REDMOND, WA, January 25, 2000 – According to a survey conducted by TeleNation and sponsored by Expedia™, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) more than 35 percent of men would like to receive a vacation or weekend trip for Valentine's Day, but only seven percent of women say they plan to give that trip to their significant other. Instead, 29 percent of women plan on getting their significant others jewelry and 30 percent are dreaming about receiving that in return.
Expedia.com™ (http://expedia.com), a leading online travel site operated by Expedia, Inc., is helping bridge this divide with a special travel planning section devoted to the art of travel and love so everyone will get what they want this year. By bringing together insightful tips on romantic destinations, ways to get last minute deals on hotel rooms, offers for future discount hotel stays, and more, Expedia.com is turning Valentine's Day into Valentine's Weekend.
The editorial staff at Expedia.com has made romantic travel planning simple by handpicking 10 romantic destinations complete with suggestions on how to get there and what to do once you're there; highlighting resources like Flight Price Matcher™ and Hotel Price Matcher™ that help flexible travelers find great deals for last-minute getaways; and sharing expert travel tips such as how to squeeze in intimate moments during a family vacation.
“We had to laugh when we first saw the survey results,” said Erik Blachford, Vice President of Marketing for Expedia, Inc. “But once our editors started talking about their favorite romantic getaways, we knew we'd be able to help the men of America get the trips they obviously long for. Plus, knowing most people are more flexible in their spending habits while on vacation, men can find their significant others the right piece of jewelry to remember the holiday and vacation.”
And where do travelers most want to go for a romantic getaway? According to the survey, more than 63 percent of women and 73 percent of men look for romantic destinations with sunsets and beaches.
Paris was ranked the most romantic city in the world, with Venice, Italy coming in second. When asked with whom they would like to be trapped on a deserted island (if not their significant other), most women named Denzel Washington and most men named Marilyn Monroe. Clearly not looking for tips on military strategy or theories of relativity, low on the list were Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.
As a bonus, Expedia.com has an exclusive hotel offer to help warm your Valentine's weekend by allowing you to earn 50 percent off a future stay in the summer at Westin Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Four Points® Hotels by Sheraton, St. Regis® , The Luxury Collection® , and W Hotels® . Customers who book a hotel room at any of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts through Expedia.com by February 29, 2000 receive a 50 percent discount (based on standard rack rates) on a future stay at luxury hotels including Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels. Customers are required to complete their initial stay by April 30, 2000 in order to qualify for 50 percent off a second stay from June 1 through August 31, 2000. This promotion allows Valentine's Day travelers the chance to save on a second romantic getaway this summer. Additional offer details apply. Visit http://www.expedia.com/promos/starwood/ for offer details.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE) operates Expedia.com in the United States with localized versions for travelers in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. To help customers Travel Right, Expedia.com provides the best combination of air, car, and hotel booking, vacation package and cruise offers, destination information, and point-to-point mapping. Customers have responded by making Expedia.com the most visited Web site for travel planning services on the Internet for the ninth consecutive month (Media Metrix, December 1999).
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