hotels.com en español Welcomes Spanish-Speaking Travelers

hotels.com en español Welcomes Spanish-Speaking Travelers

New Online Travel Site Built to Satisfy Needs of Hispanic Consumers Who Prefer Spanish Content


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Dallas, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 28, 2007–Finding the right hotel room at the best price is a top concern for many travelers. But searching for the right accommodations has not always been an easy task for those who prefer to book in Spanish. Now, hotels.com – the expert in booking hotels online and on the phone – is making the process easier for Spanish-speaking travelers with its new comprehensive site, hotels.com en español (http://espanol.hotels.com) and dedicated customer service center (800-316-4145). The site has been designed specifically to meet the needs and interests of Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States.

“We have a long history of serving Spanish-speaking customers through our points of sale in Latin America and Spain, and are pleased to build out our offering to assist travelers in the United States,” said Joaquin Tamez, vice president of strategy for hotels.com en español. “Our new site builds on our heritage to offer an in-language experience while also delivering the rich content, searching capability and ease of use our customers have come to expect. hotels.com en español is the ideal resource for anyone planning a hotel stay who prefers to book in Spanish.”

Site Features

hotels.com en español provides a complete Spanish-language online travel experience to assist users in every stage of travel planning, from researching property information to booking rooms. Features include the following:

— Access to more than 70,000 properties worldwide, including hotels, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts

— The ability to organize and sort hotels by name, price, star rating and hotels.com picks to further refine the search

— The option to view side-by side comparisons of several properties at once

— Full property descriptions, photos and virtual tours

— Mapping functionality to view hotels based on their proximity to local landmarks and transportation centers, and measure walking and driving distances between points

— Special promotions and sales for a variety of properties, including last-minute deals

hotels.com en español users also benefit from Flexible Booking, which enables them to change or cancel their reservation without any fee from hotels.com. The company’s Price Match Guarantee provides additional peace of mind to customers when they make their travel arrangements.*

Travelers who have questions, need additional assistance, or simply prefer to book by phone may call 800-316-4145 for a Spanish-speaking agent. There is never an additional charge to book by phone, and callers receive the same property rates that are available online.

For more information or to book accommodations, visit http://espanol.hotels.com or call 800-316-4145.

About hotels.com

hotels.com(R) is a leading provider of lodging worldwide, offering reservation services through its own web sites (including hotels.com and others), its interactive affiliate network (https://www.IAN.com) and its toll-free call centers (1-800-2-HOTELS). For more than 15 years, hotels.com has set the standard in providing travelers with a broad selection of properties, and the tools they need to select the right one for each trip. Our hotel experts evaluate properties thoroughly to give travelers an accurate understanding of hotel guestrooms, features, amenities, and more. Currently, hotels.com offers travelers more than 70,000 properties worldwide, including traditional hotels, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts. hotels.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE).

* Visit http://espanol.hotels.com for full details on the hotels.com en español Flexible Booking and Price Match Guarantee programs.

hotels.com, the hotels.com logo and the Benny the Bellman logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries of hotels.com, LP, a subsidiary of hotels.com. Other logos or products and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

Hispanic Adults and the Internet

— More than half (51 percent) of Hispanic Internet users prefer Spanish-language content.

— 29 percent report getting more of the information they need when using a Spanish-language website.

— 26 percent spend at least half of their time on the Internet in Spanish.

— 13.9 million Hispanic adults are online.

Source: Forrester Research, Making the Case for a Spanish- Language Website, 5/07

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hotels.com en español Welcomes Spanish-Speaking Travelers