The logo for Expedia.com
|Web address||www.expedia.com (U.S.)
expedia.co.nz (New Zealand)
www.expedia.com.hk (Hong Kong)
www.expedia.com.tw (Taiwan) www.expedia.com.vn
Type of site
|Internet booking engine|
|487 (February 2015[update])|
Expedia is an online travel company initially launched in October 22, 1996 as the first Microsoft internet property. The idea came from going beyond content which was the standard at the time. The initial team was composed of Greg Slyngstad, Group Manager; Richard Barton, Group Product Manager; Soraya Bittencourt, Group Program Manager; and Byron Bishop, Group Developer Manager. In 2001, Bill Gates decided to spin off the property to become a public company and raise the financial portfolio of Microsoft. Rich Barton became its CEO and Lloyd Frink who used to work for Richard at Microsoft joined the now independent company. As an Internet-based travel website company with headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. It also has localized sites for 30 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, US, and Vietnam.
It books airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services via the World Wide Web and telephone travel agents. The site uses multiple global distribution systems like Amadeus or the Sabre reservation systems for flights and for hotels, Worldspan and Pegasus, along with its own hotel reservation system for contracted, bulk-rate reservations. This last is shared with other Expedia, Inc. sites.
Expedia was started by Microsoft and later spun off as a multi-billion dollar company because it was "no longer about software intensive technology" and they were "concerned that they would not do their best at this."
In 1999, Bill Gates named Richard Barton (founder of Zillow and Glassdoor) President and CEO of Expedia. Originally, Barton considered calling the company Microsoft Travel, however quickly departed from that name. Curious why he called it Expedia? The word Expedia is derived from a combination of “exploration and speed” and contains the high point scrabble letter "X." You can learn more about Expedia's brand etymology and history here.
In December 2010, listings for AMR Corporation, parent of American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines, were removed from Expedia's site. The decision resulted from a dispute over the degree of access to the site's customers. AMR reversed its decision in April 2011, allowing tickets to once again be sold through the aggregate site.
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