SideStep in UK move

3rd Feb 2006

SideStep is launching into the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The United Kingdom represents the largest online travel market in Europe and
SideStep is the first American travel search provider to establish a presence
there and in Ireland.
The company aims to transform online travel in the European market by making
it easier and more convenient for people in the United Kingdom and Ireland to
find and book travel anywhere in the world.

In 2005, SideStep drove
$1 billion in transactions for its travel provider partners. Research firm
PhoCusWright projects that the European online travel market will grow from
$34.7 billion in 2005 to $50.6 billion in 2006. The United Kingdom represents
approximately 35% of this market, and SideStep is poised to win business and
drive significant change in the European online travel sector.
  “SideStep’s expansion into the United Kingdom and Ireland highlights the
momentum behind the company and follows its strategy towards ongoing
innovation,” said Rob Solomon, SideStep’s CEO. “Our travel search model has
proven to be extremely successful in the United States and international
growth is the next logical step. We see tremendous opportunity abroad and look
forward to providing European travelers with the ultimate online travel


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