Expedia Signs Global Partnership Agreement with One of Japan's Largest Hotel Chains

Partnership with Tokyo-based APA Hotels & Resorts broadens Expedia's selection of lodging options in Asia

October 21, 2010 – Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s largest online travel company, today announced it has signed a global partnership agreement with APA Hotels & Resorts, one of Japan’s largest hotel chains operating more than 70 properties throughout the country. Now travel shoppers visiting the more than 90 Expedia®- and Hotels.com®-branded sites worldwide will have the ability to book all APA Hotels properties.

This partnership marks the first with a global online travel agency for APA Hotels & Resorts, which is in the midst of ongoing expansion efforts, having debuted six new properties in 2010 and scheduled to open twelve additional hotels after 2011.

“We are delighted to offer our properties in Expedia’s global marketplace,” said Toshio Motoya, CEO, APA Hotels & Resorts. “This partnership provides APA Hotels with reach to a global audience of travelers far beyond what we’ve ever achieved before.”

“APA Hotels’ offers a wide variety of properties to fit any traveler’s needs, and will be a welcome addition to the selection of hotels Expedia and Hotels.com currently offer in Japan,” said Peter Lee, director of market management for North Asia, Expedia Partner Services Group. “We are pleased to not only enhance the depth and breadth of our lodging in Asia, but also to deliver value to APA through the exposure, and marketing and promotional opportunities we will offer them.”

About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes more than 90 localized Expedia.com®- and Hotels.com®-branded sites; leading U.S. discount travel site Hotwire®; leading agency hotel company Venere.com™; Egencia™, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company; the world's largest travel community TripAdvisor® Media Network; destination activities provider ExpediaLocalExpert®; luxury travel specialist Classic Vacations®; and China's second largest booking site eLong™. The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers vast opportunity to reach the most valuable audience of in-market travel consumers anywhere through TripAdvisor Media Network and Expedia Media Solutions. 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 Expedia Partner Services Group
Expedia Partner Services Group (PSG) is the central point of contact for travel suppliers to access the global Expedia marketplace of leading travel brands comprising more than 90 points of sale worldwide. With hundreds of employees in local markets throughout the world, Expedia® PSG makes it easy for suppliers to meet their global distribution objectives, and delivers a portfolio of innovative connectivity solutions, rate and inventory management tools, business intelligence reports, and online marketing expertise.

About APA Hotels & Resorts
APA Hotels & Resorts operates properties all over Japan, ranging from Sapporo to Okinawa, including APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari, with the tallest hotel building in Japan, and APA Hotel and Resort Myoko Kogen, with one of the largest site area as a Japanese hotel. APA Hotels and Resorts initiated its “SUMMIT5” five-year mid-term strategic plan starting from April 1, 2010, and continues to strive toward the goal to operate the largest number of properties within the three wards in central Tokyo surrounding the Imperial Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Minato-ku, Chuo-ku), and 40,000 rooms in total by the year 2015.

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