Expedia and Marriott renew partnership
November 06, 2008: Expedia and Marriott International announced a new multi-year agreement that extends one of the longest running strategic relationships in the online travel industry.
“The success of our relationship with Marriott is a perfect example of Expedia’s commitment to the business of our partners, both in the short and long term,” said Melissa Maher, vice president of hotel strategic accounts, Expedia. “This new agreement with Marriott builds on our long history of flexible, collaborative agreements that meet the unique needs of each of our supply partners.”
“Renewing this strategic relationship with Expedia gives us valuable exposure and distribution in the leisure market across the globe, by virtue of Expedia’s size and global brand presence,” said Larraine Voll Morris, vice president, eDistribution, Marriott. “We are pleased to continue this beneficial relationship.”
This longstanding business arrangement gives Marriott properties access to Expedia’s extensive targeted promotional and merchandising opportunities to reach travelers throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Marriott’s properties also benefit from direct access to Expedia’s global travel marketplace through ExpediaConnect, the technology solution for chain hotels to connect directly into Expedia’s global marketplace.
Marriott properties are consistently among the highest rated in the world by Expedia customers. In 2008 alone, 90 Marriott-branded properties were recognized on the Expedia Insiders’ Select list, a ranking of the world’s best hotels.