Maximize Experience, Minimize Impact by Travelling Green with Expedia.ca

-- Leading Canadian online travel service offers carbon offsets, eco-friendly hotels and tips for responsible travel--

TORONTO, ON – August 7, 2008 – Canadians booking on Expedia.ca™ have always had the world at their fingertips, and now the country’s leading online travel service offers eco-conscious travellers a variety of sustainable travel options. A visit to www.expedia.ca/green gives travellers several options for ecotourism, including the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint during adventures across the country or globe. The Expedia.ca green page also highlights pioneering hotels around the world that feature environmentally-friendly services and gives travellers pointers on responsible travel.

Reducing Carbon Footprint
As Canadians are becoming more concerned with environmental issues, sustainability is helping to change the travel industry with greener options for travel. By partnering with TerraPass, Expedia.ca customers can now balance the effect of air travel by purchasing carbon offsets that fund carbon reduction initiatives. TerraPass offsets can be purchased based on flight distance – whether short distance, cross-country or international – to fund carbon reduction projects such as wind farms for clean energy, farm power to capture and destroy methane and landfill gas capture projects.

Starting August 7, 2008, Expedia.ca is proud to partner with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Canadian-based, non-partisan charitable organization promoting change towards global sustainable development. A portion of profit margins for each TerraPass carbon offset purchased on Expedia.ca will support IISD’s work towards a low-carbon energy future and managing the effects of climate change.

Eco-friendly Hotels
Looking to enjoy hotels that offer sustainable and environmentally-friendly services, without forgoing a luxury experience? Expedia.ca customers can now search, browse and compare a comprehensive list of green hotels around the world to help them travel in green style. A complete and updated list of hotels that comply with new standardized global criteria set by the Global Baseline for Sustainable Tourism will be available in October 2008.

Tips for Responsible Travel
To further enable Canadians to maximize their vacation experiences while minimizing their environmental impact, Expedia.ca has a number of tips available at www.expedia.ca/green. From seeking alternative transportation options to respecting the natural environment of each destination, these Expedia.ca tips help travellers ensure they are travelling green before, during and after their trip.

About Expedia.ca
Expedia, Inc. operates Canada’s most visited full-service online travel service, Expedia.ca™. To help Canadians plan and book travel, Expedia.ca provides the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation packages, destination activities, cruises, trip insurance and traveller-authored content. Expedia.ca customers are supported by customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a toll-free number and email response.

Expedia.ca, Expedia and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.
© 2008 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

About IISD
Established in 1990, the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s corporate vision is “Better living for all, sustainably.” With offices in Winnipeg, Ottawa, New York and Geneva, IISD is respected by international sustainability experts who rank the Institute as the most effective sustainable development research organization in the world. To learn more about IISD’s worldwide work, visit www.iisd.org and www.iisd.ca


 

For more information or to schedule an interview with Sean Shannon from Expedia.ca, please contact:

Noor Marzook / Melissa Legaspi
Edelman
416.979.1120 x 239 / 272
noor.marzook@edelman.com / melissa.legaspi@edelman.com

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