Expedia, Inc. Tells Employees To Take A Hike - Literally.

          Expedia, Inc. Tells Employees To Take A Hike - Literally.

The online travel company promotes employee well-being with a host of health
and wellness programs to encourage healthier lifestyle habits

PR Newswire

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 13, 2013

BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As one of the world's leading
online travel companies, Expedia, Inc. (EXPE) knows not to underestimate the
power of a good vacation on improving one's state of mind. So when the company
realized a few years ago that a majority of its workforce wasn't using their
fully-allotted vacation time, business leaders saw a need to practice what
they preach. In addition to implementing a revised vacation policy, Expedia,
Inc. also elected to begin offering an annual travel allowance to help fund
employees' vacation travel during their downtime.

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"Study after study was showing us that employees tend to return from vacation
feeling energized, revitalized, and more productive," said Connie Symes,
Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Expedia, Inc. "Unfortunately,
it is too common for people to feel like they can't take time away from work
because there's simply too much to do, or they fear it will reflect poorly on
their work ethic. Our intention was to dispel that notion from the Expedia,
Inc. culture and actually incent people to take time to relax and recharge.
Now, we feel like we have a happier and more well-balanced workforce which
makes us even more competitive as a travel company. We live and breathe travel
at work; we need to enjoy it personally as well." 

The updated vacation policy and travel allowance were well-received by
Expedia, Inc. employees, and today are just one of several core companywide
programs aimed at encouraging healthy behaviors. Expedia, Inc. already
provides annual fitness allowances that employees can use to put toward gym
memberships, weight loss programs, and even ski lift tickets. And earlier this
year the company launched go!, a comprehensive well-being initiative that
offers employees information, resources and tools to develop and maintain a
well-balanced lifestyle focused on factors like physical and mental health.

"Go! celebrates all opportunities – in everyday life and on our travels – to
be active and feel our best. The impetus of go! is really about making small,
sustainable changes that, when done repeatedly and in combination, lead to a
better overall quality of life. It can be taking the stairs instead of the
elevator or putting down the computer and spending time with your family,"
said Symes. "By taking steps that lead to a healthy lifestyle, people can
often significantly diminish their chances of illness and disease later in
life and be a healthy influence to those that surround them."

And for those times when illness does strike? Expedia, Inc. has an answer for
that, too. The company recently partnered with Qliance, a leading healthcare
organization operating a network of clinics that provide comprehensive primary
and preventative care services, to open an onsite clinic at its Bellevue,
Washington headquarters. Now, Expedia, Inc. employees and their dependents
have easy access to primary health care services, including Saturday hours.
The company hopes this effort will help prevent treatable symptoms from
becoming chronic issues and encourage employees to use their sick time and
medical benefits when needed. In just the first month of operation, employees
and their dependents utilized nearly 300 office visits at the clinic.

"We are really pleased at how much use the clinic has received so far," said
Symes. "It's great to see that the tools being provided are making health and
well-being more convenient and accessible. As an employer, we spend a great
deal of time attracting the best and brightest talent and we are equally
focused on helping them be active and engaged employees of Expedia, Inc. We
have a vested stake in the vitality of our workforce, and so we really can't
afford not to make preventative care a top priority for our employees."

About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. is thelargestonline travel companyin the world, with an
extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world's leading online
travel brands, including:

  oExpedia.com®, the world's largest full service online travel agency, with
    localized sites in 30 countries
  oHotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
  oHotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in nine
    countries on its eight sites in North America and Europe
  oEgencia®, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company
  oeLong™, the second largest online travel company in China
  oVenere.com®, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
  oExpedia Local Expert®, a provider of in-market concierge services,
    activities and experiences in 18 markets worldwide
  oClassic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
  oExpedia® CruiseShipCenters®, one of North America's leading retail cruise
    vacation experts

The company delivers consumers value in leisure and business travel,
drivesincremental demandand direct bookings totravel suppliers, and
provides advertisers theopportunityto reacha highly valuable audience
ofin-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
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