Paris, France – November 30, 2012 – The Expedia, Inc. group, the world’s largest online travel company, today announced the appointment of Christopher Michau as Vice President of its Global Partner Group, a division within Expedia® Lodging Partner Services responsible for managing the group’s relationships with some of the world’s leading hotel companies. In this new role, Michau will lead an experienced team of account managers responsible for working with global hotel chains and key accounts to maximize their exposure on the more than 140 travel sites available under the Expedia, Inc. group.
Michau and his team are also responsible for collaborating with hotel companies on implementing several important Expedia-driven initiatives, including Expedia® Traveller Preference, a program designed to better serve travellers by offering them the choice of how and when to pay for their hotel bookings made on Expedia and Hotels.com® sites.
In his expanded role, Michau also now oversees the Industry Relations group whose primary focus is on fostering affinity for Expedia, Inc. among industry trade and supply audiences in the EMEA and APAC regions.
Michau joined Expedia as a Market Manager more than a decade ago, and since then has held several positions within the company’s partner-facing organization. Most recently Michau served as the Senior Director of Global Strategic Accounts where he oversaw the development and expansion of Expedia’s partnerships with hotel chains.
About The Expedia, Inc. group
The Expedia, Inc. group is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s leading online travel brands, including:
- Expedia.com®, the world’s largest full service online travel agency, with localized sites in 30 countries
- Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
- Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in nine countries on its eight sites in North America and Europe
- Egencia®, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company
- eLong™, the second largest online travel company in China
- Venere.com®, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
- Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of in-market concierge services, activities and experiences in 18 markets worldwide
- Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel, drives incremental demand and direct bookings to travel suppliers, and provides advertisers the opportunity to reach a highly valuable audience of in-market travel consumers through Expedia Media Solutions. Expedia also powers bookings for some of the world’s leading airlines and hotels, top consumer brands, high traffic websites, and thousands of active affiliates through Expedia® Affiliate Network. (NASDAQ: EXPE) For corporate and industry news and views, visit us at www.expediainc.com or follow us on Twitter @expediainc.
About Expedia Lodging Partner Services
Expedia Lodging Partner Services (LPS) is the group within Expedia responsible for sourcing hotel supply that reaches travellers in more than 70 countries through all of the Expedia, Inc. group brands, which include Expedia.com®, Hotels.com®, Hotwire®, Venere.com®, corporate travel management company Egencia®, and the Expedia® Affiliate Network.
The Expedia, Inc. group offers hotels international reach; access to multiple channels in a single marketplace; exposure that positively influences direct bookings on the hotel’s own website; and a dedicated team of market managers in cities around the world, who provide deep market insight and are committed to helping hotels increase their profitability.
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