Expedia Swears in New Travel Resource for 2009 Presidential Inauguration

With Record Turnout Expected, Expedia Announces New Web Page with Travel Tips for Inauguration-Bound Travelers

BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- While tomorrow's Election Day marks the end of the campaign trail, it may not be the last record-breaking activity in this Presidential campaign. Experts predict that the 56th Presidential Inauguration ceremony and related activities on and around Jan. 20, 2009 could attract an unprecedented number of visitors to the Washington, D.C. area. Expedia®(NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's largest online travel company, today announced it is lending a hand to those inauguration-bound travelers with a new travel resource page launching on Wednesday, Nov. 5 and available at http://www.expedia.com/inauguration.

Expedia's inauguration page will bring together the tools needed to plan a patriotic visit to the nation's capital during inauguration week. Beginning Wednesday, visitors to the page will be able to search for and reserve hotels, airline tickets and admission to various activities and tours around the D.C. area. In addition to searching and booking tools, the page will feature tips to consider when shopping for a hotel, the D.C. Metro public transportation map, information about the three primary airports that service the area and purchase options for guided tours and other popular visitor activities.

"We've tapped our vast network of hotel partners and on-the-ground travel experts to create this new, easy-to-use travel resource," explains Sean Kell, general manager of Expedia.com. "Expedia is a one stop shop to book your flight, find and book a hotel, plan your itinerary and purchase tickets to popular attractions and tours."

Expedia's inauguration page is a go-to source for insider tips to help visitors make the most of their time and budget. The nation's capital is one of the most historically rich destinations in America, and the inauguration page will help visitors navigate the dozens of museums, monuments and historical sites inside the Beltway. For example, Expedia's travel experts recommend:

-- Watching the inauguration parade along Pennsylvania Ave. where no tickets are required

-- Booking a hotel close to a Metro stop to reduce travel time and avoid crowded streets

-- Looking for hotels outside the D.C. city limits where there may be lower prices and more vacancy

-- Booking tickets for attractions online in advance to ensure your space and avoid standing in line

For more travel tips and helpful information about attending the 2009 Presidential Inauguration -- or to book your own trip -- visit http://www.expedia.com/inauguration.

About Expedia

Expedia.com® is the world's leading online travel provider, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/) aims to provide personalized service, the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia® Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com promises to offer to its customers the best rates available online for all types of travel, making it the most comprehensive customer guarantee in online travel. Expedia is dedicated to positively impacting global tourism by providing travelers environmentally conscious travel options. Expedia is a founding member of the World Heritage Alliance -- a joint initiative with the United Nations Foundation to promote sustainable tourism. Expedia.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

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SOURCE: Expedia, Inc.

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