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Kimpton Hotels Expands Travel Offerings on Expedia.com and Hotels.com
Expedia's WWTE Private Label Service Also to Power Online Air, Car and Package Bookings
PRNewswire
BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia.com(R) and Hotels.com(TM) announced today an expanded partnership with Kimpton Hotels that provides greater online access to three dozen unique Kimpton properties in the U.S. and Canada for customers of Expedia(R) and Hotels.com.

The new agreement with Kimpton also includes Expedia's WWTE(TM) private label service, which will now power air, car and package bookings at www.kimptonhotelscom.

"Kimpton Hotels is known for its unique offering of luxury in a boutique hotel setting, and customers of Expedia and Hotels.com will benefit from this enhanced relationship," said Lloyd Frink, senior vice president of supplier relations at Expedia and Hotels.com. "We are pleased to provide greater access to the distinct properties in Kimpton's portfolio, including the acclaimed Hotel Monaco brand."

Kimpton Hotels can now easily and cost effectively market its distinctive, luxury properties to 30 million motivated travelers shopping on Expedia and Hotels.com for everything from one night away to a whole trip that includes airfare, a car and dinner at one of Kimpton's celebrated destination restaurants.

"Our properties appeal to a wide variety of travelers, and Expedia and Hotels.com have been very effective at connecting us with new customers, many of whom go on to become repeat visitors," said Jimmy Suh, vice president of Kimpton Hotels. "Now with WWTE powering our site, we can offer a wealth of travel reservation options that would have been difficult to create on our own, while maintaining and building our brand."

Expedia's WWTE technology will provide visitors to the Kimpton Hotels Web site with access to everything they need to plan and book a complete vacation: air, car rental, and destination services including ground transportation and dinner cruises. By partnering with WWTE, Kimpton can cost effectively provide its customers with a reliable and easy way to book a whole trip while maintaining consistent branding across its Internet properties.

About Kimpton Hotels

Over the past 20 years, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has grown to include 38 hotels and 34 restaurants in San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Denver and Aspen, Colo.; Chicago; Cambridge and Boston, Mass.; Salt Lake City; Washington, D.C.; Whistler and Vancouver in British Columbia. In each location, the combination of boutique, four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven to be a great success.

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 services and activities. Expedia's quality and leadership have been recognized in awards such as PC Magazine's "Editors' Choice" and Forbes "Favorite General Travel Site." Expedia is an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp . CST: 2029030-40

About Hotels.com

Hotels.com is the largest specialized provider of discount lodging worldwide, providing service through its own websites (including http://www.hotels.com/ and others), thousands of affiliated websites, and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). Hotels.com provides accommodations to travelers at over 10,000 properties in more than 400 markets in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. The company offers a one-stop shopping source for hotel pricing, amenities and availability, and also specializes in providing travelers with accommodations for sold-out periods. Hotels.com is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp .

NOTE: 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.

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