Travel.ch and Expedia Affiliate Network clinch cooperation deal

Switzerland-based city travel specialist travel.ch has entered into partnership with the US online travel portal Expedia® Affiliate Network. Under the deal, travel.ch clients will now be able to access 70,000 additional hotels – and benefit from even lower prices.

Zurich, 3 June 2015 – With effect from May, clients of the Swiss online agency travel.ch have been able to choose from more than 70,000 additional city hotels. In the top destinations Barcelona, Berlin, London and Paris, the portfolio has been increased by some 15%: and in Rome 35%. As a result of its cooperation deal with the US-based Expedia®Affiliate Network (EAN), travel.ch is now able to offer a choice of some 195,000 city hotels.

For clients of travel.ch, the partnership with EAN will ensure not only a wider choice of flight-hotel offers, but also improved availability and even more attractive prices. 

“Expedia Affiliate Network has a long tradition of working with Online Travel agencies and we are now very excited about the partnership with one of the leading Swiss OTAs. With EAN’s access to strong inventory in top city destinations we are looking forward to helping travel.ch to optimize the offering even further”, states Cressida Sergeant, EAN Brand Business Development Director, EMEA.”

 

More background information, more reliable ratings

Further added value for travel.ch clients now includes more detailed hotel descriptions, as well as additional picture material. Inka Nobel: "Concerning French-language hotel descriptions in particular, we have already begun displaying considerably more content and improved quality".

October 2014 saw the launching by travel.ch of its new website, including the integration of global data from online reputation management leader "TrustYou". The aim has been to create for  travel.ch clients an enhanced reliable overview of hotel ratings. "TrustYou" is the world's largest provider of hotel evaluations, and specializes in seeking, analysing and filtering millions of opinions on the largest portals worldwide. The result – a comprehensive, conclusive and top quality cross-section of all the ratings which guests leave after staying at a hotel.

Expedia Affiliate Network signs agreement with almundo.com to expand its Hotel offering

The Multichannel travel company with presence in Latin America, incorporates the content of Expedia Affiliate Network hotels to contribute to the care and satisfaction of its passengers

BUENOS AIRES, May 29, 2015 - Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) is working with almundo.com to provide technology solutions and access to global hotel content in order to strengthen their hotel marketing and booking content for hotels and vacation packages; available in their multiple service channels that almundo.com has in 18 countries in Latin America.

From H2 2015, the portfolio of hotels and software solutions will enable almundo.com to expand its current offering of hotels on their website and branches in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

“We are excited to start this relationship with almundo.com. Almundo.com is a young and dynamic company and we are thrilled to support them in their national and international expansion,” said Alfonso Paredes, Senior Director Expedia Affiliate Network brand. “We are sure that with the hotel inventory, the quality of the content and commercial proposition, we will be able to help almundo.com achieve their goals and become even more successful in the travel business”.

“The signed agreement between EAN and us proves our vision of building the best hotel content offer for our clients. Their status of strategic suppliers confirms our position and will to invest in long term relations with key actors of the industry”, stood out Juan Pablo Lafosse, CEO of almundo.com.

Expedia Affiliate Network expands attendance at Phocuswright to include Dublin event

London. Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), who has long attended Phocuswright events in the United States, is expanding its footprint to the European market by including the Phocuswright Europe conference held in Dublin 12–14 May 2015 to its list of must-attend shows.

EAN, a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, will not only sponsor the Phocuswright Europe show but will also be distributing notepads during one of the main sessions. EAN hopes to meet with current partners and has scheduled meetings with many prospective partners in what might prove to be another globally attended show by Phocuswright.

With the theme “Viewpoints that expand your world,” Phocuswright Europe is looking to draw attention to new channels, new devices, social content and more inciting the travel leaders of today to continue to remain relevant.

Bart van Eijck, VP of Sales, EMEA for EAN brand, states, “EAN is excited to be part of the Phocuswright Europe show and we look forward to many years of continued sponsorship and success at the conference.”

Mr. van Eijck will be joined by Ant Drewery, VP Technology, Manish Gajria, Sr. Director, Product Management, Belinda Hindmarsh, Sr. Director Sales Operations, and others all with the EAN brand at the show in Dublin next week. For more information, check out EAN online at www.ean.com.

Expedia Affiliate Network to attend Arabian Travel Market in Dubai

Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) will attend the Arabian Travel Market conference in Dubai next week, 4-7 May, continuing their long-standing history with the show.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been running for over 20 years and continues to be a must-attend show in the Middle East. With EAN’s increased focus on this region over the past five years, it is pertinent to not only attend but also to meet with key figures in the travel space that are certain to be present.

Alex Morris, Director of Affiliate Partnerships for EAN, states, “The interest in ATM continues to grow year by year in the travel industry, with key players from around the globe considering it to be one of the best shows to attend all year. EAN looks forward to yet again participating, continuing to build on our existing relationships, and to meet with new players in the field.”

