Travel: Expedia: New Zealand

Expedia.co.nz Launches in New Zealand

Expedia, (NASDAQ:EXPE) , the world's leading online travel company, today announced the launch of its New Zealand website -- a full-service travel booking site designed specifically to meet the needs of New Zealand travellers.

"New Zealand is a very important market in the Asia Pacific region, worth over USD$17bn in 2007(1), so we know Kiwis just love to travel," said Arthur Hoffman, managing director of Expedia.co.nz(TM). "We are very excited to help New Zealanders research, plan and book their perfect holiday with all the benefits of Expedia's global product range, competitive prices, and in-depth travel and destination information."

Expedia.co.nz has an unprecedented product range including over 75,000 hotels, flights from all major airlines, car rental companies and over 3,000 activities and attractions around the world.

Kiwi travellers will also benefit from a variety of innovative tools on Expedia.co.nz like 360-degree virtual tours of rooms and facilities in popular hotels worldwide and read over 280,000 independent traveller reviews. In addition to a superior online experience, Expedia.co.nz also provides access to professional travel advisors who can assist with phone bookings.

All products on Expedia.co.nz are for sale in the local currency -- the New Zealand Dollar. Prices are quoted upfront and include all taxes and supplier surcharges so customers are easily able to understand the total cost of their travel, without any hidden charges.

Expedia has been in the travel industry for over 10 years, operates the Expedia brand in 15 countries around the world and is the global leader in online travel. The company first invested in the Asia travel market in August 2004 through its investment in eLong(TM) (http://www.elong.net/), the second largest online travel company in China. Expedia.co.nz is the third branded Expedia website in the Asia Pacific region joining current sites in Australia and Japan.

Over 50 million people(2) visit Expedia's global websites each month and hundreds of staff throughout the world work directly with supply partners in local markets.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travellers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book, and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.'s portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com(R), hotels.com(R), Hotwire(R), Expedia(R) Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor(R) and Classic Vacations(R). Expedia, Inc.'s companies also operate internationally with sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Australia, Japan and China, through its investment in eLong(TM).

NOTE: Expedia and Expedia.co.nz are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Classic Vacations is either a trademark or registered trademark of Classic Vacations, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. hotels.com is either a trademark or registered trademark of hotels.com, L.P., a subsidiary of hotels.com in the U.S. and/or other countries. Hotwire is either a trademark or registered trademark of Hotwire, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. TripAdvisor is either a trademark or registered trademark of TripAdvisor, LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

CST: 2029030-40
(1) EyeforTravel Research, The Asia Pacific Online Travel Report 2007
(2) ComScore, January 2007

Source: Expedia, Inc.
BELLEVUE, Wash. and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, Inc.

 


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