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Expedia's WWTE Technology Selected by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts' Online Vacation Packages
WWTE Continues to Build Momentum in Asia Pacific Market With First Local Hotel Partner
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia, Inc. today announced that Expedia's(R) WWTE(TM) private-label technology has been chosen by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to offer flights, car rentals, vacation packages and destination activities to customers shopping on http://www.shangri-la.com/ . Shangri-La, the leading luxury hotel group in Asia Pacific, is WWTE's first hotel partner in the region.

With headquarters in Hong Kong, Shangri-La manages 45 properties under the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and Traders Hotels brands in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

"Shangri-La prides itself on providing the finest in Asian hospitality and service," said Michael Leong, director of corporate e-business of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. "With WWTE powering packages and other offerings on www.shangri-la.com, we've made it easy for our customers to find and book a full range of customized travel options and create the perfect luxury trip. This expansion of our online services complements Shangri-La's continued growth strategy with new properties throughout mainland China, Canada and other countries."

The WWTE private-label service enables Expedia's supplier partners to increase customer loyalty and provide value through the flexibility of dynamic packaging. With this agreement, Shangri-La customers can now choose from travel services available through Expedia, such as flights, car rentals, destination activities, and packages including a stay at a Shangri-La property -- all in one convenient location online.

"We're delighted that Shangri-La has selected WWTE to power its dynamic packaging offering, bringing the power of Expedia's technology to the Shangri-La Web site," said Barney Harford, president, Expedia Asia Pacific. "Now customers can tailor their own vacations online at Shangri-La.com, choosing not only their hotel but also their flights, car rentals, and a range of exciting destination activities -- from a romantic sunset helicopter flight over Australia's Sydney Harbour to a demonstration of how to slice Peking Duck and an acrobatic performance in Beijing."

About Shangri-La Hotels

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently manages 45 hotels under the Shangri-La and Traders Hotels brands, in Australia, mainland China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates with a rooms inventory of over 21,000. In addition, the group has over 20 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Qatar and Thailand. For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website www.shangri-la.com.

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 http://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