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Expedia Kicks Off College Football Season with Deals and Travel Guide for Top College Towns Blogger tour begins on Labor Day weekend in Dublin, Ireland, at Notre Dame vs. Navy game

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia®, the world's leading online travel agency, today kicked off its support for college football with two programs: a nationwide College Football Travel Guide featuring a guide to 29 top college football towns, and deals at more than 3,000 hotels nationwide in college football destinations.  As part of the College Football Travel Guide, travel blogger Jeremy Branham of Budget Travel Adventures is traveling to nine top games to report on his travel experience in real time on Expedia and through Twitter.

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The College Football Travel Guide features the top college towns, based on data from StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, showcasing which schools have the most loyal fan base both at home and on the road. The guide, which is at www.expedia.com/collegefootball, provides fans with information about how to best experience each college town the way a fan and traveler should, with information on where to stay, what to do in town, and game day tips like recommendations on where to find the best pre- and post-game food and drinks.

"Travel is all about culture and in the U.S., college football towns each have their own legendary cultures that every fan should experience," said Joe Megibow, Vice President and General Manager, Expedia.com®. "Tapping into travel blogger Jeremy Branham's yearly tour of college towns is an excellent example of the kind of loyalty that college football inspires. For alumni, students and fans who want to experience college towns not just as a football fan but from a travel experience, Expedia has college football travel tips and deals available that ensure that every fan can follow their team spirit, wherever it leads them."

The 2012 College Football Travel Tour with Expedia
Lifelong traveler Jeremy Branham was raised in South Carolina, in the heart of the football-mad American South. He took his first solo road trip to watch his beloved South Carolina team play their arch-rival Clemson, at Clemson (South Carolina defeated Clemson 33-7). The experience was transformative. Jeremy now executes an annual College Football Travel Tour. Expedia is the title sponsor of the 2012 edition.

Jeremy will attend nine signature games during the 2012 season, beginning with Notre Dame versus Navy on September 1, in Dublin, Ireland, and closing at a bowl game that will be announced at a later date. Branham's gridiron schedule includes:

 

At each stop, Jeremy will attend the games and develop feature stories and events that showcase the joy and passion of college football. He will offer travel tips to fans, helping them find the right hotels, the best restaurants and the hidden gems in each college town. He will celebrate every tailgate and touchdown on tour, and will host exclusive "Tweet-Up" sessions at sports bars in different towns, where local fans will receive Expedia travel vouchers, team gear and travel supplies.

About Expedia
Expedia.com is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, resorts, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.

Expedia, Expedia.com and the Airplane logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. © 2012 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST: 2029030-50

Web site: http://www.expedia.com/ 

About StubHub
StubHub is the world's largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company's unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment.  All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the company's FanProtect Guarantee™.  Company partners include the New York Yankees, University of Texas, and FedEx Field, along with over 60 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA, complemented with companies such as ESPN, Tickets.com, and Paciolan.

StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit www.stubhub.com, www.twitter.com/stubhub or www.facebook.com/stubhub.

SOURCE Expedia, Inc.



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