NPP and Expedia, Inc. Partnership Set for Take Off

NPP and Expedia, Inc. Partnership Set for Take Off

New Travel Options Available to GPO Members

SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - National
Purchasing Partners (NPP) and Expedia, Inc.'s (EXPE) namesake brand,
Expedia.com, agreed to a partnership that offers members exclusive savings
over and above Expedia's industry leading prices. The new partnership pairs
the nation's top online travel company with the country's fastest growing
group purchasing organization (GPO).

NPP helps thousands of companies save time and money through its portfolio of
discount pricing contracts. Already partnered with a wide range of prominent
national companies, NPP's many members can now access travel discounts that
are not typically available to the public at large.

Expedia, the world's leading online travel company, is creating a travel
discount program specifically for NPP members that will enable them to book
travel and access exclusive savings. The offerings are available not just for
business travel needs but are set up in a way that employees can take
advantage of the savings for their leisure travel as well. While NPP members
are usually companies, the discounts are extended to all employees of those
companies, too.

"Working with Expedia provides our members substantial savings on travel
expenses," says Andrew Forrester, President of NPP. "This partnership helps
our members book travel for fun or business. It's amazing to see all the
travel offerings from Expedia, and we know our members will be excited about
it."

"Travel fuels small businesses in a way few other investments can," says David
Doctorow, Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Brand Expedia, citing a
Travel Coalition study that shows that for every dollar invested in business
travel, companies realize $12.50 in incremental revenue and $3.80 in new
profits. "But small businesses must balance the long-term benefits of employee
travel with the very real short-term costs, which is why we are excited to
work with NPP to provide small businesses a way to reduce those expenses."

To learn more about this new contract, visit the NPP website. If your
organization isn't already an NPP member, you can join for free and there is
no obligation to purchase. For more information visit: http://www.mynpp.com or
call 800-810-3909.

Contact Information
National Purchasing Partners
http://www.mynpp.com
800.810.3909
customerservice(at)mynpp(dot)com

NPP Contacts:
Jody Chatalas
Director of Communications
(206) 625-7446

Lindsey Neste
National Account Manager
(206) 625-7447

Expedia Contacts:
Sarah Gavin
Expedia.com
(646) 274-3635
sgavin(at)expedia(dot)com

Dave McNamee
HL Group (for Expedia.com)
(646) 274-3635
dmcnamee(at)hlgrp(dot)com

Background Information

About Expedia

Expedia.com® is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of
travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com
(http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology
and the widest selection of vacations, cheap flights, cheap hotel deals, car
rental, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With
the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates
available online for all types of travel.

Expedia, Expedia.com and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or
trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or
product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their
respective owners. © 2013 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. CST # 2029030-50

About National Purchasing Partners

National Purchasing Partners is a group purchasing organization that
negotiates discount pricing on behalf of our members. Members receive
discounted rates on essential products and services from prominent industry
companies, including Verizon, Staples, Fastenal, John Deere, Sprint, Wesco and
Expedia.

Membership is free, and there is no obligation to purchase. Members have
access to items such as wireless service, electronic devices, equipment,
office and industrial supplies, furniture, printing, shipping and more.

Public entities, such as city or state governments, can utilize our
competitively-bid, publicly-awarded contracts. These contracts typically
comply with national and local procurement requirements, and save
organizations both time and money in the purchasing process.

NPP was founded in 2001, and is now one of the largest GPOs in the country.
NPP is owned by Virginia Mason Medical Center, recently named the top hospital
of the decade, and much of NPP's revenue supports medical research and other
healthcare initiatives. NPP also partners with several organizations and
associations, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs and
various other nonprofits.

NPP serves thousands of companies nationwide in a wide variety of industries,
among them construction, transportation, fire and rescue, government, energy,
legal and finance.

Registering to become a member is easy. Visit http://www.mynpp.com to join. If
you would like more information or have questions, contact NPP at
customerservice(at)mynpp(dot)com or call 800.810.3909.

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CONTACT: National Purchasing Partners
         Jody Chatalas
         Jody.Chatalas@mynpp.com
         206.625.7446