as Accredited Online Distributor
|BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – January 9, 2006 – Hilton Hotels Corporation
(HHC) announced today that it has accredited Hotwire.com, effective December
29, 2005, as an online opaque distributor of participating Hilton Family
of Hotels room inventory. Hotwire, an operating company of Expedia, Inc.
(NASDAQ: EXPE), is a leading value-oriented travel site that works with
suppliers to distribute excess inventory to consumers.
Hotwire, which had received temporary HHC Accreditation through 12/31/05, is now part of a growing roster of HHC-accredited online third-party booking channels that includes: Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz.com, Lodging.com, Cheaptickets.com, Travelweb.com and Priceline.com. The HHC Distribution Standard and Online Accreditation Process that was implemented in June 2005 requires participating Hilton Family hotels to work solely with HHC-accredited distributors when offering inventory.
“We are very pleased that Hotwire, as a fully accredited online opaque distributor, has agreed to our accreditation criteria/guidelines, and embraced our approach,” said Bala Subramanian, senior vice president, distribution and brand integration, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “We are excited to further enhance our relationship with Hotwire by providing access to participating Hilton Family hotels.”
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,300 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world’s best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations Club and Homewood Suites by Hilton. For more information about our company, please visit our corporate website at www.hiltonfamily.com.
Kendra Walker/Kathy Shepard
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|Hilton Hotels Corporation Accredits Travelweb As a Distributor of Online Room Inventory for Participating Hilton Hotels / December 2005|
|Hilton Hotels Corp. Initiates Distribution Standard and Online Accreditation Process for Third Party Online Travel Sites / Expedia.com and Hotels.com Are the First Fully Accredited Distributors, Hotwire.com, Priceline.com, and Travelweb.com Have Received Temporary Accreditation / June 2005|
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