One of the largest hotel catalogs in the world, Expedia Affiliate Network, is now available on the Multiplus marketplace, offering an additional way to accrue membership points
CarTrawler, the leading online travel technology platform, has today announced a partnership with Hotels.com™, the online accommodation booking website. This deal will enable partners of both Hotels.com and CarTrawler to sell car hire, private transfers and now hotels through the direct implementation of CarTrawler’s existing technology platform, which is already used by 95 airlines and 2,000 travel retailers around the world.
Announcing the launch, Bobby Healy, Chief Technology Officer of CarTrawler, said:
“This partnership is about removing technology barriers. CarTrawler’s fast-growing partner base already has access to the world’s best-converting ancillary platform, and they have been asking us to broaden our ancillary offering. This development shows we have listened. With both ground transportation and the global accommodation offering of Hotels.com covered in one simple, white label integration, our partners have a one-stop-shop to quickly and effectively implement all non-air ancillaries.”
Adam Jay, SVP Marketing and Product for Hotels.com brand, commented:
“We are excited to work closely with CarTrawler to help travel partners maximise ancillary revenues across accommodation and ground transportation. Hotels.com provides a high-converting and mobile-ready B2B platform, selling a full range of global accommodation, and this collaboration with CarTrawler is a very natural step for both companies as we look to make things simple and profitable for partners.”
News of the partnership follows the recent launch of Hotels.com™ for Partners, a new online platform that allows partners such as airlines and travel companies to white label or co-brand with Hotels.com™, and access its huge list of hotel rates and availabilities, increasing customer loyalty and spend as a result.
Hotels.com for Partners brings together the experience, innovation and expertise from industry leading Hotels.com while delivering the technical expertise and relationships that come from the Expedia® Affiliate Network team. The platform is unique as it offers partners only accommodation options that deliver the highest conversion rates, thanks to extensive and rigorous testing by the Hotels.com technical team. Furthermore, partners benefit from a suite of easy-to-integrate tools that deliver relevant properties and a seamless booking experience from start to finish.
Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) has today launched Hotels.com™ for Partners, a new online platform that allows partners such as airlines and travel companies to white label or co-brand with Hotels.com™, and access its huge list of hotel rates and availabilities, increasing customer loyalty and traveler spend as a result.
Hotels.com for Partners brings together the experience, innovation and expertise from industry leading Hotels.com while delivering the technical expertise and relationships that come from the EAN team. The platform is unique as it offers partners only accommodation options that deliver the highest conversion rates, thanks to extensive and rigorous testing by the Hotels.com technical team. Furthermore, partners benefit from a suite of easy-to-integrate tools that deliver relevant properties and a seamless booking experience from start to finish.
Hotels.com for Partners provides partners with the tools and technology that help millions of travelers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. Customers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of high quality, competitively priced hotels located in the partner’s key destinations, with great deals and package rates for consumers who have made a flight booking.
Alongside the extensive property portfolio from Hotels.com, partners will also benefit from the full customer support and product services provided by EAN, whose team help partners with the integration, optimization, data science and account management of the platform.
Johan Svanstrom, President of the Hotels.com and Expedia Affiliate Network brands commented:
“We pride ourselves on the simple booking process and the large selection of properties we offer today’s modern traveler. This latest collaboration between Hotels.com and EAN brings together two fast-growing, truly global players in the travel market, giving us the ability to provide an even more robust business solution to partners via our new platform.
“Our new product will give partners a high-converting, mobile ready solution, with the added benefit of access to the combined expertise and technical support from Hotels.com and EAN.”
One partner who has been trialing Hotels.com for Partners is Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), Switzerland’s national airline, which flies to 46 countries from its bases in Zurich and Geneva.
Parand Rohani, Senior Manager, Head of Online Sales Development at Swiss said:
“We are delighted to be working with EAN and using their Hotels.com for Partners technology. We are always working hard to improve our accommodation offering, and the platform offers tried and tested options that we know appeal to our customer base.”
