Expedia said Thursday in reporting first quarter earnings that it focused its spending on tuning up its operations, especially in its vacation rental unit HomeAway. Most of the company’s hiring was to expand the team at its lodging supply unit as well as in the sales team at Egencia, its corporate travel management agency — which saw its first-quarter reference rose 28 percent. Expedia Group’s inventory of hotels and alternative accommodations increased to more than 665,000 properties by the end of March, up 74 percent year-over-year. The company wants to add 180,000 properties this year. Get the full story at Skift and Expedia (PDF 145 KB) Read also "Troubles don't look set to cease at Trivago"