EAN will have a shared space with several other Expedia brands. They can be found at stand TT7455. For more information, check out EAN online at www.ean.com.

EventBlocks.com announces partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network

EventBlocks, a comparison site for hotel rates at large events, announces its partnership with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies. The deal will see EAN powering EventBlocks’ inventory when searching for event hotel bookings.

EventBlocks currently features over 7,500 events throughout the United States, with plans to expand to over 20,000 worldwide by the end of the year. EAN’s API allows EventBlocks users to compare private event rates side-by-side with other nearby hotels to help travelers find options with lower rates or better ratings.

“We are extremely excited to be working with EAN. At its core, EventBlocks is about empowering choice, and EAN’s access to extensive inventory will give our users seamless access to the world’s best hotels” remarks Greg Young, founder of EventBlocks. “From our extensive research, we’ve found that the ‘group rates’ advertised by many large events are seldom the best option available. At over 90% of events in major U.S. cities, we’ve been able to find a cheaper rate within walking distance, often with savings up to 50%. This new partnership now allows travelers to compare all of these options in one place.”

Erik Hobbs of EAN expresses, “EAN is proud to be in partnership with EventBlocks, and we look forward to a long lasting fruitful relationship.”

For more information on EventBlocks, please go to www.eventblocks.com.

Fness strengthens relationship with EAN, Increases response time to customers

Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) has offered their call center backend tool, Voyager, to Fness for the purpose of increasing their service level and response time to their customers. Previously, Fness would contact the EAN call center to get many of customer requests completed whereas Fness is now able to complete most of the requests on their own. The response time to the customers has increased substantially.

According to EAN, offering Voyager is due to FNess’ significant growth in the past three and a half years of partnership. Fness contracted with their downstream agents of more than 2,000 after their initial partnership with EAN.

Ms. Yumiko Abe, Sr. Account Manager with EAN, mentioned that, “EAN is continuously looking forward to Fness’ growth and is excited to give them our tool to support their customer service level.”

EAN has given this tool to approximately ten partners in the APAC region, two of whom are in Japan. Fness is the only partner in the offline retail segment.

According to Mr. Katsumi Sakurai, Fness’ Hotel Director, “We started using Voyager in the beginning of March and the call volume to EAN has decreased significantly where our team is now more able to utilize their time on complex customer requests.” Fness will be further looking forward to increasing their service level to their customers.

Mr. Katsumi Sakurai says, “EasyRez, our booking site, aims to become the number one online agent booking tool in Japan. We are currently the third most useful booking tool but will be optimizing our tool to add many other functions such as ‘search by map’ as our first step towards our goal.”

Mr. Takashi Morimoto, Account Manager EAN, mentions that, “We are also here to support their EasyRez enhancements to become the most user-friendly tool in the country.”

EAN has partnered with Fness in 2011 to expand their B-to-B model into Japan where Fness started EasyRez. EasyRez contains most of Expedia’s global hotel inventories open to Fness users.

In addition to owning EasyRez, Fness is proactively working hard through daily sales and marketing to get their site to be used by countless numbers of travel agencies in Japan.

エクスペディア・グループでアフィリエイト方式によるホテル客室販売事業をおこなうエクスペディア・アフィリエイト・ネットワーク(Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN))は、このほどエフネスの旅行会社向け宿泊施設予約サイト「Rikisha Easy REZ(ERZ)」に、EANのコールセンターのバックエンドシステム「Voyager」を開示した。これにより、従来はエフネスがEANのコールセンターに電話で問い合わせていたさまざまな案件がERZ側でシステム対応可能になり、取引先に対しても迅速なレスポンスなどが可能になるという。

 EANによれば「Voyager」の開示は、これまで3年半にわたりパートナー関係を続けてきたエフネスの実績を評価したもの。エフネスはERZ開設からの3年半で取引会社を約2000社強にまで拡大しており、EANアジア太平洋地区シニアマネージャーの松尾裕美子氏は、「今後も成長を見込めるパートナーとして信頼している。このシステムを開示していること自体が、エフネスとのビジネスを重視していることの証」と語る。EANによれば、アジア太平洋地区で同システムを開示しているパートナー企業はわずか5社程度。そのうち日本は2社のみで、オフラインの旅行会社はエフネスのみとなる。

 今後、両社間においては、エフネスからEANへの問い合わせの電話が大幅に減り、業務の効率化が進む見込みだ。エフネス執行役員の櫻井克己氏によれば、開示を始めた3月上旬以降には、EANコールセンターへの問い合わせの本数は半分以上に減少。エフネスは取引会社に対して迅速なレスポンスをおこなえるようになったほか、「複雑な案件に対して割ける時間が増加した」ために、さらなるサービスの向上が期待できるという。

