Thomas Cook has announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Expedia, one of the world’s leading travel companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Expedia will become the preferred provider of hotels for Thomas Cook’s complementary city and domestic holiday business and will provide its booking platform to support all city break and hotel-only sales across Thomas Cook distribution channels in Europe.
Expedia has announced that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Mark Okerstrom, currently chief financial officer and executive vice president of operations, to succeed Dara Khosrowshahi as president and chief executive of the company.
Expedia has announced travellers can now book hotels in Cuba on its global points of sale. The destination continues to generate interest as a hot destination among traveller; its ministry of tourism reported more than four million foreign visitors in 2016, with the biggest increase in visitor numbers from the US.
Expedia and SilverRail Technologies have entered into a definitive agreement in which Expedia will acquire a majority stake in SilverRail. SilverRail set out to solve rail’s most challenging technology problems and has been an important Expedia industry partner, helping to bring online booking for rail to customers.
Egencia, the corporate travel division of the Expedia group, today announced their strategy for 2017 and beyond, as well as a new global organisation to support their ambition to be the “most business traveller centric company in the world”. Having enjoyed significant growth over the past several years, the company is now turning its attention to the next stage of their own and the industry’s evolution.
Expedia has announced a new partnership with Marriott International which integrates its technology to power the hotel company’s own dynamic packaging platform “Vacations by Marriott” on Marriott.com in the United States. Expedia fosters a test and learn environment that allows the company to leverage its world class technology to identify and test new products that meet partner business goals, while also adapting to changes in the marketplace.
The Expedia group and Travelport have today announced an expanded European partnership which sees Expedia extend its use of Travelport’s Travel Commerce Platform in multiple European countries. As part of the agreement, Expedia and its brands, including its corporate arm, Egencia, will continue to use Travelport’s industry-leading Universal Application Programming Interface to access unrivalled hotel and car content and to power new services that will give their customers a greater level of information, choice and flexibility when it comes to booking online travel.
In partnership with SilverRail and supported by the Association of Train Operating Companies and the Rail Delivery Group, Expedia customers will soon be able to also purchase rail travel throughout Britain alongside the travel options already on offer. The availability of rail on Expedia.co.uk will mark the first time a global, full-service online travel agency has offered a rail component in addition to other travel products such as air, hotel, car rental, activities and packages.
Expedia Affiliate Network has launched Hotels.com for Partners, a new online platform that allows partners such as airlines and travel companies to white label or co-brand with Hotels.com, and access its huge list of hotel rates and availabilities, increasing customer loyalty and traveller spend as a result.
Expedia and Amadeus IT Group have announced a new global, long-term agreement. The agreement enables Expedia to offer air, car, rail, cruise, and hotel products through the Amadeus global distribution system, and adds Orbitz Worldwide brands in addition to the Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, Wotif Group, Expedia Affiliate Network and Egencia brands covered by the previous agreement.
Expedia has revealed the initial design vision for its future campus in the City of Seattle. Expedia’s Phase I plans include new construction, the adaptive reuse of the existing buildings, and the development of outdoor green spaces.