Expedia

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Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company, ahead of rivals Orbitz, Priceline, and Travelocity. Airline, hotel, and car reservations are made by customers online. Vacation packages and cruises are booked also. Expedia brands include Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire (a discount travel website), TripAdvisor (a travel search engine), eLong (a Chinese travel service), and Classic Vacations for luxury travel. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, U.S., Expedia has operations in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China. Barry Diller, Executive Chairman, controls 58% of Expedia. [1] [2]

Ad boycott against Air America Radio

Expedia refused to advertise on the progressive Air America Radio. In October 2006, around 90 companies, including Expedia, told ABC Radio Networks that they did not want their ads to play on radio stations that carried Air America Radio. [3] [4] [5]

Political contributions

Expedia gave $24,000 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 25% to Democrats and 75% to Republicans. [6]

Personnel

Key executives and 2006 pay: [7]          Options
exercised
Barry Diller, Executive Chairman    $465,000    $173,850,000
Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive Officer    N/A    N/A
Michael B. Adler, Chief Financial Officer    $580,000    N/A

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [8]

Contact details

3150 139th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States
Phone: 425-679-7200
Fax: 425-679-7240
Web: http://www.expediainc.com

References

  1. Expedia Profile, Hoovers, accessed October 2007.
  2. Expedia Profile, Yahoo, accessed October 2007.
  3. Marc Fisher, "Air America, in the Throes of Victory?", The Washington Post, December 10, 2006.
  4. "Air America on Ad Blacklist?", FAIR, October 31, 2006.
  5. "Air America Blackout", FAIR.org/ABC memo, October 25, 2006.
  6. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed October 2007.
  7. Expedia Key Executives, Yahoo Finance, accessed October 2007.
  8. Board of Directors, Expedia, accessed October 2007.