 一方でEANは、今年の7月以降はコールセンターにERZ専属スタッフの配置を計画。レスポンスの迅速化による販売機会の拡大に加えて、コールセンターの人件費削減などが可能になる。

 櫻井氏によれば、エフネスでは今後もERZの改良を進めて、「オフラインで最も使い勝手の良い、旅行会社向けの宿泊施設予約ツール」を作り上げる考え。現在は「(国内の旅行会社向け宿泊施設予約サイトの中で)恐らく3番手ぐらいの位置につけている」というが、マップ検索機能などを改善し、そのほかの機能もさらに追加して、業界内でのさらなる地位向上をめざすという。EANの日本アカウントマネージャーの森本高史氏も「ERZの改良にはEANも協力していきたい」と意欲を示す。

Expedia Affiliate Network joins the OpenJaw Preferred Supplier Programme

Brings time-to-market benefits, reduced costs and hotel retailing innovation

31 March 2015 – (Dublin, IRELAND) – Leading online technology partner to the world’s largest travel brands, OpenJaw Technologies a Guestlogix company, today announced that Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of one of the world’s largest online travel companies, Expedia, Inc., has joined its Preferred Supplier Programme.

Under the agreement, EAN-distributed hotel supply is available within the OpenJaw t-Retail Platform standard product. EAN hotels can be seamlessly integrated into a single retailing platform for hotel-only, cross-sell, up-sell and dynamic packaging. The quality, breadth and depth of EAN supply ensures that travel retailers can easily build compelling online shops that promote customer acquisition and retention.

    “Effective hotel selling requires the application of sound strategy and a flexible, single platform approach,”said Chris Wallis, Director Sales, Retail & Transport at Expedia Affiliate Network. “Having worked closely with OpenJaw over many years, it is clear that OpenJaw leads the way and we are delighted to have officially joined the Preferred Supplier Programme.”

    The OpenJaw Preferred Supplier Programme recruits the world’s best suppliers of travel products and services, such as hotel, car, insurance and payments. By forging stronger ties with these providers, the Programme brings significant time-to-market benefits and reduced setup costs to OpenJaw customers, looking to effectively retail a broad range of products. The strong partner approach ensures active sharing and leveraging of best-practice for more effective travel retailing.

    “Expedia Affiliate Network is a leading provider of global hotel supply and we welcome them as a flagship member of our Preferred Supplier Programme”,said Kieron Branagan, Managing Director, OpenJaw. “Both parties are not only delighted to bring immediate benefits to OpenJaw customers, but are also committed to applying our respective expertise for mutual innovation.”

    The OpenJaw t-Retail Platform enables airlines and other large travel companies to take advantage of a full range of hotel retailing strategies.  It includes functionality for dynamic sourcing and selling of hotel inventory. Full product management and business model control is put firmly in the hands of the Product Managers, enabling the nimble reactivity required in today’s constantly changing markets.

     

    Expedia Affiliate Network and peakwork form strategic partnership

    Expedia Affiliate Network hotel offers available in peakwork's Player-Hub network Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) will be working with peakwork’s Player-Hub technology: EAN uses the fast growing distribution platform in order to sell hotel only offers and hotel products for dynamic packaging. With EAN the wide range of hotel offers in the Player-Hub network increases - more than 120,000 hotels worldwide will be added to the data pool available for dynamic packaging and hotel only distribution.

    EAN provides hotel offers in the Player-Hub network with a special focus on 3-5 star hotels and hotels from the leading hotel chains, including offers from city centre and beach hotels. Worldwide offers are available in destinations in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia for all relevant selling markets.  peakwork customers benefit from choices that broaden the product range, not only for common destinations but also for product niches. Travel packages are individually adaptable and can be offered using various distribution channels, made up from individual travel portals via multi-operator travel agencies through to meta-search engines.

    “Bart van Eijck, EAN VP Sales, EMEA states, "Working with peakwork in this exciting time of increased international distribution allows EAN to offer our rates in dynamic packages utilizing their new technology. We anticipate this meeting the needs and demand of the package and hotel only operators."

    Ralf Usbeck, CEO of peakwork, is happy to have gained EAN as a strong strategic partner: "Our partners, tour operators as well as OTAs, can use the extensive and wide-ranging product portfolio to extend their core business products as well as longtail products for different distribution channels."

    An up-to-date overview of the product portfolio can be found in peakwork's hotel pool at http://www.peakwork.de/produkt/edf-hotelpool.

    Expedia Affiliate Network identifies ITB Berlin as a key show to new growth and strengthened relationships with partners

    Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) has identified the ITB Berlin tradeshow as a key component to future partnership expansion and existing relationship growth. ITB Berlin, which takes place on 4-8 March, will attract more that 22,000 convention participants from across the globe including many existing EAN partners.

