Expedia.com Awarded as “Best Overall Travel Site”

Expedia, Inc.
(Nasdaq: EXPE) the world`s leading online travel service,
continues its travel industry leadership with its recognition from Yahoo!
Internet Life magazine, which awarded Expedia.com(R) as “Best Overall Travel
Site,” as well as MIT`s Technology Review magazine which named Expedia(R)
president and CEO, Richard Barton as one of the world`s 100 top young
innovators.
The honors praise Expedia for providing consumers with a breadth
of travel services and superior technology.
  In the June 2002 issue of Yahoo! Internet Life, Expedia was named a “Gold
Star Site” and the “Best Overall Travel Site.” Expedia won the top prize
beating competitive sites due to features such as custom-built trips, which
meet the individual needs of the consumer, as well as its online and e-mail
customer alerts which provide customers with information about airline and
weather status which may impact travels. “Expedia`s tools and tabs
consistently work the way they`re intended, inspiring consumer confidence.
This year, the site introduced the Web`s most flexible build-your-own vacation
packages”  (Yahoo! Internet Life, June 2002).
 
Additionally, Expedia president and CEO, Richard Barton
, is named one of
the world`s 100 Top Young Innovators in the June 2002 issue of MIT`s
Technology Review. Chosen annually, the TR100 awards consists of
100 individuals whose innovative work in business and technology has a
profound impact on today`s world.  Barton is recognized for his vision and
leadership, and for helping drive a technology-led revolution in the travel
industry.
 
“Under his [Barton`s] leadership as CEO, Expedia developed an
award-winning algorithm that compares prices on billions of flight
combinations ...”  (Technology Review, June 2002).
 
“Being acknowledged by MIT`s Technology Review as one of the top 100
innovators is a tremendous honor that is wholly attributable to the remarkable
team we have at Expedia,” said Richard Barton, president and CEO of Expedia,
Inc. “Receiving recognition from MIT`s Technology Review and Yahoo! Internet
Life recognizes our vision to provide travelers with the powerful and flexible
tools that they need to plan their whole trip - whether that means having
access to hundreds of flight search options or securing tickets to a Broadway
show.”


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(07/06/2002) CRTL Research Says Expedia and Travelocity Lead the Way

(03/01/2002) Expedia Gains Yahoo! And Mobile Computing Awards.

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