Expedia Group

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Expedia Group, Inc.
IndustryTravel technology
PredecessorLiberty Expedia Holdings
FoundedOctober 22, 1996; 24 years ago (1996-10-22) (as a division of Microsoft)
FounderRich Barton
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Peter Kern (CEO)
RevenueDecrease US$4.24 billion (FY 2020)[1]
Increase US$903 million (2019)[1]
Increase US$565 million (2019)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$21.42 billion (2019)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$6.129 billion (2017)
Number of employees
~24,500 (December 2018)[2]

Expedia Group, Inc. is an American online travel shopping company for consumer and small business travel.[3] Its websites, which are primarily travel fare aggregators and travel metasearch engines, include Expedia.com, Vrbo (previously HomeAway), Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, trivago and CarRentals.com.[4]

According to Rich Barton, the company's first CEO, the word "Expedia" is derived from a combination of "exploration" and "speed".[5]


Founded as a division of Microsoft in October 1996,[6] Expedia was spun off into a public company in 1999.[7]

In 2001, IAC/InterActiveCorp (known at the time as USA Networks Inc) bought a controlling interest in the company for an estimated $1.5 billion.[8]

In 2003, it was fully purchased by IAC/InterActiveCorp and became part of IAC Travel.[9] Rich Barton resigned as CEO and was replaced by Erik Blachford.

In December 2004, IAC announced plans to spin off IAC Travel into Expedia. Dara Khosrowshahi was announced as the new CEO.

In August 2005, IAC spun off Expedia Inc., which owned its travel group of businesses, including Expedia, Expedia Corporate Travel (now Egencia), TripAdvisor, Classic Vacations, eLong, Hotels.com, and Hotwire.com.[10]

In December 2011, Expedia, Inc. spun out TripAdvisor Media Group, retaining its portfolio of travel transaction brands.[11]

On December 21, 2012, Expedia bought a majority stake in travel metasearch engine Trivago in a combined cash and stock deal worth €477 million (approximately $630 million).[12]

In 2012, Expedia's Egencia unit acquired Via Travel, the largest travel company in Norway.[13]

In 2012, Expedia's acquired Travel Dream Vacation, the travel company in Mexico for $200 million.

In 2014, Expedia acquired Wotif.com for $658 million.[14]

In September 2014, Expedia Inc. partnered with Citigroup and created the Expedia+ card whose members can earn bonus points and earn benefits and priority customer service through the website.[15]

In January 2015, Expedia acquired Travelocity from Sabre Corp for $280 million. Expedia previously partnered with Travelocity to provide the technology platform for Travelocity's US and Canada points of sale.[16]

In 2015, Expedia acquired Orbitz for $1.6 billion in cash.[17]

In February 2015, the company announced it would be moving its headquarters to Seattle.[18] The relocation to Seattle is currently scheduled for 2019.[19]

Panoramic view of Expedia's Seattle campus under construction, 2019.

In July 2015, Expedia and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com participated in an investment of $11M in Wingz.[20]

In 2015, Expedia bought HomeAway for $3.9 billion.[21]

In March 2017, Chelsea Clinton was named to the board of Expedia. In her newly named position, Ms. Clinton will get $45,000 a year in cash, plus $250,000 a year in stock vesting over three years.[22]

In August 2017, Mark Okerstrom became the President and CEO of Expedia, Inc.[23]

In March 2018, Expedia, Inc. announced that it had changed its name to Expedia Group, Inc.[24]

On Dec. 4, 2019, Mark Okerstrom and Alan Pickerill resigned as CEO and CFO, respectively. At that time, Expedia Group's chairman, Barry Diller, took over day-to-day operations, while the Chief Strategy Officer, Eric Hart, became acting CFO.[25]

In February, 2020, Expedia announced it was cutting 3,000 jobs, roughly 12% of the workforce, citing a "disappointing 2019." Diller, in his role as acting CEO, stated the company had become “sclerotic and bloated” and that employees were “all life and no work.”[26]

On 23 April 2020, Peter Kern was appointed as CEO of Expedia Group.

On 1 March 2021, Najafi Companies acquired Classic Vacations - the website, brand and employees from Expedia Group. The transfer of the ownership of Classic Vacations will be complete by April 2, 2021.[27]

Mergers and acquisitions[edit]

Expedia's first acquisition was Travelscape for US$89.75 million and VacationSpot.com for US$80 million on March 17, 2000. It subsequently acquired Classic Custom Vacations in March 2002 for $78 million. The company has made four divestments, in which parts of the company are sold to another company. On December 31, 2000, Technology Crossover Ventures acquired a 7% minority stake in Expedia for $50 million. IAC acquired a 65% majority stake in the company on February 5, 2002, for $1.372 billion, and a year later, on August 8, 2003, USA Interactive acquired Expedia for $3.636 billion. Expedia was ultimately spun off as a separate entity with a value of $7.981 billion. The company made the most acquisitions in 2002 when it acquired three companies: Classic Custom Vacations, Metropolitan Travel, and Newtrade Technologies.[28]

