Expedia Corporate expands in Europe

Expedia Corporate Travel is expanding into Germany as part of its drive to deepen its global footprint across Europe and North America.Expedia Corporate Travel Germany will be headquartered in Munich and
will service the country’s travelers and travel managers of small to
mid-sized German businesses. As a customer of Expedia Corporate Travel,
German companies can take advantage of the agency’s on-demand technology
platform that drives efficiencies and cost-savings within global corporate
travel management programs through high internal adoption of the online
booking tool. Expedia Corporate Travel customers in the U.S. are
currently averaging an online adoption rate of 85 percent. The German
agency will also service the thousands of current worldwide companies that
use Expedia Corporate Travel and have potential travel and business
requirements in Germany.
  Expedia Corporate Travel Germany will also provide a full-service
option for German companies by bringing together the agency’s proprietary
technology and agent-assisted services in a complete, single-source
solution. German customers can achieve the same benefits that Expedia
Corporate Travel customers in North America and neighboring European
countries are experiencing, including ease-of-use for the online booking
tool, flexibility and control of reporting, and robust travel policy
management.
  Customers of Expedia(R) Corporate Travel Germany will also be able to
access a unique travel inventory and compare a variety of booking prices—
including published rates, web fares and their own corporate negotiated
rates—all in one online search.
  Jean-Pierre Remy, the president of Expedia(R) Corporate Travel Europe,
is leading the launch of the new German agency. In addition to his current
responsibilities as president, Remy will also manage the product
development, marketing, supplier relations, operations and sales efforts of
Expedia(R) Corporate Travel Germany. “The opening of our German office
highlights Expedia Corporate Travel’s ongoing strategy to unite our global
customers on the first, truly integrated worldwide platform,” said Remy.
“Germany is a great opportunity for Expedia Corporate Travel to strengthen
its presence and relationships with the European business travel industry
and culture, while also giving our global customers more access and options
within Europe.”
  Expedia Corporate Travel’s recent international growth includes the
launch of Expedia Corporate Travel Canada in January 2006, as well as
agency openings in France, the United Kingdom and Belgium.
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