Hotels.com for Partners provides partners with the opportunity to increase their customer loyalty and traveler spend with the best in partner-to-partner and partner-to-customer experience through ready built technology.
For more information on Hotels.com for Partners or Expedia Affiliate Network, please visit EAN.com. For partner inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, is proud to announce that Fritz Oberhummer, Senior Account Manager, EMEA Sales, has been accepted as a member of the Phocuswright Class of 2016 35 Young Leaders.
Hotelplan Suisse customers can take advantage of 150,000 more accommodation opportunities with immediate effect – and at attractive rates. Thanks to the cooperation with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) and the “Player-Hub” technology, the Swiss tour operator can expand both its B2C and B2B offerings.
Expedia Affiliate Network confirms presence at ITB Berlin’s 50th Anniversary Show
Visit Ariane Gorin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Expedia Affiliate Network and David Fulton, VP EMEA Sales, Expedia Affiliate Network at Hall 9, booth 322 at ITB Berlin.
Clients to benefit from additional rooms in key locations
Barcelona, 17.11.2015. Today at IBTM World, global meetings and events agency MCI announced an exciting collaboration with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of Expedia Inc., one of the world’s leading online travel companies with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world’s most trusted online travel brands.
EAN will provide additional accommodation options for people wanting to attend MCI-organised congresses in locations with a lack of availability or high levels of market compression during peak times.
“EAN’s innovative service will be seamlessly integrated into MCI’s registration and housing technology, allowing for a frictionless single booking and payment process for over 350,000 conference delegates annually,” specified Richard Torriani, MCI Group Global Vice President Congress Management.
“We are not replacing our valued relationships with partner hotels and contracted room blocks - we are complementing them,” said Sebastien Tondeur, CEO MCI Group. “Our partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network adds a whole new layer of possibilities for clients who would like to grow attendance at their events and congresses, but who are currently limited by a lack of traditional accommodation for attendees.”
“We are pleased to be able to provide additional inventory and availability for MCI events and meetings,” states David Fulton, VP EMEA Sales for EAN. “Given MCI’s presence in various countries, partnering with them will also help to further our goal of expanding our footprint.”
Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, announced today that Eva Ducruezet, Director of Strategic Initiatives, was selected as one of Phocuswright’s 35 Under 35 in the Phocuswright Young Leaders Summit. The Young Leaders Summit recognizes rising stars in the travel industry and encourages executive development through experienced guest speakers, networking and an incubatory environment.
The summit showcases the important role young leaders play in the future growth of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The 35 people selected represent an elite group of ambitious professionals under the age of 35.
This year’s summit will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, from November 16th through 19th in conjunction with The Phocuswright Conference – the top travel industry event.
Ariane Gorin, EAN’s Senior Vice President and General Manager states, “Eva is a bright star at EAN and we are very proud that she has been selected for Phocuswright’s 35 Under 35. This program is a great way to build bridges across organizations in our dynamic fast changing travel industry.”
Eva echoes, “I am appreciative of the recognition and excited to be part of such an elite group.”
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Eva Ducruezet drives strategic planning and initiatives for the company; working across the organization to identify and address partner needs, new market segments, and required product capabilities in order to fuel growth. Since joining the Expedia group three years ago, Eva has worked on strategic initiatives in both B2C (Hotels.com) and B2B (Expedia Affiliate Network). Eva holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
The young professionals selected to participate in the summit are true achievers. Phocuswright’s committee looks for smart, dedicated young people that are excited about working in travel. The Young Leaders Summit provides the platform for these key travel industry professionals to network with and be part of a collaborative and diverse community of peers.
Eva and other representatives of EAN, including Ariane Gorin, will be present at the Phocuswright conference in November. Other team members present at the show will include Wendy Aird, VP Sales, NAMER EAN, Ant Drewery, EAN’s VP of Technology, and Liz Kistruck, EAN’s VP of Finance.
