NORWALK, Conn. and BELLEVUE, Wash. – September 15, 2003 – Virgin Vacations, a part of Virgin Atlantic, Ltd., today announced it has chosen Expedia, Inc.’s WWTE™ private label service to provide Virgin Vacations’ customers with comprehensive travel bookings. Travelers can now access Expedia®’s negotiated rates on trip components throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Mexico on the Virgin Vacations’ website, www.virginvacations.com.
President of Virgin Vacations, Jeanne De Smedt, comments, “This is an exciting new venture for us. The WWTE solution enhances our existing product line and provides a one-stop travel source for Virgin Vacations’ customers via the website. We are delighted to launch a program that will allow customers visiting virginvacations.com to book all of their travel needs within North America and to other destinations that are so popular among our US customer base.”
As a private label booking engine, WWTE enhances the Virgin Vacations’ offering by linking Expedia’s vast inventory of popular travel services, such as flight, hotel, car and vacation packages. Customers are able to view and select these features to build a customized trip without leaving the website.
“We are pleased to extend our private label solution to Virgin Vacations and demonstrate WWTE’s ability to complement virginvacations.com with our comprehensive product offering,” said Barney Harford, vice president of air, car and private label for Expedia, Inc. “Virgin Vacations can support its world-class brand by providing travelers expanded services and a unique booking experience.”
Currently, Virgin Vacations offers a myriad of travel options to Great Britain, Europe, Asia and South America. Customers select their destination choice from an expansive menu that includes vacations, hotel options, rental car add-ons, and more. Additionally, they offer their “Exclusively Virgin” product, which combines air and hotel options or customized vacation packages to London, all featuring their award-winning carrier, Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Vacations extends further value to all of their passengers on these specific packages by adding the Virgin “extras,” which include a “Welcome Abroad” carry-all bag, discount dining and London attraction coupons, among other value-added inclusions.
Expedia, Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Travelscape, Inc., operates WWTE. WWTE provides private label booking solutions for travel suppliers looking to enhance their product offerings. The WWTE private label solution gives travel suppliers the ability to enhance their own Web sites with industry leading cross-sell and dynamic packaging solutions offering highly competitive inventory. Additional information about WWTE can be found at www.wwte.com. Expedia, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI). CST: 2029030-40
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