NPP and Expedia Partnership Set for Take Off

NPP and Expedia Partnership Set for Take Off 
New Travel Options Available to GPO Members 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/27/13 --  National Purchasing
Partners (NPP) and Expedia, Inc.'s namesake brand,,
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: or call 800-810-3909. 
About Expedia is the world's leading online travel
site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book
travel. (, 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, customers can get the best
rates available online for all types of travel. 
Expedia, 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. Copyright 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
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 to join.
If you would like more information or have questions, contact NPP at or call 800.810.3909. 
National Purchasing Partners
NPP Contacts:
Jody Chatalas
Director of Communications
(206) 625-7446 
Lindsey Neste
National Account Manager 
(206) 625-7447 
Expedia Contacts:
Sarah Gavin
(646) 274-3635 
Dave McNamee 
HL Group (for
(646) 274-3635 
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