Singapore, 19 October 2015 - Representatives of Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies, have opted to attend the annual ITB Asia conference. The event will be held over three days at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 21-23 October.
EAN will be joining other Expedia Inc. brands such as Hotels.com and Expedia at booth B53 and hope to take advantage of meeting new and existing partners at the show that is touted as “Asia’s leading travel trade show.”
Aileen Chan, Senior Business Development Director for EAN, states, “EAN is excited to be part of the ITB Asia show. I have attended the show for many years and can truly say that it is one of the best shows in Asia to meet fellow industry professionals and potential partners.”
Joining Ms. Chan will be Christopher Williams, Vice President and Managing Director, Sales APAC, David Asahara, Senior Director, Account Management, Manish Gajria, Senior Director, Product, and others at the show in Singapore this week. For more information, check out EAN online at www.ean.com or stop by booth B53.
Billian IT Solutions is proud to announce that it will be joining forces with the Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) to allow Travelflow customers access to a wide range of hotel content.
Providing clients with a cost-effective way of accessing a database of 230,000 hotels across 27,000 destinations around the world, the move further cements Billian IT as an industry leader in the travel technology sector.
EAN shares resources with a number of high-profile brands, including Hotels.com®, trivago®, Egencia® and Venere®.
Billian IT Solutions provides internet booking engines and other online travel technology to all types and sizes of leisure and business travel agents worldwide.
The move will allow Billian access to over 100,000 active promotions at any given time through the API, which boasts 35 languages and 24 currencies, and will be fully integrated into the Travelflow tool.
“Billian is pleased to be working with Expedia Affiliate Network. We are confident that this move will advance us further in our goal of being THE industry leader,” states Victoria Jones, Director at Billian IT Solutions.
David Fulton, VP EAN Sales, EMEA, echoes Mr. Smith, “EAN welcomes the partnership with Billian IT Solutions and looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
For more information of what the EAN can offer Travelflow customers, please contact us on email@example.com.
Expedia, Travelocity and Hotwire sites will feature Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats
BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia, Inc. EXPE, +0.14% announced today renewal of its agreement with American Airlines Group AAL, -0.65% for distribution of American Airlines and US Airways flights on Expedia, Travelocity and Hotwire sites. In addition, the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) and AA Vacations announced entry into a partnership for EAN to supply hotel content via www.aa.com.
The agreement also adds provisions for Expedia®, Travelocity® and Hotwire® sites to offer paid seating options to millions of leisure customers shopping and booking travel through select sites within the Expedia, Inc. brand portfolio beginning in late 2015. These new options will include Main Cabin Extra seats that provide fliers up to six inches of additional leg room and priority boarding as well as Preferred Seats with standard legroom in a more favorable cabin location. Expedia, Inc. customers will be able to easily identify, select and purchase these paid seating options via the online seat map.
Commenting on the agreement, Greg Schulze, senior vice president of Global Tour & Transport at Expedia, Inc. said, "We are thrilled that our expanded agreement with American Airlines Group enables us to offer a broader set of options so our travelers can find the perfect trip and seat across any of the nearly 350 destinations served by American Airlines."
Switzerland-based city travel specialist travel.ch has entered into partnership with the US online travel portal Expedia® Affiliate Network. Under the deal, travel.ch clients will now be able to access 70,000 additional hotels – and benefit from even lower prices.
Zurich, 3 June 2015 – With effect from May, clients of the Swiss online agency travel.ch have been able to choose from more than 70,000 additional city hotels. In the top destinations Barcelona, Berlin, London and Paris, the portfolio has been increased by some 15%: and in Rome 35%. As a result of its cooperation deal with the US-based Expedia®Affiliate Network (EAN), travel.ch is now able to offer a choice of some 195,000 city hotels.
For clients of travel.ch, the partnership with EAN will ensure not only a wider choice of flight-hotel offers, but also improved availability and even more attractive prices.
