Expedia.com.au announced the launch of holiday packages, domestic and international flights, and car rentals on the Expedia Australia website. These new offerings will complement the hotel and attraction offerings that have been featured on the site since its launch in December 2005.

"Expedia.com.au now offers Australians a one-stop shop solution for all their travel needs," said Arthur Hoffman, managing director of Expedia.com.au. "Australians are sophisticated travelers who demand the best. With our global product range, competitive prices, easy-to-use interface, and in-depth travel and destination information, Expedia.com.au transforms even the most complex travel decisions into simple bookings."

Expedia.com.au gives consumers the flexibility and choice to create and book the holiday package that best suits their needs. Expedia's dynamic packaging technology puts consumers in control by allowing them to create their own holiday packages from a broad selection of flight, hotel, car and in-destination activity options. Consumers save money by benefiting from Expedia's exclusive, negotiated holiday package prices.

"Travelers can now create their ideal holiday as a package versus booking their flights and hotels separately and can instantly see how much money they are saving," said Hoffman. "Our dynamic packaging technology has revolutionized the online travel markets in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. We're excited to introduce this technology to Australian consumers through Expedia.com.au."

The unprecedented product range available on Expedia.com.au includes more than 70,000 hotels, domestic and all major international airlines, a broad range of car rental companies, and more than 3,000 activities and attractions around the world. Expedia.com.au enables travelers to choose their perfect holiday by providing travel information and an extensive range of tools to help customers search, compare and make the right decision. For example, Expedia.com.au offers 360-degree virtual tours of rooms and facilities for popular hotels worldwide and more than 120,000 independent traveler reviews.

The Expedia.com.au interface is fast, intuitive, secure and easy to use. Expedia.com.au caters to all types of travelers: families, couples or singles. Prices are quoted in Australian dollars, and include all taxes and supplier surcharges. For customers who need help with new or existing bookings, Expedia.com.au offers access to an Australia-based call center staffed by experienced travel consultants.

Expedia.com.au, the Australian travel Web site of Expedia, Inc., launched in December 2005 with a range of hotels and attractions. Expedia, Inc., the leading online travel agency in the world, has been in the travel business for over 9 years and currently operates in nine countries. Expedia first entered the Asia Pacific region in 2004 with its investment in eLong, the second largest online travel company in China. Since that time, Expedia has continued to add resources throughout the region with the expansion of its operations in China, the launch of Expedia.com.au, and the planned launch of a Japanese travel Web site later this year.

Features of Expedia.com.au

- Visible savings to the customer when booking a flight and hotel together as part of a holiday package.
- Intuitive user interface that allows customers to easily compare flights (domestic and international) across different airlines based on travel preferences.
- A broad range of car rental partners with pricing that incorporates all taxes and fees upfront so customers can easily compare the total cost of different car rental options.
- A wide selection of online tools and resources that help Australian travelers choose the right hotel: 360-degree virtual tours of hotels featuring crisp, rotating images of hotel rooms and facilities, allowing travelers to experience the hotels before they book; over 120,000 independent traveler reviews of hotels by Expedia customers after actual hotel stays. Expedia traveler opinions provide relevant, timely, unbiased and authentic information about properties; easy-to-use tools to narrow search results based on specific needs or requirements, such as high-speed Internet access, swimming pool, free parking, pet friendly and more.

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