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Expedia and Hotels.com Add Joie de Vivre Hospitality to Growing List of Premium, Boutique Properties
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia.com(R) and Hotels.com announced today they have signed a new agreement with Joie de Vivre Hospitality, solidifying the commitment to making high-quality, distinctive properties available to customers shopping for lodging at Expedia.com and Hotels.com.

As part of the agreement, Joie de Vivre Hospitality will be able to market to the nearly 30 million customers looking for hotel rooms on Expedia.com and Hotels.com each month. In turn, Joie de Vivre will give travelers access to rooms at its unique Northern California properties through the hotel and vacation package offerings on Expedia.com and Hotels.com.

"Making our rooms available on Expedia is a tremendous way to reach travelers," said Chip Conley, chief executive officer of Joie de Vivre Hospitality. "This lets our guests decide where they want to research and book travel."

Joie de Vivre operates 25 boutique hotels and a day spa. The hotels represent a total of 2,213 rooms and include seven distinctive restaurants and bars. Each property has been carefully designed to celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area through its unique visual style, high design principles, one-of-a- kind amenities and personalized service.

"With this agreement, Expedia, Hotels.com and Joie de Vivre Hospitality have made great strides to create an offering that benefits each property and consumers," said Lloyd Frink, senior vice president of hotels at Expedia, Inc. "The properties included in this agreement are highly regarded and this exciting relationship will allow us to better meet our travelers' needs. The decision to join our network of high quality hoteliers is further evidence of the value that Expedia.com and Hotels.com bring to hotels."

About Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Based in San Francisco, Joie de Vivre Hospitality (http://www.jdvhospitality.com/) is a creative collection of lifestyle businesses. As the Bay Area's fastest growing independent hospitality company, the Joie de Vivre portfolio features 25 boutique hotels and one-day spa. Some of the company's hotels include the newly-opened Hotel Adagio, the recently- renovated Hotel Rex, and the Hotel Carlton which is reopening this spring after a $5 million renovation. Joie de Vivre is opening the historic Hotel Montgomery in downtown San Jose in June and its flagship Hotel Vitale on San Francisco Bay next winter.

About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the U.S. Expedia's award-winning Expert Searching and Pricing (ESP) technology delivers the most comprehensive flight options available online. ESP also allows customers to dynamically build complete trips that combine flights, Expedia(R) Special Rate hotels and other lodging, ground transportation, and destination activities. Expedia operates Classic Custom Vacations(R), a leading distributor of premiere vacation packages to destinations such as Hawaii, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean; and Expedia(R) Corporate Travel, a full-service corporate travel agency. Expedia, Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Travelscape, Inc., operates WWTE(TM), bringing complementary cross-sell and dynamic packaging booking functionality to third parties on a private-label basis. Expedia can be found at www.expedia.com Expedia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp . CST: 2029030-40

Expedia, Expedia.com, and the airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the United States, Canada and/or other countries. Other products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Expedia, Inc.

CONTACT: Rory J. O'Connor or Kim Coutts, both of Fleishman-Hillard,
+1-415-318-4004 or expediapr@fleishman.com, for Expedia