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Expedia.com Launches Online Resource Center to Provide Travelers with Stress-Free All-Inclusive Vacation Ideas
Research Reveals That the Pressure to Have the Perfect Vacation Brings Stress to 70 Percent of U.S. Adults
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BELLEVUE, Wash.

Expedia.com(R), the world's leading online travel service, recently launched a new online resource center that provides travelers with deals, information, and benefits of all-inclusive resort vacations. According to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive(R), this trip planning resource comes just in time: 70 percent of U.S. adults admit to feeling stressed about vacationing and 33 percent attribute this stress specifically to exceeding their vacation budget. All-inclusive resorts are a great option for these travelers because they typically include meals, beverages, entertainment and sometimes more within the price of the room, helping to alleviate any overspending concerns while on vacation. To find out more about all-inclusive resorts, visit www.expedia.com/allinclusive.

"It's rather ironic that people often take a vacation to get away from their day-to-day tensions, yet still manage to get stressed out while they're on their trip," comments Kari Swartz, Expedia.com travel expert. "A frequent source of vacation stress is budget: 90 percent of U.S. adults go over budget once they're on vacation, with about 57 percent overspending specifically on food and drinks. All-inclusive resorts are a great option for these people, as gourmet meals and premium beverages are typically included with the room price. Also, entertainment and activities and sometimes even childcare are usually included at these resorts, allowing you to actually sit back and relax -- which is what vacationing is all about."

Having all of your vacation needs and desired amenities included in one upfront price is very appealing to many travelers. In fact, 34 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they'd stay at an all-inclusive resort for their next getaway primarily because of the convenience; while 26 percent said they'd choose this kind of vacation so they wouldn't have to worry about overspending on food and drinks.

The exotic locations of many all-inclusive resorts and the ability to find tailored vacations for families, singles, couples, and adventure seekers also topped the list of reasons why travelers would opt for an all-inclusive vacation. The survey showed that 42 percent of adults are most likely to choose an all-inclusive for family trips, 41 percent said they would go this route if planning a warm weather getaway, and 38 percent would choose an all-inclusive resort for a romantic vacation.

Expedia's new online resource center helps travelers better understand and evaluate all-inclusive resorts for their next vacation. Travelers can find resort spotlights, view top destinations for all-inclusive experiences, and see the different categories of resorts that are available to them. In addition, the new resource center is a great place to find the latest all-inclusive deals and promotions, including the following:

  -- Family time in Cancun:  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort - 4 stars -
     4 nights hotel + air from Miami from $974. Hotel only starting from
     $333/night.
  -- Luxurious getaway to Riviera Maya:  Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun -
     4.5 stars - 4 nights hotel + air from New York City from $1,104. Hotel
     only starting from $331/night.
  -- Honeymoon heaven in Jamaica:  Couples Negril - 4 stars - 7 nights hotel
     + air from Houston from $1,687. Includes free half-hour his/hers
     massage and champagne for honeymooners. Hotel only starting from
     $380/night.
  -- Kid Time to play, parent time to relax:  Beaches Turks and Caicos -
     4 nights hotel + air from New York City from $1,490. Hotel only
     starting from $510/night.

  About Expedia, Inc.

Expedia, Inc. is the world's leading online travel service and the fourth largest travel agency in the United States. 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

Survey Methodology

Harris Interactive(R) fielded the survey, via its QuickQuery(SM) online omnibus, on behalf of Expedia. This online study was conducted among a nationwide sample of 2,580 U.S. adults comprising 1,184 men and 1,396 women 18 years of age or older. The data were weighted to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity and propensity to be online. Interviewing for this omnibus survey was completed between March 14 and March 16, 2005. The sampling error for the total sample is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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 product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Sample prices shown are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices vary by date and availability. All offers are subject to availability at time of booking and may be changed or discontinued without notice. Blackout dates, minimum night stays, seasonal surcharges, taxes, resort fees (if any) and other restrictions may apply. Pricing may include exchange rate variances. Sample pricing is valid as of March 28, 2005.

SOURCE: Expedia, Inc.

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