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It’s not just startups trying to capture the mood for developing natural language and semantic search in travel – Expedia is quietly working on its own platform. The project is being run out of a new research and development department within Expedia Affiliate Network and is currently aimed at providing partner sites with the early stages of natural language search using the mounds of data collected elsewhere around the Expedia portfolio. A sandbox site, YourVisit , is also up and running for testing (EAN admits it is a bit rough around the edges, but is in place purely for demonstration and beta purposes). The idea behind the service is simple: provide a better, more human way of searching for travel products but using the vast myriad of data behind the scenes across the Expedia empire to return highly relevant results to users.
Orbitz Worldwide's ebookers brand improves the customer experience with new technology, more inventory and more service LONDON and CHICAGO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ebookers, a leading full service online travel company in Europe, has re-launched its U.K. website (http://www.ebookers.co.uk) offering customers greater functionality and a better user experience. ebookers (http://www.ebookers.com) is a brand of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW) that operates in 13 countries across Europe and Scandinavia, including the brand Mr.
The Most Bang for Your Travel Buck: Expedia.com Releases 2012 Insiders’ Select List of the World’s Best-Reviewed Hotels Crowd-Sourced Rankings Powered by 500,000+ Qualified Traveler Reviews; Slovakian Boutique Tops 2012 List; “Green” Hotels Soaring in Popularity BELLEVUE, Wash., June 27, 2012 – Expedia.com®, the world’s leading online travel agency, today announced the Expedia® 2012 Insiders’ Select® rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. Celebrating its 6 th year, Insiders’ Select rankings are largely determined by the more than 500,000 Expedia customer reviews received during the course of 2011. Hotels that consistently deliver value, in the form of competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer service, will see that commitment rewarded in their ranking. Only 650 hotels from among the more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia sites are designated as Insiders’ Select hotels.
Liberty Interactive plans to sell 12 million shares of Expedia Inc. in a block trade for around $414 million, thus cutting its stake in the online travel company by more than half. Prior to the transaction, which is to begin today and to be completed March 30, Liberty owned about 18% of Expedia’s more than 120.8 million shares of common stock. In a transaction handled by UBS, Liberty plans to sell the shares March 27 at a re-offer price of $34.50 per share, a 2.7% discount to the $35.44 last sale price on March 26. The timing of the move comes as surprise, although rumblings and maneuverings in the longtime Barry Diller-Liberty alliance have been apparent since Liberty eliminated its stake in Diller’s IAC in December 2010 .