“Expedia Affiliate Network has a long tradition of working with Online Travel agencies and we are now very excited about the partnership with one of the leading Swiss OTAs. With EAN’s access to strong inventory in top city destinations we are looking forward to helping travel.ch to optimize the offering even further”, states Cressida Sergeant, EAN Brand Business Development Director, EMEA.”
More background information, more reliable ratings
Further added value for travel.ch clients now includes more detailed hotel descriptions, as well as additional picture material. Inka Nobel: "Concerning French-language hotel descriptions in particular, we have already begun displaying considerably more content and improved quality".
October 2014 saw the launching by travel.ch of its new website, including the integration of global data from online reputation management leader "TrustYou". The aim has been to create for travel.ch clients an enhanced reliable overview of hotel ratings. "TrustYou" is the world's largest provider of hotel evaluations, and specializes in seeking, analysing and filtering millions of opinions on the largest portals worldwide. The result – a comprehensive, conclusive and top quality cross-section of all the ratings which guests leave after staying at a hotel.
The Multichannel travel company with presence in Latin America, incorporates the content of Expedia Affiliate Network hotels to contribute to the care and satisfaction of its passengers
BUENOS AIRES, May 29, 2015 - Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) is working with almundo.com to provide technology solutions and access to global hotel content in order to strengthen their hotel marketing and booking content for hotels and vacation packages; available in their multiple service channels that almundo.com has in 18 countries in Latin America.
From H2 2015, the portfolio of hotels and software solutions will enable almundo.com to expand its current offering of hotels on their website and branches in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
“We are excited to start this relationship with almundo.com. Almundo.com is a young and dynamic company and we are thrilled to support them in their national and international expansion,” said Alfonso Paredes, Senior Director Expedia Affiliate Network brand. “We are sure that with the hotel inventory, the quality of the content and commercial proposition, we will be able to help almundo.com achieve their goals and become even more successful in the travel business”.
“The signed agreement between EAN and us proves our vision of building the best hotel content offer for our clients. Their status of strategic suppliers confirms our position and will to invest in long term relations with key actors of the industry”, stood out Juan Pablo Lafosse, CEO of almundo.com.
London. Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), who has long attended Phocuswright events in the United States, is expanding its footprint to the European market by including the Phocuswright Europe conference held in Dublin 12–14 May 2015 to its list of must-attend shows.
EAN, a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies, will not only sponsor the Phocuswright Europe show but will also be distributing notepads during one of the main sessions. EAN hopes to meet with current partners and has scheduled meetings with many prospective partners in what might prove to be another globally attended show by Phocuswright.
With the theme “Viewpoints that expand your world,” Phocuswright Europe is looking to draw attention to new channels, new devices, social content and more inciting the travel leaders of today to continue to remain relevant.
Bart van Eijck, VP of Sales, EMEA for EAN brand, states, “EAN is excited to be part of the Phocuswright Europe show and we look forward to many years of continued sponsorship and success at the conference.”
Mr. van Eijck will be joined by Ant Drewery, VP Technology, Manish Gajria, Sr. Director, Product Management, Belinda Hindmarsh, Sr. Director Sales Operations, and others all with the EAN brand at the show in Dublin next week. For more information, check out EAN online at www.ean.com.
Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) will attend the Arabian Travel Market conference in Dubai next week, 4-7 May, continuing their long-standing history with the show.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been running for over 20 years and continues to be a must-attend show in the Middle East. With EAN’s increased focus on this region over the past five years, it is pertinent to not only attend but also to meet with key figures in the travel space that are certain to be present.
Alex Morris, Director of Affiliate Partnerships for EAN, states, “The interest in ATM continues to grow year by year in the travel industry, with key players from around the globe considering it to be one of the best shows to attend all year. EAN looks forward to yet again participating, continuing to build on our existing relationships, and to meet with new players in the field.”
EAN will have a shared space with several other Expedia brands. They can be found at stand TT7455. For more information, check out EAN online at www.ean.com.