    “ITB Berlin allows EAN yet another opportunity to get in front of our partners, listen to their needs and wants, and to share what’s new in 2015,” explains Bart van Eijck, vice president Sales, EMEA.

    “While EAN has long been participants at the show, this will be our first year hosting a stand. We look forward to meeting with many of our guests at our booth.”

    Joining Mr. van Eijck in Berlin will be nine other representatives from the company including Ariane Gorin, EAN’s senior vice president and general manager. In addition to meeting with several key partners, Ms. Gorin will be presenting an award at the European Group Travel Awards on Thursday evening from 7pm on 5 March at the Intercontinental Hotel.

    Find Ms. Gorin, Mr. van Eijck, and the rest of the EAN team at the Expedia booth located in Hall 9, booth 322.

    The Travel Network Group partners with Expedia Affiliate Network to bring additional high quality inventory to Honeycomb

    The Travel Network Group announces a partnership with the Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) which will provide access to a large number of valuable, quality hotels to the Group’s Honeycomb dynamic packaging platform.

    Martin Andrew, Group Commercial Director, The Travel Network Group stated, “A key part of our Growth strategy is to provide our members with access to the very best travel products and services using the latest technology in order for them to compete and grow in this ever changing travel marketplace, and we believe partnering with EAN supports this goal. The quality, choice and value of hotel inventory will provide access to unique product and content currently not accessible on our Honeycomb platform and thus drive incremental sales for our members.”

    “We are very pleased to be one of the select hotel content providers that will help to drive efficiency and will offer competitive rates. The Travel Network Group has a reputation for being a leading source of quality travel and we are excited to be working with them on the expansion of their platform,” commented Bart van Eijck, VP Sales, EMEA, Expedia Affiliate Network.

    Sabre’s TotalTrip hotel offering boosted by Expedia Affiliate Network

    Travel agents subscribed to Sabre in Latin America benefit from thousands of additional world-class properties sourced by Expedia® Affiliate Network hotelier partners, coupled with an enhanced shopping experience

    MEXICO CITY, September 22, 2014 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry, today announced a new release of TotalTrip, a hotel distribution and B2B commerce solution integrated to the Sabre travel marketplace, available to travel consultants across Latin America and the Caribbean. As a major enhancement, Sabre’s TotalTrip now provides the extensive range of global properties distributed by Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN), following a technology agreement recently signed.

    Under the specific agreement between EAN and Sabre, new hotel content has been added into Sabre’s hotel e-commerce platform and is now available for real-time booking.

    Expedia Affiliate Network will further expand TotalTrip’s already robust hotel content, offering tens of thousands of additional properties worldwide at competitive hotel rates. The additional hotel content means more business opportunities for agents, as they can offer more options to meet travelers’ preferences and increase their revenue from commissions guaranteed by Sabre for every pre-paid hotel booking.

    “We are excited about the continued relationship with Sabre through TotalTrip and the expansion of hotel options for the agents and customers in the Latin American region,” states Wendy Aird, VP AMER EAN.

    “We are proud of our collaboration with Expedia Affiliate Network, as we share a commitment to create the smarter hotel shopping tool for agents that provides multiple options for their travelers,” said Julia De Jesús/Luiz Ambar, vice president of Sabre Travel Network in Latin America. “We believe the content brought by Expedia Affiliate Network into TotalTrip will exceed travelers’ expectations in all Latin America and the Caribbean when it comes to providing a wealth of destinations, amenities and even rates.”

    In addition to the increased hotel offering, TotalTrip has introduced additional product enhancements to make the shopping experience even more dynamic and seamless. The optimization includes improved search criteria, more information in the hotel’s map view and comprehensive descriptions of location, rooms, and amenities. The new release aims to create a seamless interaction between the agent and the digital hotel platform.

    EAN is the latest hotel aggregator to bring its content into TotalTrip. This new content enhancement follows previous implementations of other regional online sources, including Best Day, Transhotel, Trend Operadora, Destinations of the World, GTA, Tourico, Hotel Beds and HotelDo.

    Sabre, Expedia® Affiliate Network sign strategic technology agreement

    SOUTHLAKE, Texas, July 1, 2014 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), and Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) have signed a strategic technology agreement in which Expedia Affiliate Network will provide hotel marketing and booking content.

    The agreement adds tens of thousands of incremental hotel properties into the Sabre travel marketplace.

    EAN also pilot the ‘Zoom and Go’ mobile app, a map-based hotel shopping and booking solution in the Sabre travel marketplace that will integrate fragmented hotel content into an easy-to-use interface, making comparison shopping easier for travel buyers.

    “This agreement is a big win for travel buyers,” said Greg Webb, president of Sabre Travel Network. “Now, more hotels than ever before will be able to leverage Sabre’s leading travel marketplace to merchandise their products, property attributes and personalized offerings to travelers.”

