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Expedia enters India; launches Expedia.co.in

US-based online travel company Expedia, which recorded gross bookings of $20 billion in 2007, has entered the India market with the launch of Expedia.co.in. The website would offer bookings of nearly 80,000 hotels and over 3,000 destination activities and attractions worldwide, Expedia has said.

US-based online travel company Expedia, which recorded gross bookings of $20 billion in 2007, has entered the India market with the launch of Expedia.co.in. The website would offer bookings of nearly 80,000 hotels and over 3,000 destination activities and attractions worldwide, Expedia has said.

“The launch of Expedia India provides us an additional foothold as we continue to invest aggressively in Asia to match the enormous scale and potential of the region,” Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Expedia, has said. “Our goal is to grow our international revenue to half of our total revenue, and burgeoning travel markets like India are key to achieving that goal.”

“Indian online travel market is estimated to be worth over $2 billion for 2007-08 and is growing rapidly,” Sharat Dhall, managing director, Expedia.co.in, has said. “Expedia is the global leader in online travel, operating in 17 countries, and last year alone, we helped more than 26 million people find a room for the night and put more than 22 million travellers on airplanes. We are very excited to help Indian travellers research, plan and book their perfect holiday.”

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