Global Online Travel Leader Expedia Adding 130 Jobs to Las Vegas Office

Local Expansion due to Nevada's Favorable Business Climate, Incentives Provided by Federal HIRE Act, Officials Say

Jun 18, 2010, 16:13 ET from Expedia, Inc.

LAS VEGAS, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia, Inc., the world's largest online travel company, today announced they will add 130 new jobs to the online travel company's Las Vegas operations by month's end, bringing the local office total to 500 employees.  Las Vegas is home to a number of operational functions serving a number of the company's travel brands, including Expedia.com, Hotels.com and Egencia. The company will host an open house in late June to celebrate the expansion and provide tours to several local elected officials and community leaders.

"Expedia has long been a partner of the Las Vegas travel and tourism industry, and we are pleased to be able to add jobs in this community," said Michael Reichartz, Las Vegas-based vice president of market management for Expedia.  "This expansion means new jobs for 130 Nevadans and we are hopeful for further growth, which is always something to celebrate.  We applaud Senator Reid for his leadership in passing the HIRE Act, which has assisted us with this expansion."

"Extending our service network into Las Vegas is a key part of our strategy and ability to support clients worldwide," said Noah Tratt, vice president, Egencia Americas. "Egencia has been pleased with the wealth of talent and experience in Nevada.  We are looking forward to expanding our service center here and bringing jobs to the area."

Expedia officials said the company will benefit from incentives provided by the federal "Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act," which was designed to create or restore employment to previously unemployed individuals.

The new jobs, mostly travel agents and support staff, will serve Egencia operations, the corporate travel arm of Expedia that services corporate travel accounts for companies globally.  Other operations at the Las Vegas office include telesales, customer support and additional functions.  Expedia's Las Vegas office is located at 10190 Covington Cross Drive in Summerlin.

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)

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