    Through the Zoom and Go app, EAN will have access to an extensive network of travel buyers who will leverage a wealth of data including, advanced map-based search capabilities to search any destination in the world by street address, neighborhood, airport code and local attractions. In addition, travel buyers can instantly sort search results by chain code, price, amenity and many other criteria to find the perfect hotel quickly.

    “Expedia Affiliate Network is pleased to be working with Sabre and believe its expansive travel marketplace paired with the various ways Sabre provides hoteliers to differentiate themselves will be powerful for travel buyers,” Wendy Aird, VP Sales, AMER. "We’re excited to see all the benefits of the Zoom and Go app in action – it will make the travel shopping experience even more dynamic and interactive.”

    Samba Visa Credit Cardholders get an exclusive 10% off on hotel bookings with Samba Bonanza Holidays

    Riyadh – Just in time for the summer holidays when consumers are looking to get extra value on their holiday spending, Samba has announced the launch of Samba Bonanza Holidays in association with Visa and powered by the Expedia® Affiliate Network; a program that offers guaranteed, exclusive discounts on hotel bookings for Samba Visa Credit Cardholders.

    Samba Visa Credit Cardholders can make their hotel bookings through a dedicated Samba Bonanza Holidays web site and enjoy a 10% discount at some of the finest hotels in destinations around the world. This exclusive discount is applicable on all bookings in addition to the best rates available on the Samba Bonanza Holidays web site. The discount will be automatically applied when customers enter a coupon code in the payments page.

    Says Majed Al-Saif, Samba GM-PR: “Samba is well known for the superior privileges that it brings to its customers and this new initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to seek innovative ways to bring more value to our customers.”

    He added, “This is the first such service in the Kingdom, and only the second in the world, partnering with the Expedia Affiliate Network that enables our customers to also take advantage of the incredible deals that they are well known for.”

    Ahmed Gaber, Visa GM for Saudi Arabia, said: “Visa is delighted to partner with Samba and offer Samba Visa credit cardholders the exclusive opportunity to avail of discounts on hotel bookings in some of the most exotic destinations across the world.

    Samba selected Expedia Affiliate Network for their easy to use, plug and play customization capabilities for issuers as well as the breadth of their inventory.

    Christopher Williams, VP and MD, EAN APAC, said: “We are excited and privileged to be part of this new venture with Samba.”

    The Samba Bonanza Holidays program follows the launch of other unique online programs from Samba such as the Samba eMall, Samba Global Bonanza program and Samba Virtual Credit Card further consolidating Samba’s leading edge position in the ecommerce space.

    Samba offers the widest choice of credit cards to suit every lifestyle and spending need that help our customers get more from their everyday spending. Whether it isa simple payment card, a card that rewards customers, a card specially designed for ladies or a card that brings the ultimate in recognition around the world – there is a Samba card with a host of innovative world class benefits. A range of cards packed with fabulous rewards and benefits world-wide, unmatched peace of mind and around the clock service from anywhere in the world. Our customers can also shop, entertain, celebrate, travel with their Samba credit card and conveniently spread their payments into extended installments.

    Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) has Expanded Hotels Available Inventory for your Early and Last Minute Shoppers

    Customers wanting to take advantage of great rates or secure a particular hotel/room category for events beyond a year away can now do so.  “We have extended our booking window limit from 330 days to 500 days.  This extends potential sales by adding almost half a year of additional inventory to your site”, Dianne Jackson, Account Management for Canada advises.  Once a booking is confirmed and paid for, the rates are guaranteed.

    On the opposite side of the spectrum, EAN is making sure clients are given the convenience of booking last minute by extending the same day cut off time to 11:59pm.  “With the trend to more mobile transactions, we need to ensure we offer your clients last minute availability” Jackson added.

    Neither of these updates requires any changes to your core API code. Simply update any UI logic for calendars or date selectors to allow customers to search and book within the extended windows – that's it!

    Expedia Affiliate Network Appoints New Leader

    DALLAS and LONDON –June 2, 2014 – Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) announced today that Ariane Gorin will assume responsibility for the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Gorin will begin her duties immediately.

    EAN began as a standalone brand within Expedia, Inc. approximately five years ago and will remain independently run under Gorin’s leadership. Gorin will report to the President of the Hotels.com and Venere.com brands, Johan Svanstrom. This structure will enable EAN affiliates to benefit even more from focus on the hotel product, online retail experience and technology, thus, bringing greater consumer expertise to the business-to-business space.

    “I am thrilled to join the Expedia Affiliate Network team that is at the heart of two of my passions – travel and technology,” said Gorin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Expedia Affiliate Network. “This new role allows me to leverage my previous business-to-business experience to help the Expedia Affiliate Network’s more than 7,500 affiliates win consumers and grow their share of wallet in the travel space,” added Gorin.

