Expedia.ca is Canada's Choice for Full Service Online Travel

Newly released Media Metrix report proves once again that Expedia.ca continues to be the preferred full service online travel agency for Canadians

TORONTO, May 9 /CNW/ - On the heels of Expedia, Inc.'s record-breaking earnings results, Expedia Canada Corp. has announced that it remains the favourite online full service travel destination for Canadians, according to a newly released Media Metrix Canada report. Soaring far above all other Canadian travel agency sites, Expedia.ca(TM) received more than 670,000 unique visitors in March 2002 (Home/Work Combined) - more than double any other full service travel site.

"We are delighted that Canadians continue to make Expedia.ca their number one full service online travel destination,"said Stuart MacDonald, Managing Director, Expedia Canada Corp."Our recent Ipsos-Reid survey confirms that Canadians are extremely adept at online travel, with 87 per cent anticipating to use the Internet to plan future vacations and 54 per cent indicating they will likely book online."

The March 2002 Media Metrix Canada Digital Media Audience Ratings Report showed Expedia.ca leading the way among full service Canadian travel agency sites. This marks the fifth consecutive month of leadership for Expedia.ca since Media Metrix Canada began reporting combined Home/Work ratings. MacDonald added,"We are dedicated to meeting our customers'every travel need, and the tremendous number of visitors in March to Expedia.ca indicates that we continue to succeed in offering what Canadians are looking for when planning and purchasing travel."

Expedia, Inc. recently released the company's record-breaking earnings results, with online bookings exceeding $USD 1 billion - the first online travel agency to reach this impressive quarterly milestone. Additionally, the company reported revenues of $USD 116 million, up 103 per cent year-over-year, and adjusted earnings of $USD 28.4 million.

Expedia.ca's continued success in attracting visitors can be attributed to an in-depth understanding of Canadian travellers'needs and the offering of innovative tools such as the recently launched Expedia(R) Holiday Maker. This proprietary feature makes it easy for travellers to custom-create and price their own perfect trip - with the bundling of airfare, hotel accommodation and airport transfers at one attractive price. The"build-your-own"service is the most flexible trip planning experience on or off the Web, with lodging options at more than 1,600 hotels and airfare to 370 destinations worldwide.

About Expedia Canada Corp.

Expedia Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), operates one of Canada's leading full service online travel agencies, Expedia.ca. To help Canadians plan and purchase travel, Expedia.ca provides the best combination of scheduled and charter flights, car and hotel reservations, vacation packages, destination and mapping information. Expedia.ca supports all major airline, hotel and car rental loyalty programs, enabling customers to automatically receive points from virtually any chosen travel partner when reserving through Expedia.ca.

Expedia.ca customers are supported by an audited privacy policy, and customer support agents available 24 hours a day/seven days a week via a toll free number and email response.

Expedia, Expedia.ca, and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada, the U.S., and/or other countries. Other products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Expedia Canada Corp.

Expedia Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), operates one of Canada's leading online travel stores, Expedia.ca. To help Canadians travel right, Expedia.ca provides the best combination of air, car and hotel booking, vacation packages offers, destination information, and point-to-point mapping.



Expedia.ca customers are supported by an audited privacy policy, and customer support agents available 24 hours a day/seven days a week via an 800 number and email response.

 


Expedia, Expedia.ca, and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada, the U.S., and/or other countries. Other products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Gillespie, Edelman Public Relations, (416) 979-1120 ext. 312, amy.gillespie@edelman.com

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