EventBlocks, a comparison site for hotel rates at large events, announces its partnership with Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of Expedia, Inc., one of the world’s largest online travel companies. The deal will see EAN powering EventBlocks’ inventory when searching for event hotel bookings.
EventBlocks currently features over 7,500 events throughout the United States, with plans to expand to over 20,000 worldwide by the end of the year. EAN’s API allows EventBlocks users to compare private event rates side-by-side with other nearby hotels to help travelers find options with lower rates or better ratings.
“We are extremely excited to be working with EAN. At its core, EventBlocks is about empowering choice, and EAN’s access to extensive inventory will give our users seamless access to the world’s best hotels” remarks Greg Young, founder of EventBlocks. “From our extensive research, we’ve found that the ‘group rates’ advertised by many large events are seldom the best option available. At over 90% of events in major U.S. cities, we’ve been able to find a cheaper rate within walking distance, often with savings up to 50%. This new partnership now allows travelers to compare all of these options in one place.”
Erik Hobbs of EAN expresses, “EAN is proud to be in partnership with EventBlocks, and we look forward to a long lasting fruitful relationship.”
For more information on EventBlocks, please go to www.eventblocks.com.
Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) has offered their call center backend tool, Voyager, to Fness for the purpose of increasing their service level and response time to their customers. Previously, Fness would contact the EAN call center to get many of customer requests completed whereas Fness is now able to complete most of the requests on their own. The response time to the customers has increased substantially.
According to EAN, offering Voyager is due to FNess’ significant growth in the past three and a half years of partnership. Fness contracted with their downstream agents of more than 2,000 after their initial partnership with EAN.
Ms. Yumiko Abe, Sr. Account Manager with EAN, mentioned that, “EAN is continuously looking forward to Fness’ growth and is excited to give them our tool to support their customer service level.”
EAN has given this tool to approximately ten partners in the APAC region, two of whom are in Japan. Fness is the only partner in the offline retail segment.
According to Mr. Katsumi Sakurai, Fness’ Hotel Director, “We started using Voyager in the beginning of March and the call volume to EAN has decreased significantly where our team is now more able to utilize their time on complex customer requests.” Fness will be further looking forward to increasing their service level to their customers.
Mr. Katsumi Sakurai says, “EasyRez, our booking site, aims to become the number one online agent booking tool in Japan. We are currently the third most useful booking tool but will be optimizing our tool to add many other functions such as ‘search by map’ as our first step towards our goal.”
Mr. Takashi Morimoto, Account Manager EAN, mentions that, “We are also here to support their EasyRez enhancements to become the most user-friendly tool in the country.”
EAN has partnered with Fness in 2011 to expand their B-to-B model into Japan where Fness started EasyRez. EasyRez contains most of Expedia’s global hotel inventories open to Fness users.
In addition to owning EasyRez, Fness is proactively working hard through daily sales and marketing to get their site to be used by countless numbers of travel agencies in Japan.
エクスペディア・グループでアフィリエイト方式によるホテル客室販売事業をおこなうエクスペディア・アフィリエイト・ネットワーク(Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN))は、このほどエフネスの旅行会社向け宿泊施設予約サイト「Rikisha Easy REZ（ERZ）」に、EANのコールセンターのバックエンドシステム「Voyager」を開示した。これにより、従来はエフネスがEANのコールセンターに電話で問い合わせていたさまざまな案件がERZ側でシステム対応可能になり、取引先に対しても迅速なレスポンスなどが可能になるという。
Brings time-to-market benefits, reduced costs and hotel retailing innovation
31 March 2015 – (Dublin, IRELAND) – Leading online technology partner to the world’s largest travel brands, OpenJaw Technologies a Guestlogix company, today announced that Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN), a division of one of the world’s largest online travel companies, Expedia, Inc., has joined its Preferred Supplier Programme.
Under the agreement, EAN-distributed hotel supply is available within the OpenJaw t-Retail Platform standard product. EAN hotels can be seamlessly integrated into a single retailing platform for hotel-only, cross-sell, up-sell and dynamic packaging. The quality, breadth and depth of EAN supply ensures that travel retailers can easily build compelling online shops that promote customer acquisition and retention.