    Prior to assuming this role, Gorin led Expedia, Inc.’s Market Management organization in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for 14 months. In this role, she partnered closely with brand marketing and web marketing teams to align hotel supply and traveler demand as well as maximize company investments, while continuing to build strong supplier relations and leadership capabilities in the region. Prior to joining Expedia, Inc., Gorin held various sales and marketing roles at Microsoft and worked as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group.

    Travelport teams up with Expedia Affiliate Network and Majid Al Futtaim Finance to launch UAE’s largest online travel reward scheme

    The first rewards scheme of its kind to benefit UAE participants

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 May, 2014 – Travelport, the leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, has joined forces with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) – the private label arm of the world’s largest online travel company, the Expedia group – and Majid Al Futtaim Finance – a leading provider of credit card and prepaid solutions in the region – to launch the UAE’s largest online travel rewards scheme, Najm Voyager Rewards.

    The program is designed to meet the distinct travel and lifestyle needs of the UAE’s affluent and well-travelled market segment.  Launched in conjunction with Majid Al Futtaim Finance’s new Najm reward card, this will deliver the most comprehensive programme of its kind in the UAE.  It allows Najm Voyager Credit Card members to spend their loyalty points onbooking flights, hotels and car rentals at exceptionally competitive prices and provides access to outstanding holiday package deals.

    Najm Voyager Credit Card members will enjoy ultimate choice and flexibility with real-time redemption of travel rewards anytime, from anywhere. To access the benefits, participants log into a dedicated easy to use portal to make their bookings and redeem their loyalty points instantly. The travel services will be extended to the entire suite of Najm Credit Cardholders who will benefit from competitive pricing.

    Created by Majid Al Futtaim Finance and delivered by leading creative technology agency, The Cohen International Group (TCIG), Najm Voyager Rewards was inspired by the continued growth of online travel in the UAE and across the Middle East. The intuitive website acts as a one stop portal to facilitate all member redemptions using latest technology and a simple redemption process.  

    As part of the agreement, Travelport will provide Majid Al Futtaim Finance with its online expertise and technology. This includes Travelport Universal API – the leading edge solution enabling travel agencies to streamline the booking process by re-aggregating fragmented content from various sources.  This delivers access to more than 360 airlines, International car companies and High Speed Rail providers worldwide. Expedia Affiliate Network, in turn, will provide the tools and the technology to access more than 190,000 properties worldwide with rich content, reviews and ratings.

    Alex Morriss, Head of Business Development for Expedia Affiliate Network commented: “The Najm Voyager Rewards Program aims to be a leader amongst reward programmes and Expedia Affiliate Network is thrilled to be a part of it.”

    ”Najm is a trusted and well-established credit card brand, offering customers flexibility, choice and value-added rewards to suit one’s lifestyle,” said Rasool Hujair, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Finance. “This, combined with Majid Al Futtaim Finance’s leadership in providing turnkey credit card solutions, the new Najm Voyager Credit Card, in partnership with recognised names Travelport and the Expedia Affiliate Network, offers a unique proposition that meets the needs of the frequent traveller.”   

    “Travelport has over 20 years’ experience supporting businesses such as Majid Al Futtaim Finance.  This fast changing and dynamic industry is a vital part of our business” said Rabih Saab, President and Managing Director, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, Travelport. “We look forward to working very closely with our partnersto share our online expertise and industry-leading technology solutions to enable them to make the most of every opportunity now and in the future.”

    “The Cohen International Group has extensive knowledge in complex development and extensive industry knowledge.  We were tasked with creating a unique and user friendly portal which focusses in on User Experience and ease of redemption accompanied by the latest web trends to ensure a seamless user journey,” said Hyder Cohen, CEO/Head of Creative, The Cohen International Group.  “We are privileged to be part of this exciting venture by Majid Al Futtaim Finance, Travelport and the Expedia Affiliate Network.”

    Expedia Affiliate Network Welcomes Two New Executives

    Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), the private label arm of the Expedia, Inc. group, the world’s largest online travel company, announced today a strengthening of its executive leadership team with two new hires. Stuart Silberg will lead EAN as its new Chief Technology Officer and Steve Henrickson as its Chief Financial Officer.

    Stuart Silberg is joining the EAN brand with over 24 years in IT. Silberg served in a number of capacities in the industry including as the Senior Vice President Delivery for Healthcare at global consulting services provider Ness IBS and as the Vice President of Engineering and Acting CTO for Move Inc. and Realtor.com, the No 1 internet site for Real Estate in the USA. The depth of his experience will add significant strength to the EAN management team. Prior to joining EAN, Silberg served as Chief Technology Officer for the Hotels.com brand for over 2 years where he was responsible for all technologies, technical product development and technical operations for the brand, which has 85 localised sites around the world.

