Future growth and what technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality bring were hot topics at the Expedia Partner Conference earlier this month at the Bellagio here. Expedia, initially a division of Microsoft, was founded by a group led by Rich Barton to pursue a big idea, said Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia's CEO: "To empower travelers with technology." Barton, who attended this year's Partners Conference, said he built what was essentially a startup within a large corporation. In 1999, he raised $100 million in an initial public offering for Expedia and spent it on a branding campaign that helped introduce more consumers to the concept. Now, Expedia has set a goal of becoming the world's first $100 billion travel agency, something Khosrowshahi said the OTA is on track to achieve in the next few years by continuing its strategy of mixing organic growth with acquisitions. Get the full story at Travel Weekly