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Expedia.com Recognized for Its Contribution to the Tourism Industry
Expedia.com Receives Award From the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and the United States Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association

Expedia.com(R), the world's leading online travel service, announced that it has received an award from USVI Department of Tourism and the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association because of its contribution to hotel bookings in the islands. Expedia(R) was recognized in a ceremony in early April for being the largest online distributor for hotels in the islands, having booked more room nights in the US Virgin Islands than any other online travel service.

"We are pleased to receive this recognition from our partners in the Caribbean," noted Laura Veglia, regional director for Expedia. "We have worked very closely with our hotel and other partners in the Caribbean region to actively promote their products to shoppers on our sites to ensure their success. Clearly that effort is resonating with consumers as well since we have been successful driving more bookings in the US Virgin Islands than any other online travel service."

"Expedia has shown a great commitment to the tourism industry in the US Virgin Islands," said Beverly Nicholson, president of the USVI Hotel and Tourism Assocation. "This is the second time Expedia has been recognized for its contributions, further evidence that the work they do on behalf of our hoteliers to help actively promote their properties has paid off, to the benefit of both the USVI hotels and Expedia."

Nearly 20 million people come to Expedia's sites around the world each month looking for travel options, providing an enormous marketplace for hoteliers to promote their properties.

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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

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