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Family-Owned Spanish Hotel Group Partners With Online Travel Global Leader

Expedia and Barcelo Hotels & Resorts sign global partnership agreement

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eTN  May 28, 2008

Expedia, Inc. today announced it has signed a long term, strategic global supply agreement with Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, a fast-growing company among the 28 top hotel chains in Europe. The agreement provides that all Barcelo properties will be available for booking on Expedia(R)- and sites worldwide. The deal marks Barcelo's first with Expedia and will support the hotel group's notable growth, including its recent expansion into countries such as Germany, United Kingdom, and Mexico, among others.

"We are partnering with Expedia at a time when Barcelo is focused on growing our business, opening in new destinations and targeting travelers throughout the world," said Sarah Despradel, Director of Distribution and Revenue for Barcelo. "Expedia's global footprint and online marketing expertise give us the ability to reach new markets and meet our growth targets."

Alex Gisbert, Regional Director of International Strategic Accounts for Expedia stated, "We are excited to be working with a respected and growing hotel group like Barcelo to implement innovative online marketing and distribution strategies that meet its business objectives. Expedia and Barcelo will work together closely to help Barcelo showcase its hotel properties to travelers all over the world."

Under the agreement, Barcelo will reach travelers throughout Europe, Asia and North America. In turn, travelers can book accommodations in all Barcelo Group hotel divisions on Expedia- and websites worldwide.

Barcelo has 167 hotels and resorts in 15 countries, which will connect to Expedia's global online travel marketplace through Expedia QuickConnect(TM), which addresses the needs of independent and small-to-medium sized hotel chains by enabling the exchange of rates, availability and booking information through a direct connection with Expedia.

Expedia and Barcelo Hotels & Resorts sign global partnership agreement

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