In January 2015, Expedia acquired the online travel agency Travelocity from the tech firm Sabre Corporation for $280 million.[29]


Date Company Business Country Value (USD) References
March 17, 2000 Travelscape Internet service provider  United States $89,750,000 [30]
March 17, 2001 Vacationspot Internet service provider  United States $70,850,000 [31]
March 11, 2002 Classic Custom Vacations[note 1] Travel agency  United States $78,000,000 [32]
July 11, 2002 Metropolitan Travel Travel agency  United States [33]
October 28, 2002 Newtrade Technologies Reservation software  Canada [34]
April 5, 2004 Activity World Travel and touring  United States [35]
April 12, 2004 Egencia Travel agency  France [36]
July 15, 2008 Venere.com Hotel Booking Engine  Italy 200,000,000 [37]
October 18, 2010 Mobiata Mobile App Developer  United States [38]
April 27, 2012 VIA Travel Travel Management Company  Norway [39]
March 12, 2013 trivago GmbH Hotel Metasearch Engine  Germany $564,000,000 [40]
July 6, 2014 Wotif Travel Agency  Australia $657,000,000 [41]
January 23, 2015 Travelocity Travel Agency  United States $280,000,000 [42]
September 17, 2015 Orbitz Travel Agency  United States $1.6×10^9 [43]
November 4, 2015 HomeAway Holiday Rental Service  United States $3.9×10^9 [44]
October 25, 2018 Pillow Short-Term Rental Management  United States [45]
October 25, 2018 ApartmentJet Short-Term Rental Management  United States [46]
August 22, 2019 CanadaStays Holiday Rental Service  Canada [47]


Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value (USD) References
December 31, 2000 Technology Crossover Ventures Expedia, Inc.[note 2] Online travel  United States $50,000,000 [48]
February 5, 2002 USA Networks Expedia, Inc.[note 3] Online travel  United States $1.372×10^9 [49]
August 8, 2003 USA Interactive Expedia, Inc.[note 4] Online travel  United States $3.636×10^9 [50]
August 9, 2018 IAC/InterActiveCorp Expedia Inc.[note 5] Online travel  United States $7.981×10^9 [51]
April 10, 2005 Eviivo RezOvation and Webervations. Reservation platforms  United Kingdom Unknown [52]

South Carolina sales tax suit[edit]

On January 18, 2011, Travelscape, a subsidiary of Expedia Inc. based in Las Vegas, was ordered to pay $6.3 million in back sales taxes to South Carolina by the state's supreme court. Travelscape argued that South Carolina's efforts to tax online retailers located out-of-state violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. In a unanimous ruling, the court determined that the company has a presence in the state sufficient to be required to collect sales tax. While Travelscape does not have physical facilities in South Carolina, the court determined that frequent sales trips made by its employees and the fact that the company furnished hotel rooms in the state establish its presence for tax purposes.[53]

Office locations[edit]

Expedia Group has its headquarters on Elliott Bay in Seattle.

On April 2, 2015, Expedia announced that it would move its headquarters to the Interbay neighborhood of Seattle by the end of 2018, purchasing the Amgen campus on the Elliott Bay waterfront for $228.9 million.[54] As part of the move, Expedia is proposing an expansion of office space at the 41-acre (17 ha) campus to 1.23 million square feet (114,000 m2) to accommodate employees, designed by ZGF Architects.[55][56]

The move was later delayed to 2019, citing some logistical hurdles including the commute from the Eastside to Seattle as well as traffic congestion near the campus.[57] Incentives for employees to seek alternative forms of transportation were also announced, with the company exploring company shuttle services from park and rides in Redmond.[58]

In addition to the campus, Expedia gained ownership of the Helix bridge, now named Expedia Group Bridge, and a plot of land now used as a transportation hub for Expedia employees.


In 2008, CNN Money ranked Expedia third in the "Internet Services and Retailing" sector of its list of most admired companies in the United States.[59]


Involvement in Israeli settlements[edit]

On 12 February 2020, the United Nations published a database of all business enterprises involved in certain specified activities related to the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Golan Heights.[60][61] Expedia Group has been listed on the database in light of its involvement in activities related to "the provision of services and utilities supporting the maintenance and existence of settlements".[60][61] The international community considers Israeli settlements built on land occupied by Israel to be in violation of international law.[62][63][64]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Classic Custom Vacations was acquired from Global Vacation Group.
  2. ^ Technology Crossover Ventures acquired a 7% minority stake in Expedia Inc.
  3. ^ USA Networks acquired a 65% majority stake of Expedia Inc.
  4. ^ USA Interactive acquired remaining interests in Expedia Inc.
  5. ^ IAC/InterActiveCorp spun off Expedia Inc.


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