HONG KONG and BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 10：Expedia,Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world´s leading online travel company, has announced the appointment of Cyril Ranque to vice president, Expedia, Inc. Partner Services Group (PSG), Asia Pacific. This move signals the growing presence of Expedia® in the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) and builds on the company´s recent regional momentum.
Based in the Expedia Hong Kong office, Ranque will oversee relationships with airlines, hotels, tour operators and destination services in APAC on behalf of all Expedia, Inc. points of sale globally. Ranque started with Expedia in 2006 and played a key role in developing partnerships with the leading international hotel chains for EMEA and APAC.
"We continue to expand our presence in the Asia Pacific region through strategic investments in people, technology and partnerships," said Paul Brown, president of Expedia® Partner Services Group. "Our continued efforts in the region extend our ability to deliver local suppliers and customers traveling to and within the Asia Pacific region access to the world´s largest, most intelligent travel marketplace."
Ranque´s new role is the latest in a series of significant commitments Expedia has made in the fast-growing Asia travel market. The company first invested in the Asia travel market in July 2004 through its investment in eLong™ (http://www.elong.net/), the second largest online travel company in China. Expedia subsequently launched its Australian Web site, Expedia.com.au™ in December 2005, closely followed by the launch of Expedia Japan (http://www.expedia.co.jp/). In addition, Expedia, Inc. operates 11 hotels.com® sites throughout the region and has announced future plans to introduce other points of sale, such as Expedia.co.nz in New Zealand and Expedia.in in India.
"Expedia is uniquely positioned to address the diverse needs of travelers in the Asia Pacific region," explained Henrik Kjellberg, president of Expedia APAC. "Our investments in building our supply relationships in the region are key to the consumer value we deliver there."
Expedia, Inc. momentum in APAC includes newly signed partnerships with all Banyan Tree properties across Asia on Expedia, Rihga Hotels in Japan and Marco Polo Hotels in Hong Kong. Additionally, recent portfolio renewals and augmentations include a Jin Jiang Hotels expansion to include additional properties throughout China; a renewed partnership with Shangri-la to an expanded portfolio moving on direct connectivity at the end of the year; and Taj Hotels, featuring 24 new properties made available to Expedia travelers worldwide and 100 percent direct connectivity to their CRS properties since early October.
Other recent regional successes include the partnership Expedia Japan announced last month with JAL, Asia´s largest airline by passengers carried and the premier online booking site in Japan. Under the agreement, Expedia is providing its hotel listings and booking capabilities for more than 34,000 hotels in thousands of cities on JAL´s Web site (http://www.jal.co.jp/).
Expedia® PSG APAC, headquartered in Hong Kong, serves Asia-based supply partners with streamlined access to the Expedia portfolio of brands and global points of sale. The growing Expedia supply teams serving hotel, air and destination services partners have already established local offices in Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Delhi and Mumbai, with plans for expansion into Singapore, Bangkok and Seoul to strengthen the dedicated local support offered to its partners.