Expedia has reached a long-term agreement with Kimpton Hotels that gives Expedia direct connectivity to provide customers with greater access to Kimpton inventory and rates.

The Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia stated that the unique partnership gives the company preferred access to Kimpton properties in key areas such as San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, New York and Washington D.C., among other locations.

Expedia further said that the direct connect technology allows Expedia access to suppliers' central reservation systems, creating a faster transaction, more accurate bookings and more accurate pricing. Now Expedia could operate more efficiently, bringing value and convenience to its customers.

Steve Pinetti, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Kimpton said, "This relationship represents a step forward in Expedia's commitment to form long-lasting and meaningful relationships with valued suppliers. Expedia's scale and growth help fuel the growth of its supplier partners."