Business-to-Business in a Whole New Way: Expedia Gives Its Suppliers A Real-Time View Into The Marke

ExpediaPartners.com brings the industry’s newest Web-based, real-time performance metrics to travel partners 24 hours a day

Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE), a leading online travel service, announced today the launch of the travel industry’s newest e-business tool to help suppliers manage and track their sales performance made through the Expedia sites. Initially rolled out to airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies, ExpediaPartners.com provides a real-time view of suppliers’ performance metrics, allowing them to maximize their sales and respond to customer demand with promotions and discounts.


“Using the Internet to help suppliers obtain real-time sales performance information puts Expedia at the forefront of the travel industry,” said Richard Barton, CEO of Expedia, Inc. “This key addition to the Expedia global travel marketplace allows suppliers to better manage their inventory and understand and respond to the needs of Expedia customers.”


As different types of suppliers have different needs, ExpediaPartners.com provides industry specific tools for air, car, and hotel suppliers. These tools house all the information applicable for their particular industry. Car rental companies, for example, can log on to their own password protected area of the site and access reports based on reservations by the day, week, month or year and analyze them based on rental type, sales by airport and class of the rental car. Hotel suppliers can similarly view and analyze reservations by day, week, month, or year; the top airports for their hotel room reservations; and specific hotels in particular cities. Airlines can use the tools to view and analyze metrics such as sales by day, week, and month; and top sales routes sold. ExpediaPartners.com will also display requests, matches and the price of requests made on the Expedia® Hotel Price Matcher? and Flight Price Matcher? services so suppliers can make price adjustments as necessary.


ExpediaPartners.com has enlisted the same high standards of technology and security into this site as with Expedia.com, using the same account/password protection. Additionally, all data sent between the suppliers’ PCs and the ExpediaPartners.com Web server is fully encrypted (SSL encryption).
About Expedia, Inc.

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Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) operates the Expedia.com? online travel service in the United States with localized versions for travelers in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. To help customers Travel Right, Expedia provides the best combination of air, car, and hotel booking, vacation package and cruise offers, destination information, and point-to-point mapping.

Expedia.com customers are supported by a credit card guarantee (U.S. site only), privacy policy, and live agents via e-mail and a toll-free number available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Expedia.com is also available under Travel on the MSN? network of Internet services.


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