BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE - News), the world's leading online travel company, today announced it has signed a strategic partnership with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
Wednesday February 14, 7:45 pm ET BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE - News), the world´s leading online travel company, today announced it has signed a strategic partnership with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. The new relationship increases the breadth of offerings on Expedia.com®, hotels.com® and all Expedia® points of sale worldwide by providing access to Shangri-La´s distinctive hotels and resorts.
"Shangri-La hotels & resorts are synonymous with luxury and personalized care," said Cameron Jones, regional director of Expedia Asia Pacific. "Expedia is excited to offer our customers increased access to Shangri-La properties while working closely with Shangri-La to enhance and extend its brand across all of our points-of-sale."
The new agreement expands upon Expedia´s industry-leading hotel selection in the rapidly growing Asia Pacific market and helps ensure customers receive the best rates at the hotel of their choice. As part of the agreement, Shangri-La gains access to marketing and merchandising opportunities across all Expedia brands while benefiting from exposure to the more than 60 million unique monthly visitors worldwide to Expedia, Inc.´s Web sites.
"Providing access to our hotel portfolio across Expedia, Inc.´s sites delivers additional convenience for our guests without sacrificing the personal touch and superior service they have come to expect from Shangri-La," said Martin F. Waechter, chief marketing officer of Shangri-La.
About Expedia Partner Services Group Expedia Partner Services Group offers its supplier partners choice, seamless coordination and complete access to our vast traveler base. The formation of the Partner Services Group is a testament of Expedia´s commitment to continually refine the way we conduct business by seeking our suppliers´ input and customizing our services to meet their needs.
About Expedia, Inc. Expedia, Inc. is the world´s leading online travel company, empowering business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to easily research, plan, book, and experience travel. Expedia, Inc. also provides wholesale travel to offline retail travel agents. Expedia, Inc.´s portfolio of brands includes: Expedia.com®, hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Expedia® Corporate Travel, TripAdvisor® and Classic Vacations®. Expedia, Inc.´s companies also operate internationally with sites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, Japan and China, through its investment in eLong(TM). For more information, visit http://www.expediainc.com/.
About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific´s leading luxury hotel group, currently manages 50 hotels under the five-star Shangri-La and four-star Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 24,000. The group has over 40 projects under development in Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan, Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.