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Expedia's WWTE Technology Enables Online Vacation Package Booking for Omni Hotels
Omni Hotels Aims to Increase Customer Loyalty and Drive Additional Revenue Through Expanded Travel Services Powered by WWTE
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia, Inc. today announced that its WWTE(TM) technology now powers vacation package bookings for Omni Hotels via www.omnihotels.com. With WWTE, Omni Hotels boosts its customers' ability to book a complete vacation package at any of its 40 luxury hotels and resorts directly on the hotel's Web site.

"Omni Hotels has a mission to constantly exceed our guests' expectations through innovative offerings," said Tom Chevins, Omni Hotels' senior vice president of marketing and sales. "With WWTE powering a full range of vacation options, we provide our customers a variety of alternatives and a more engaging experience on our site, which we believe will increase brand loyalty while contributing to our bottom line."

The WWTE private-label service enables Expedia(R)'s suppliers to provide flexible packages on their branded direct Web sites for a fraction of the time and cost of building these services internally. This agreement strengthens the lodging, airfare, and car rental capabilities already available on omnihotels.com and adds in-destination activities such as snorkeling, tours, and dinner reservations, making omnihotels.com a full-service travel site.

"WWTE provides an efficient means for our suppliers to grow closer to their loyal customer base as they expand their online travel offerings," said Tony Gonchar, vice president, private label at Expedia, Inc. "Now Omni Hotels guests have more choices, and Omni Hotels has the opportunity to convert that experience into long-term brand loyalty. WWTE is just another example of the commitment Expedia is making to its suppliers by investing in a complete travel solution that helps them grow and thrive in today's increasingly competitive marketplace."

About Omni Hotels

Based in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, Omni Hotels offers luxury accommodations and exceptional personalized service that's surprisingly sensible at 40 hotels and resorts in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Their hotels provide four-diamond services, including exquisite décor, gourmet dining, free wireless and high-speed Internet connectivity, an airline miles program, the Select Guest loyalty program, on-site business and fitness centers, in-room treadmills, as well as the award-winning Omni Kids program. Through an aggressive growth strategy, Omni Hotels is steadily expanding existing properties and entering new markets across North America. Guests can locate hotels, book accommodations or learn more about Omni Hotels at omnihotels.com or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

About WWTE

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 an operating company of IAC/InterActiveCorp . CST: 2029030-40

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.

CONTACT: Al de Leon of Fleishman-Hillard, +1-415-318-4004, or
expediapr@fleishman.com, for Expedia, Inc.