opinions about great local businesses. Yelp's free iPhone and Android applications will be available as well as its free suite of business owner tools: Yelp for Business Owners ( http://biz.yelp.pt).
"A country as distinctive and charismatic as Portugal was destined to enter the Yelp fold, and we are excited to welcome them in -- the nation's love of Fado suggests fatalism might be very much on trend," explains Miriam Warren, Vice President of New Markets. "A country where locals can surf 365 days a year, traverse Europe's longest bridge, eat the most shellfish per person on the planet, and use ATMs so sophisticated you can pay your income taxes from one, will undoubtedly prove a valuable addition to the global Yelp community."
The 24th country to develop a Yelp community is steeped in history, one that lays claim to the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires that spanned almost 600 years. The arrival of Yelp marks a new era, one that connects people to great local businesses locally and across the world in 14 different languages.Lisbon will be the focus of the initial community building efforts and Yelp will hire a local Community Manager to be based there and lay the foundations of the first Portuguese Yelp community. The full-featured site will be available across the whole of Portugal however. Everyone from the 'End of the World' in the far south of the country, to the Port producing Norte region in the North can now share their insights on what is good and great about their local businesses via their Internet connected desktop or mobile device. To learn more and see pictures of Yelp.pt and our iPhone and Android applications, visit our Yelp Official Blog ( http://officialblog.yelp.com). About Yelp Yelp (NYSE: YELP) 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, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Poland, Turkey, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Portugal. Yelp had a monthly average of 117 million unique visitors in Q3 2013.* By the end of Q3 2013, Yelpers had written more than 47 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. Yelp's mobile application was used on approximately 11.2 million unique mobile devices on a monthly average basis during Q3 2013. For more information, please visit http://www.yelp.pt or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. * Source: Google Analytics