Expedia Canada Corp. Launches Expedia Holiday Maker
Expedia.ca gives Canadians even more convenience, value and flexibility in creating their perfect trip
TORONTO, ON - February 27, 2002 - Expedia Canada Corp., operator of Expedia.ca™, one of Canada's leading online travel agencies, today announced the launch of Expedia® Holiday Maker on its full service travel site. This powerful 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.
"Our recent Ipsos-Reid travel survey confirmed that 81 per cent of urban Canadians polled prefer to have flexibility and options when planning and booking pay-one-price vacations. And our new service fits the bill perfectly," said Stuart MacDonald, Managing Director, Expedia Canada Corp. "Expedia Holiday Maker puts individual travellers in charge of planning and customizing their own vacation."
According to an Expedia Canada Corp./Ipsos-Reid study, 89 per cent of Canadians surveyed in seven of Canada's major markets plan to take a pleasure vacation in 2002, and today's launch of Expedia Holiday Maker gives travellers all the tools they need to plan and purchase their perfect vacation.
Expedia Holiday Maker allows travellers to create and book customized, affordable hotel and air bundles with easy-to-follow steps. This dynamic new "build-your-own" service is the most flexible trip planning experience on or off the Web, with lodging options at more than 6,000 hotels and flights to 370 destinations worldwide. By purchasing an Expedia Holiday Maker vacation, Canadian travellers can often save significantly more money than they could by booking air and hotel separately.
Selecting the Perfect Vacation
To design an Expedia Holiday Maker vacation, customers click on the packages tab at www.expedia.ca and enter travel information such as destination, travel dates and number of travellers. In a single step, Expedia.ca will provide an "on the fly" bundle of air, transfer and hotel combinations, matching the customers' preferences and displayed with one affordable price. But the options don't end there. Travellers can change trip components easily, exploring different hotels, types of rooms, meal plans and various flight itineraries for their vacation. The final price shown includes all taxes and surcharges and is presented in Canadian dollars.
Examples of available Expedia Holiday Maker vacations on Expedia.ca*:
- 7 nights at the 4-star Westin Regina Resort, Cancun: Cdn $1601.13 return departing from Toronto
- 3 nights at the 4-star Mirage Resort and Casino, Las Vegas: Cdn $1271.97 return departing from Calgary
- 5 nights at the 2-star Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Honolulu : Cdn $1323.58 return departing from Vancouver
About the Survey
The survey was conducted on behalf of Expedia Canada Corp. by Ipsos-Reid by telephone with a random sample of 700 Canadians 18 years of age and older, who have taken at least one pleasure trip over the last two years (at least 80 kms. from their home and involved an overnight stay, excluding cottages/vacation properties that they own), or who are likely to do so in the next two years.
The interviews were distributed equally (100 each) in seven major markets - Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Interviewing was conducted from December 9 - 16, 2001. The overall (combined) results are weighted back into proportion. The overall results are accurate to within +/-3.8%, 95% of the time. Each market's (city's) results can be considered accurate to within +/-10%, 95% of the time.
About Expedia Canada Corp.
Expedia Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), operates one of Canada's leading 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, 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.
*Expedia® Holiday Maker fares shown were available on Expedia.ca at press time and are per person double occupancy, for round-trip travel. Transportation taxes, fees & GST (where applicable) and fuel surcharges are included.
For more information, please contact:
Amy Gillespie, Edelman Public Relations, (416) 979-1120 ext. 312, firstname.lastname@example.org