Booking.com, which touts itself as the world’s leading online hotel-reservation service, has signed a lease at Sunset Corporate Campus in Bellevue’s Eastgate area for its third U.S. customer-service center, according to the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County. The move puts Booking.com in the backyard of its chief competitor, Expedia, which owns Hotels.com and other travel-related websites. On its website, Booking.com says it offers bookings at more than 329,600 properties in 184 countries. Hotels.com’s site says it offers travelers some 205,000 properties worldwide. Booking.com said the Bellevue area’s concentration of multilingual residents was a key factor in its decision to select it for the new hub, which will serve markets in Asia and the Pacific Rim. Get the full story at The Seattle Times