Local search engine Local.com announced the addition of extensive online booking capabilities and travel-related content to its Local.com site.

Local.com users will now have the ability to book flights, hotels, cruises, rental cars and other travel-related services powered by Expedia. Expedia is the exclusive travel partner to Local.com, and will also provide extensive travel-related content, including thousands of vacation packages, flights, hotels, cruises, car rental and destination services, which will be integrated into Local.com's search results as part of the second phase of the project expected later this year. In addition, Local.com will offer Expedia's unmatched hotel-related content, including detailed hotel property descriptions, user ratings, photos and pricing information.

"Our users inherently search for local travel-related services including hotels and other destination-oriented information. Now they will be able to not only search for these services, but actually book travel transactions directly," said Peter Hutto, vice president sales and business development, Local.com. "Local.com is committed to providing our users the best possible experience through world-class content, feature-rich search tools and targeted, highly relevant local search results. The addition of these travel-related features further demonstrates our position as one of the leaders in local search."

Local.com lists over 16 million businesses nationwide, and was recently named the industry's most relevant local search site by search technology research firm TeleMapics.