Expedia, Sam’s Club ink deal

Expedia.com and Sam’s Club are forming a new partnership under which Expedia.com will serve
as the exclusive travel partner to power travel bookings for Sam’s Club.
Beginning today, more than 47 million Sam’s Club Members can access the
Expedia-powered booking tools, travel content, and unmatched selection of
vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination
activities, attractions and services.
  “At Sam’s Club, our sole purpose is to provide our Members the best
product and service at the best price. This partnership with Expedia allows
us to achieve that objective and to also provide our Members the best
selection and world class customer service for travel and entertainment
booking,” said Philip Malcolm, Vice President of Membership Card and
Services Strategy, Sam’s Club. “This is a winning solution for all parties
and most importantly, Sam’s Club Members, as it grants them access to
virtually unlimited travel possibilities. Sam’s Club wins by deepening our
ability to meet our Members needs, and Expedia benefits by expanding its
customer base.”
  Expedia(R) is powering Sam’s Club Travel through Worldwide Travel
Exchange (WWTE), which provides travel booking solutions for companies
looking to enhance their own travel offering with industry leading
cross-sell and dynamic packaging solutions, and access to highly
competitive travel products and services. Expedia currently powers the
online travel bookings for some of the world’s best known brands, the Web’s
most high traffic sites, and leading airlines and hotels worldwide.
  “This partnership extends our award-winning technology, breadth of
selection, and top-notch customer service to empower Sam’s Club Members to
book the trip that’s right for them,” said Tony Gonchar, Vice President,
Distribution Marketing, Expedia, Inc. “This partnership builds out the
geographic and demographic base of travelers Expedia serves, and delivers
additional high value business to our supply partners.”
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