Expedia Focused on Sustainable Tourism In Its Own Backyard

Local Employees Lend Professional Expertise To Olympic National Park During Annual World Heritage Alliance Service Project










BELLEVUE, Wash. – October 15, 2009 – Beginning this weekend, eight Expedia® employees from across the globe will gather in Quinault, Washington for the next two weeks as part of the company’s fifth employee volunteer consultancy to promote responsible tourism at World Heritage sites, places universally recognized for their outstanding value to humanity.




Expedia’s World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA) employee project is unique, in that it leverages the tourism expertise of Expedia employees to support and enhance the experience travelers will have at World Heritage locations by providing these communities with a comprehensive plan for sustainable tourism.  This plan will include creating branding techniques for the region, as well as the development of a complete package of tourism product offerings, marketing strategies and sales tools and an improved web presence.




“As a leader in the travel industry, Expedia believes we have a responsibility to foster sustainable tourism around the globe,” said Megan Prine, community relations manager for Expedia, Inc. “As a company based here in the Pacific Northwest, and in this economic climate, we’re pleased to be working in the backyard of our corporate headquarters to enhance the experience of travelers visiting Olympic National Park, and help educate them on World Heritage and what it means to travel responsibly.”




During the project, Expedia employees who were selected from a highly-competitive application process will stay at the Lake Quinault Lodge and work together with representatives from the Quinault Indian Nation, residents of the Lake Quinault and Amanda Park communities, the National Forest Service, and Olympic National Park to improve the quality and marketability of community tourism as well as increase the success and sustainability of the local tourism businesses.




Since partnering with the United Nations Foundation to create the World Heritage Alliance in the fall of 2005, Expedia has completed consultancies at World Heritage sites in Sian Ka’an, the Yucatan, Dominica, and Baja California, Mexico.  This year’s volunteer endeavor is the first project to support a U.S.-based World Heritage site.








About Expedia, Inc.




Expedia, Inc. is the world’s leading online travel company.  With more people booking travel online in Expedia’s global marketplace than anywhere else, the company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives demand for travel suppliers, and provides advertisers opportunities to reach in-market travel consumers.  The Expedia, Inc. portfolio of brands includes Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Venere.com™, Hotwire®, Egencia™ (formerly Expedia Corporate Travel), TripAdvisor®, ExpediaLocalExpert®, Classic Vacations® and eLong™.  Expedia, Inc.’s companies operate more than 70 global points of sale in more than 55 countries.  Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network.  (NASDAQ: EXPE)








About the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism




The World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism is an industry-leading initiative that works to support World Heritage conservation, sustainable tourism, and local economic development for communities in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites. The UN Foundation and Expedia, Inc. created the World Heritage Alliance in the fall of 2005 with the agreement of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. www.worldheritagealliance.org.








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