Expedia, Inc., the world's leading online travel service, today announced that the Curacao Tourist Board has selected Expedia(R) Travel's WWTE(R) private-label technology to power travel offerings on Curacao-Tourism.com. Travelers can now book a whole trip to the island on Curacao's official tourism Web site.
"Expedia Travel's WWTE technology is an ideal partner for Curacao because it enabled us to quickly respond to tourist demand for an easy way to book travel while researching information about the island on our site," said Jim Hepple, director of tourism at the Curacao Tourist Board. "We now provide a one-stop shop for booking vacations to the island, enabling travelers to experience the beauty and adventure they are reading about at Curacao-Tourism.com."
Expedia(R) Travel's WWTE private-label service provides online booking technology and inventory to third-party sites, enabling organizations such as the Curacao Tourist Board to boost the choices for people eager to visit the world's best destinations. With this agreement, travelers interested in booking vacation packages, hotels, flights, car, and destination activities can do it all on Curacao-Tourism.com.
"The Curacao Tourist Board is an important partner of Expedia(R), and this agreement embraces our long-standing mission of helping our partners fulfill their mission, in this case bringing travelers to Curacao," said Barney Harford, vice president of air, car, and private label at Expedia, Inc. "With WWTE's proven technology and deep inventory powering travel bookings on Curacao-Tourism.com, we look forward to continuing our support of the Board and its goal to boost tourism on the island."
About Curacao Tourist Board
Curacao is an island in the southern Caribbean some 45 miles north of the Venezuelan coast and some 60 miles to the east of Aruba. The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) is charged with marketing Curacao as a vacation destination and in 2003 the island received 221,000 stopover visitors and 278,000 cruise visitors. The number of stopover visitors has grown quite strongly in the last three years with American business up 36% since 2000. The island offers many attractions and beaches, and its capital city, Willemstad, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, one of just six in the Caribbean. Additional information about Curacao can be found at the CTB's official website, www.curacao-tourism.com.
WWTE, operated by Travelscape, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Expedia, Inc., provides private label booking solutions for travel suppliers looking to enhance their product offerings. The WWTE private label solution gives travel suppliers the ability to enhance their own Web sites with industry leading cross-sell and dynamic packaging solutions offering access to highly competitive travel products and services. Additional information about WWTE can be found at www.wwte.com. Expedia, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp
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