Expedia Corporate Travel to Launch Full-Service Travel Offering in Italy
06/23/2007|4:32:00 PM|Expedia
PARIS, LONDON, MUNICH, Germany, BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, June 21 Expedia® Corporate Travel (ECT), a full-service travel management company, today announced plans to launch service in Italy. Companies doing business in Italy will have access to fully localized service, content, language support and Web site providing a suite of online booking and travel management tools in Italian.

ECT also announced a partnership with L´ Orchidea Viaggi, an experienced Italian travel management company, to provide local fulfillment services. This partnership combined with its investment in the Italian market allows ECT to offer corporate clients doing business in Italy a consistent global experience, while also offering Italian clients seamless, world class corporate travel services.

"We continue to expand Expedia Corporate Travel´s global presence, ensuring we service each new market´s unique needs while maintaining a globally consistent, high level of service," said Christophe Pingard, vice president Europe, Expedia Corporate Travel. "Combining L´ Orchidea Viaggi´s local market knowledge and service expertise with Expedia Corporate Travel´s award-winning technology ensures that our customers will have the same consistent corporate travel management experience they have come to expect from us."

"L´Orchidea has worked with Expedia.it since 2004. The success of this relationship has enabled L´Orchidea to further expand this partnership to offer key fulfillment services to Expedia Corporate Travel in Italy," said Mr Gianfranco Mainardi, founder and president of L´Orchidea Viaggi.

Italy will be ECT´s fifth European point of sale, adding to its existing European presence in France, Germany, the UK and Belgium.