“Effective hotel selling requires the application of sound strategy and a flexible, single platform approach,”said Chris Wallis, Director Sales, Retail & Transport at Expedia Affiliate Network. “Having worked closely with OpenJaw over many years, it is clear that OpenJaw leads the way and we are delighted to have officially joined the Preferred Supplier Programme.”
The OpenJaw Preferred Supplier Programme recruits the world’s best suppliers of travel products and services, such as hotel, car, insurance and payments. By forging stronger ties with these providers, the Programme brings significant time-to-market benefits and reduced setup costs to OpenJaw customers, looking to effectively retail a broad range of products. The strong partner approach ensures active sharing and leveraging of best-practice for more effective travel retailing.
“Expedia Affiliate Network is a leading provider of global hotel supply and we welcome them as a flagship member of our Preferred Supplier Programme”,said Kieron Branagan, Managing Director, OpenJaw. “Both parties are not only delighted to bring immediate benefits to OpenJaw customers, but are also committed to applying our respective expertise for mutual innovation.”
The OpenJaw t-Retail Platform enables airlines and other large travel companies to take advantage of a full range of hotel retailing strategies. It includes functionality for dynamic sourcing and selling of hotel inventory. Full product management and business model control is put firmly in the hands of the Product Managers, enabling the nimble reactivity required in today’s constantly changing markets.
Expedia Affiliate Network hotel offers available in peakwork's Player-Hub network Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) will be working with peakwork’s Player-Hub technology: EAN uses the fast growing distribution platform in order to sell hotel only offers and hotel products for dynamic packaging. With EAN the wide range of hotel offers in the Player-Hub network increases - more than 120,000 hotels worldwide will be added to the data pool available for dynamic packaging and hotel only distribution.
EAN provides hotel offers in the Player-Hub network with a special focus on 3-5 star hotels and hotels from the leading hotel chains, including offers from city centre and beach hotels. Worldwide offers are available in destinations in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia for all relevant selling markets. peakwork customers benefit from choices that broaden the product range, not only for common destinations but also for product niches. Travel packages are individually adaptable and can be offered using various distribution channels, made up from individual travel portals via multi-operator travel agencies through to meta-search engines.
“Bart van Eijck, EAN VP Sales, EMEA states, "Working with peakwork in this exciting time of increased international distribution allows EAN to offer our rates in dynamic packages utilizing their new technology. We anticipate this meeting the needs and demand of the package and hotel only operators."
Ralf Usbeck, CEO of peakwork, is happy to have gained EAN as a strong strategic partner: "Our partners, tour operators as well as OTAs, can use the extensive and wide-ranging product portfolio to extend their core business products as well as longtail products for different distribution channels."
An up-to-date overview of the product portfolio can be found in peakwork's hotel pool at http://www.peakwork.de/produkt/edf-hotelpool.
Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) has identified the ITB Berlin tradeshow as a key component to future partnership expansion and existing relationship growth. ITB Berlin, which takes place on 4-8 March, will attract more that 22,000 convention participants from across the globe including many existing EAN partners.
“ITB Berlin allows EAN yet another opportunity to get in front of our partners, listen to their needs and wants, and to share what’s new in 2015,” explains Bart van Eijck, vice president Sales, EMEA.
“While EAN has long been participants at the show, this will be our first year hosting a stand. We look forward to meeting with many of our guests at our booth.”
Joining Mr. van Eijck in Berlin will be nine other representatives from the company including Ariane Gorin, EAN’s senior vice president and general manager. In addition to meeting with several key partners, Ms. Gorin will be presenting an award at the European Group Travel Awards on Thursday evening from 7pm on 5 March at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Find Ms. Gorin, Mr. van Eijck, and the rest of the EAN team at the Expedia booth located in Hall 9, booth 322.