In an interview during a visit to Australia to open the company’s new local head office in the Sydney suburb of Redfern, the company’s global chief executive, Stephen Kaufer, said independent operators were the final ­critical step in the global rollout of the product, which went live in Australia last year. “Today, we have eight of the top 10 hotel brands in the world and we’re continuing to expand our partnerships with large hotel chains, online travel agencies and with more independent hotels,’’ he told The Australian. “Travellers can now book more than 500,000 hotels on ­TripAdvisor. Get the full story at The Australian Business Review Read also "TripAdvisor CEO committed to Instant Booking and long-term growth"