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Egencia Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Nordic Corporate Travel Company VIA Travel

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Egencia Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Nordic Corporate Travel Company VIA Travel04:00 EDT Tuesday, March 27, 2012PARIS, LONDON, MUNICH and BRUSSELS, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire VIA Travel, the largest travel management company in the Nordics. The combined company will offer industry-leading corporate travel management solutions across the globe."We are very pleased to be joining forces with VIA Travel, the corporate travel leader in the Nordics.  VIA's strong commitment to delivering superior service to its customers is perfectly aligned to Egencia's client first approach," said Rob Greyber, President of Egencia.  "Together, VIA Travel and Egencia will provide a robust global corporate travel service to corporate clients, supported by global and local market expertise and industry-leading technology."  "Our customers are our first priority. Together with VIA Travel we will provide our clients with a rich corporate travel offering and accelerate our collective pace of technology innovation," adds Christophe Peymirat, SVP EMEA & APAC at Egencia.  "Joining one of the world's largest travel management companies is an exciting step for VIA Travel.  Egencia's global scale, technology expertise and our perfectly complementary global footprint makes the joining of our companies a great outcome for our customers and employees," said Espen Asheim, CEO of VIA Travel Group.Founded in 1997, VIA Travel Group is the largest travel management company in the Nordic countries. In addition to its core corporate travel services, the company offers services for corporate groups and meetings, leisure travel, marine transport, and more.  "Corporate travel is a growing part of Expedia, Inc.'s overall business," said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia, Inc., parent company of Egencia. "Together, VIA Travel and Egencia will provide a rich global offering to their corporate customers. We are very excited about welcoming VIA Travel to the Expedia, Inc. family and look forward to driving innovation and providing outstanding service in the corporate travel segment around the globe."Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The closing of the transaction is subject to approval from relevant competition authorities.  About Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. CompanyEgencia is the fifth largest travel management company in the world. As part of Expedia, Inc., the world's largest travel marketplace, Egencia helps businesses get ahead by offering the only truly integrated corporate travel service. Egencia's industry expertise helps drive results that matter, delivering meaningful advancements that have a real impact. By combining a powerful offline and online service, Egencia delivers a complete corporate travel offering supported by global market expertise and a best-in-class technology platform.For more information, go to http://www.egencia.com.About VIA TravelVIA Travel is a leading travel management company in the Nordic countries providing customers both online and offline optimized solutions covering a broad spectrum of travel related services including corporate travel solutions, group and meeting planning, consulting services, as well as marine, offshore and leisure travel options. VIA Travel has been owned by the Nordic private equity investment company FSN Capital since 2005. For more information, visit http://www.viatravelgroup.com.Egencia and the Egencia logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.© 2012 Egencia, LLC.  All rights reserved. CST # 2083922-50SOURCE EgenciaFor further information: For more information, press only: Americas: Sonia Reid, +1-(425)-679-7801, sreid@egencia.com. EMEA: Raphaelle Boissicat, +33-1-73-01-01-47, r.boissicat@egencia.fr