Expedia and Kempinski Hotels Sign Global Partnership Agreement

By Expedia Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BELLEVUE, Washington and GENEVA, June 23, 2011 -

- Online travel
leader extends the reach of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group to
millions of travellers worldwide

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world’s largest online travel
company, today announced a new multi-year, global partnership
agreement with Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest independent luxury
hotel group. This agreement strengthens the long-standing
relationship between Expedia and Kempinski, whose more than 60
luxury properties will be made available on the more than 100
Expedia® and Hotels.com® travel bookings sites worldwide, as well
as through Egencia, Hotwire and over 10,000 Expedia Affiliate
Network sites.

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“We value the outstanding marketing support and international
reach we achieve by working with Expedia,” said Juerg Siegenthaler,
SVP sales and marketing, Kempinski Hotels. “Expedia’s global
footprint and audience of more than 50 million travellers every
month make it our OTA of choice for growing our business on a
global scale.”

“Our partnership with Kempinski Hotels truly enhances our luxury
lodging offerings in exotic destinations like Dubai, Bangkok and
Jakarta,” said Melissa Maher, vice president of global strategic
accounts for Expedia, Inc. “We are pleased to support Kempinski
with innovative marketing and distribution strategies that will
help them advance their business objectives.”

Kempinski Hotels operates five-star luxury hotels in Europe,
Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The hotel company expects to open
over 40 new properties by 2015.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel
company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that
includes more than 100 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 Group 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

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 100
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 Kempinski Hotels

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury
hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal
service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity
and individuality of its properties.  Kempinski now comprises
a portfolio of 64 five-star hotels in 28 countries and continues to
add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand
without losing sight of its heritage.  The portfolio comprises
historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels,
outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues
the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while
embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a
founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA): the world’s
largest alliance of independent hotels.

Expedia is either a registered trademark or trademark of
Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Hotels.com is
either a registered trademark or trademark of Hotels.com, LP.
 Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may
be the property of their respective owners.
© 2011 Expedia,
Inc.  All rights reserved.  CST: 2029030-50

Expedia, Inc. Public Relations, +1-425-679-4317, press at expedia.com, www.expediainc.com; or Ursula von Platen, Regional Director of PR UK & Ireland of Kempinski Hotels, +44-20-7518-1122, mobile +44-7798-610-291, ursula.vonplaten at kempinski.com, www.kempinski.com/press

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