Spokeswoman Katie Deines said some of the layoffs stem from organizational changes announced last fall. Offering few details, Deines released a statement saying the company "has eliminated positions in various groups and geographies across the organization in order to reduce duplication of efforts and build a more efficient company structure. "Some positions have been relocated elsewhere within the company, and other positions have been eliminated," she said.

As of last year, Expedia employed about 1,700 in Seattle and 6,100 worldwide, excluding Chinese subsidiary eLong. Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said in late September that the company expected to grow in Seattle to about 2,000 employees within three to five years. Those expectations now appear on hold amid a worldwide travel slump.

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