Expedia Worldwide president Scott Durchslag departs

Scott Durchslag has resigned as president of Expedia Worldwide after just 13 months on the job. Durchslag previously worked as chief operating officer of Skype and corporate vice president at Motorola. The departure from the online travel giant is somewhat surprising in part because Durchslag just last month was an active participant in Expedia’s media day…. Read More


Is Google playing unfair in online travel?

One of the big fears over Google’s purchase earlier this year of ITA Software was that the search giant would favor its own travel search results when consumers were looking to purchase tickets. Now, that fear is becoming a reality. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal today, Google is now showcasing its… Read More


TripAdvisor takes flight from Expedia as a $4 billion company

After months of preparation, Expedia is finally waving goodbye to TripAdvisor. The companies announced today that they’ve successfully split operations, with TripAdvisor becoming an independent publicly-traded company on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol TRIP. “This is a truly exciting time for TripAdvisor, and we are eager to continue to innovate on behalf of our… Read More

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Former Expedia execs unveil Fitropolis, a guide for gym rats

Maybe it’s because of the growing obesity problem in the U.S. Or, perhaps, cubicle-bound techies just want to spend their free time thinking about ways to get healthier. Whatever the reason, I’ve seen a huge boom in startup ideas in what’s best described as the “health 2.0″ space this year. On Monday, for example, I… Read More


Expedia shareholders approve TripAdvisor spin-off

Expedia shareholders have approved the spin-off of TripAdvisor, the online travel review site. The deal — expected to occur on December 20th — will be preceded by a one-for-two reverse stock split of Expedia stock immediately prior to the spin-off. TripAdvisor, which will be based in Newton, Massachusetts, is expected to begin trading on the… Read More


Shares of Expedia slip after weakness in airfare bookings

Shares of Expedia fell more than five percent in after hours trading Thursday after the Bellevue-based online travel company posted earnings that disappointed Wall Street. The company boosted revenue by 15 percent and net income by 19 percent, but shares still fell. Revenue for the third quarter was $1.1 billion, up from $987 million during… Read More


From CD-ROM to dot-com, Expedia celebrates 15 years

Fifteen years ago, Expedia took flight under the wings of Microsoft as a maker of CD-ROM travel guides. Today, it is a giant of online travel, with more than 2,000 employees in Bellevue and a market value of $7.7 billion. Expedia celebrated 15 years in business last week with presentations by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and… Read More


Expedia CFO Adler to step down

Expedia Chief Financial Officer Michael Adler is packing his bags, and stepping down after leading the Bellevue company’s financial operations for six years. No reason was given for the resignation in today’s SEC filing, but Adler does plan to stay with the online travel company through the spin-off of Trip Advisor. He’ll be replaced by Mark… Read More


Groupon Getaways launches travel deals with Expedia

Early last month, Expedia and Groupon announced plans to work on a new discount service for online travel. Well, Groupon Getaways — as the service is known — just went live with deals for the El Dorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe; the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City and other vacation… Read More


Expedia, Groupon plan to partner on travel deals

One of the veterans of online commerce, Bellevue-based travel giant Expedia, is announcing a partnership with daily deals site Groupon today to offer discounts on travel. The agreement is being announced today at the D9 conference, and Tricia Duryee of AllThingsD has the early scoop on the news. The companies say they will be able… Read More


Expedia dials up virtual agent to assist with customer service

You may have already encountered Jenn, the friendly virtual travel agent who answers questions about everything from mileage plans to flight reservations on Alaska Airlines’ Web site. Now, that same technology — developed by a small startup in Spokane — will be coming to the pages of Expedia this fall. “The virtual agent will be… Read More


Expedia boosts stake in Chinese travel site eLong

Expedia is investing $41 million in eLong, the second biggest online travel company in China, as part of an effort for the Bellevue company to get a bigger foothold in the country. Expedia had already owned a portion of the 12-year-old company, and with the latest investment it now owns a 56 percent share. In… Read More


Profits fall at Expedia as online travel giant invests in technology

Amazon.com isn’t the only big tech company that’s decided to cut into profits in order to invest in technology.  Expedia, the giant Bellevue online travel agency, said today that its operating income slumped nine percent during the first quarter as it invested in “next generation technology” and international operations. Like Amazon.com, Expedia’s revenues continued to… Read More


Expedia to split into two companies, separating out TripAdvisor

Expedia announced today that it plans to separate into two publicly-traded companies, one which will operate the more traditional online travel agency and the other which will be focused around the travel review site TripAdvisor.  The Bellevue company’s board has preliminarily approved the spin-off, but the deal still faces a shareholder vote. The transaction is… Read More


TripAdvisor hacked: Member email list stolen

TripAdvisor, the online travel review site which is owned by Expedia, notified users today that a portion of its member email list had been stolen. The company didn’t say how many emails were affected, but noted in a message on its Web site that they are taking the incident “very seriously.” “We’ve identified the vulnerability,… Read More


Now Playing: Post-it Wars

There’s a lot of troubling stuff happening in the world right now, and people are looking for new ways to add some levity to their lives. Which helps explain what has been happening for the past couple weeks on 108th Ave. NE in Bellevue: Post-it Wars. Office dwellers from companies including Expedia, DreamBox Learning, Apptio… Read More