    Silberg holds a B.Sc. with Honours from the University of Central Lancashire.

    Steve Henrickson is joining the EAN brand with over 20 years in Finance and Operations. Henrickson brings a breadth of experience having worked for companies such as Kimberly-Clark, Nextel, Cingular (AT&T) and most recently, Microsoft, before joining the Expedia family in 2007. Henrickson began his career with Expedia Inc. as the Director of Finance for the shared service functions which include Legal, HR, IT Operations, and Real Estate.  His increasing responsibilities focused on Technology, Customer Operations, and Corporate Finance. He most recently served as Vice President of Finance, Global Customer Operations, for Expedia Inc.

    Henrickson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Winona State University in Minnesota.

    EAN is a global affiliate platform business that supplies the Expedia group’s hotel content through over 7,500 leading global and regional brands. Its tools and technology include inventory support, retail insights, API and template solutions, helping millions of travelers to find the perfect hotels for their next trips.

    “I am very excited to have these two new seasoned executives joining my global leadership team." said Arthur Hoffman, President of the EAN brand. "The addition of these two gentlemen will add significant strength to EAN's executive management team as we look to build toward the future.”

    About Expedia Affiliate Network

    Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is part of the Expedia group, the world’s leading online travel company. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travellers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 7,500 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com. Expedia Affiliate Network and the Expedia Affiliate Network logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. ©2014 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CTS # 2029030-50

    Expedia Affiliate Network Announces Partnership With Air France

    Expedia Affiliate Network brings retail expertise and superior inventory to revitalise Air France’s hotel offering.

    PARIS, France – 3rd September 2013- Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies, today announced that Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), the private-label arm of the company, has signed a new partnership agreement with Air France. The collaboration will see EAN working together with the Air France distribution team on an ongoing basis, to build an enhanced hotel offering for Air France’s customers worldwide.

    The deal will offer Air France travelers access to approximately 160,000 hotels in destinations worldwide, with a particularly wide selection of accommodation in some of Air France’s most popular destinations. The deal will also add considerable strength to Air France’s accommodation offering for inbound travelers.

    The hotel retailing platform is now live on Air France’s domestic website and is due to be rolled out across the airline’s 60 international websites in the near future. 

    Veit Fuhrmeister, senior director, Expedia Lodging Partner Services, said, “We welcome the opportunity for Expedia Affiliate Network to partner with Air France in this exciting alliance.  This partnership opens up a large distribution network and will ultimately increase demand and drive bookings for our travel partners – both for Air France as well as our hotel partners.”

    Arthur Hoffman, president, Expedia Affiliate Network, adds, “Air France is one of the great brands of global aviation, with a proud history and a great future. We are excited about working with them to build the best possible retail experience for their customers.”

    As part of the continuing technology roll-out, Chris Wallis, director transport for EAN and Tanguy Favennec for Air France will work together to enhance the customer experience with new functionalities due to be released within the coming months.

    About Expedia Affiliate Network

    Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is a division within the Expedia, Inc. group, the world’s leading online travel company. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travellers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 10,000 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com.

    About The Expedia group

    The Expedia group is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s leading online travel brands, including:

    • Expedia.com®, the world’s largest full service online travel agency, with localized sites in 30 countries
    • Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
    • Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in 11 countries on its 10 sites in North America, Europe and Asia
    • Egencia®, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company
    • eLong™, the second largest online travel company in China 
    • Venere.com™, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
    • trivago®, a leading online hotel search company with sites in 33 countries
    • Expedia Local Expert®,  a provider of in-market concierge services, activities and experiences in 18 markets worldwide
    • Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
    • Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, one of North America’s leading retail cruise vacation experts

    The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market travel consumers through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network.  (NASDAQ: EXPE)  For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.comor follow us on Twitter @expediainc.

    Trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.  © 2013 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CST: 2029030-50

    Multicom Announce Expedia Affiliate Network is Now Available From FindandBook

    8th August 2013 – Travel technology specialist Multicom has successfully completed the integration of Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), into its market leading booking platform FindandBook.

    The addition of EAN, the private label arm of one of the world’s largest online travel companies, the Expedia group provides FindandBook users with access to an extensive inventory of almost 160,000 quality hotels globally and significantly boosts Multicom’s accommodation portfolio.

    The new partnership will help drive efficiencies for agents currently using multiple tools to find comparable deals from a single source, while further strengthening Multicom’s market leading position in the UK.

    Multicom Head of Sales David Osborne said: “The integration of Expedia® Affiliate Network into FindandBook will allow our partners and their customers to benefit from an extensive and broad choice of accommodation. The global reach of EAN will also provide access to thousands of promotional rates and competitive deals, offering significant savings for both customers and agents.”

