Expedia TAAP Takes Gold at Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP) was honored with Travel Weekly's 2017 Gold Magellan Award in the Online Travel Services category for its unique educational travel agent portal, www.expediataap.com. Expedia TAAP also received two silver awards in the same category for its Trip Planning and Booking Interface. The Expedia TAAP travel agent portal enables agents to train on products, promotions, features, functions and benefits through the Expedia network.

"Our goal with TAAP is to help travel agents grow their businesses and unleash their full potential through the power of technology," said Diego Pedrani, Expedia's Senior Director of Travel Agent Distribution. "The portal engages, energizes and builds lasting relationships with travel agents creating fun and educational promotions, games and much more. It advises our valued partners to take full advantage of Expedia TAAP's great rates and availability, prices and service in the interest of their clients. The Magellan Awards are testament to the success and strategy of our relationship with agents around the country and we're thrilled to be recognized for this work."

Judged by a panel of leading travel experts, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honor the best in the travel industry, highlighting Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies. Winners will be highlighted in the October issue of Travel Weekly and on www.travelweekly.com.

TAAP empowers travel agents with industry-leading technology and inventory to better serve their own customers. Travel agents who register as TAAP affiliates gain access to unique inventory and planning tools designed specifically for the travel agency community, while earning commissions on more than 435,000 properties, more than 25,000 activities, 500 airlines, packages, and dozens of rental car companies, all while taking advantage of Expedia's global scale and state-of-the-art technology.

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EXPEDIA TEAMS UP WITH THOMAS COOK

EXPEDIA SET TO POWER THOMAS COOK CHANNELS WITH MARKET-LEADING TECHNOLOGY AND INVENTORY

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) announced today a new strategic alliance with Thomas Cook, one of Europe's leading holiday companies. The agreement, made possible by Expedia Global Partner Solutions, the partnership arm of Brand Expedia, will over time provide Thomas Cook consumers with access to thousands more hotels for the company's city and domestic holiday businesses.

Also as part of the new alliance, Thomas Cook's primary websites, contact centers, stores and distribution to affiliated travel agents will eventually be powered by Expedia's market-leading platform for various types of travel bookings.

"We've always had profound respect for the Thomas Cook brand and we believe that our coming together will enhance our abilities to help more people to get out and see the world, while enhancing each of our competitive positions in the European market," said Aman Bhutani, President, Brand Expedia Group. "Expedia's Global Partner Solutions business brings to life the ability to leverage the strength of our technology and operations for our partners, powering leading brands with private label booking engines, agent tools, web services and operations for all travel products, including lodging, flights, packages, and car rentals. We are thrilled to add Thomas Cook to our roster of premier clients around the globe."

"The combination of Expedia's portfolio of hotels and best-in-class online technology will transform Thomas Cook's city breaks and hotel-only offer for customers while helping the business take an important step forward in delivering our strategy for profitable growth," said Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Cook. "Joining forces with a company that has the global reach and expertise of Expedia will allow Thomas Cook to further simplify our systems and processes, freeing us up to focus on holidays to our own brand and selected partner hotels where we know we can really make a difference to customers. I am confident this marks the first step in a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with Expedia."

About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the world's largest online travel company, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:

  • Expedia.com®, a leading full-service online travel brand with localized sites in 33 countries
  • Hotels.com®, a leading global lodging expert operating 89 localized websites in 41 languages with its award winning Hotels.com® Rewards loyalty program
  • Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a global B2B brand that powers the hotel business of hundreds of leading airlines, travel agencies, loyalty and corporate travel companies plus several top consumer brands through its API and template solutions
  • trivago®, a leading online hotel search platform with sites in 55 countries worldwide
  • HomeAway®, a global online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, which also includes the VRBOVacationRentals.com and BedandBreakfast.com brands, among others
  • Egencia®, a leading corporate travel management company
  • Orbitz.com® and CheapTickets.com®, leading U.S. travel websites, as well as ebookers®, a full-service travel brand with websites in seven European countries
  • Travelocity®, a leading online travel brand in the U.S. and Canada delivering customer service when and where our customers need it with the Customer First Guarantee
  • Hotwire®, inspiring spontaneous travel through Hot Rate® deals
  • Wotif Group, a leading portfolio of travel brands including Wotif.com®, Wotif.co.nzlastminute.com.au®, lastminute.co.nz and travel.com.au®
  • Expedia® Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of Expedia, Inc. that builds creative media partnerships and enables brand advertisers to target a highly-qualified audience of travel consumers
  • CarRentals.com™, a premier online car rental booking company with localized sites in 13 countries
  • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  • Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of online and in-market concierge services, activities, experiences and ground transportation in over a thousand destinations worldwide
  • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, a provider of exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of over 235 retail travel agency franchises across North America
  • SilverRail Technologies, Inc., a global rail retail and distribution platform connecting rail carriers and suppliers to both online and offline travel distributors

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REWARDS ON EVERY ROOM AS AIR NEW ZEALAND AND EXPEDIA TEAM UP

Air New Zealand is expanding its digital travel retail experience with a new Expedia partnership, giving customers streamlined access to Expedia’s unrivalled selection of hotels at discounted rates when they book their flight and room together on the airline’s website.

From today, customers booking a flight on the airline’s website can access additional hotel discounts, with all properties backed by Expedia’s Price Match. Airpoints™ members will also earn Airpoints Dollars™ on their stay, with a launch offer of triple Airpoints Dollars until 21 April 2017.

Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Avi Golan says the partnership brings together two digitally-forward companies with bold ambitions to make dreaming, planning and booking travel effortless, from ground to air.

“From our highly popular mobile app to our artificial intelligence chat bot Oscar, we’re continually looking at how new technology can radically simplify travel planning, giving our customers enhanced choice, convenience and a more personalised experience.

“With Expedia on board, customers can confidently choose from hundreds and thousands of options, knowing they’re getting the best value on hotels in New Zealand and offshore.”

Expedia New Zealand Managing Director Michael Pearson says Air New Zealand’s customers will benefit from Expedia’s sophisticated search platform that makes it easy to find the best option for every trip.

“The partnership opens up a world of choice, value and rewards for customers, simplifying the booking process for flights and accommodation, whether for business or leisure.”

Expedia Global Partner Solutions Vice President and General Manager Daniel Hest says the collaboration is an excellent example of how the online travel company is investing in strategic partnerships to drive better value for travelers and partners.

“We’ve extended the same cutting-edge technology that powers our consumer site to our partners, powering a booking solution that gives travellers a better way to discover and book travel.”

The airline’s new accommodation offering is now available through airnewzealand.co.nzairnewzealand.com.auand grabaseat.co.nzand will be rolled out across more of its international sites later this year.

Customers who don’t reserve a hotel while booking their flight, or who book flights through the airline’s contact center or mobile app, can access their accommodation options through the My Bookings page on Air New Zealand’s website.

To celebrate the new partnership, Air New Zealand and Expedia are offering travelers the chance to win their dream getaway. For entry details and terms visit airnewzealand.co.nz/expedia-competitionor airnewzealand.com.au/competition

Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs