Expedia Inc. said Friday it will invest in a Canada-based seller of cruise vacations, increasing its presence in the offline distribution of trips.

Expedia spokeswoman Katie Deines did not disclose how much money the company is investing in CruiseShipCenters International Inc., which is a private company with 100 retail locations mainly in Canada.

She said the company, which has an average 30 percent growth rate annual for more than a decade, is looking to expand primarily in the United States.

The partnership will help with Expedia's visibility in the cruise industry.

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