    Vicki Wickens, EAN’s Head of Business Development, UK & Ireland, added: “We are delighted to be working with Multicom and for our EAN portfolio of hotels to be integrated into FindandBook. This new relationship will allow us greater access to a network of partners across multiple market sectors and geographies, while providing huge benefits for their customers too.”

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    Multicom supports the campaign to determine the impact of APD on holidaymakers www.afairtaxonflying.org

    Multicom has been innovating and delivering software solutions to the UK travel industry for over 20 years.

    Multicom delivers a range of products and services to its customers that significantly increase travel business efficiencies and offer the widest range of travel related products that include; flights, accommodation, packages, car hire, trains, insurance and many others.

    Multicom's FindandBook™ service is the leading travel aggregation interface used by many Tour Operators and Travel Agents including Thomas Cook, Tui and Easyjet.

    About Expedia Affiliate Network

    Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is a division within the Expedia, Inc. group, the world's leading online travel business. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travelers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 10,000 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com. Expedia Affiliate Network and the Expedia Affiliate Network logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.

    Showbiz Launches New Era of Show & Accomodation Packaging with Unveiling of Expedia® Affiliate Network-Powered STAY & SEE® Online

    Australia, August 5th, 2013 - Showbiz International, Australia’s leading ticket and packaging company, has joined forces with the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) - a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies - to create one of Australia’s most dynamic and flexible online ticket and accommodation packaging service.

    Showbiz Stay& See® will soon relaunch with an all new ticket and packaging service in Australia that delivers Showbiz’s national range of real-time, live theatre and event  tickets, combined with best in-market hotel rates across a full range of hotel products and shows, up to the week of performance*. (*subject to ticket availability)

    With the new Showbiz Stay& See® online experience, customers will have access to close to 2500 hotels within the EAN system, with hotels pre-matched to the venue location and complemented by TripAdvisor ratings. Customers have the option of re-sorting based on price, popularity, hotel class, or can perform their own individual search.

    Showbiz Stay and See bookings can also be combined with Showbiz’s many partner restaurants near to the hotel or venue to ensure a complete, great value, short-break experience - all via one easy transaction on Showbiz.com.au.

    The partnership with EAN will ensure that Showbiz can offer customers the best online hotel rates, which will be backed up by the new SHOWBIZ STAY & SEE® PRICE GUARANTEE. Under the guarantee, Showbiz will commit to refunding the difference if customers finds a lower comparable online hotel room rate*, and will include a $50 Showbiz Ticket Cash voucher towards their next purchase.

    Says Craig McMaster, CEO of Showbiz International, “Showbiz has always led the way in Australasia with ticket and event packaging for our show and hotel partners, but in recent times we’ve seen the biggest change in our 30 years of operations, with customers booking with much shorter lead times. For instance, previously, someone wanting to travel to Melbourne to see an amazing live experience like King Kong, would most likely have booked many months in advance. Today, it could be as short as just a few weeks, or even days, and Expedia’s dynamic booking system will provide the ultimate in flexibility.”

    Expedia Affiliate Network’s Christopher J. Williams, VP and MD, Asia Pacific said, “This is a very exciting time for Showbiz and we are proud to be able to be an integral part of their new Stay&See program.”

    The partnership and the launch of the new enhanced website, coincides with the announcement of the blockbuster Baz Lurhmann’s  Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which will be staged at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from early 2014. Like the Melbourne-only King Kong, the Sydney season of Strictly Ballroom is expected to generate a vast amount of interstate and international interest that will require significant accommodation inventory.

    Showbiz's new Stay and See program will start on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013, coinciding with the launch of Strictly Ballroom the Musical. Tickets, VIP experiences and packages for Strictly Ballroom, and hundreds of other great shows and experiences can be made by visiting www.showbiz.com.au.

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    About Showbiz International

    Showbiz International is the leading premium ticket packaging provider in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

    With over 35 years of experience, Showbiz International has delivered over 1.5 million event and package products in recent years and is renowned in the industry for its market leading position as official packages and hospitality partner for major theatre productions, concerts and live events. In Australia, Showbiz is proud to be the Official Packaging Partner for King Kong, Strictly Ballroom, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bon Jovi, Cirque du Soleil, WICKED and more.

    For the past 20 years, Showbiz has led the way in the creation of event travel and accommodation packages under the Showbiz Stay & See® brand. Showbiz’s event packaging range also includes Dinner & Show Packages, Encore Class™ VIP Packages which feature premium seating, private hospitality and merchandise, and corporate hospitality packages through Showbiz Corporate Services.

    Showbiz also provides the entertainment component for many of Australia’s major loyalty programs, including Qantas Box Office, the Virgin Box Office program, and The Flybuys Box Office website.

    About Expedia Affiliate Network

    Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is part of the Expedia group, the world’s leading online travel company. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travellers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 10,000 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com. Expedia Affiliate Network and the Expedia Affiliate Network logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CTS # 2029030-50