Expedia.ca Reveals Canadian Hotels Ranked Among World's Best on Insiders'
Select List

- Three Canadian hotels among top 20 in the world for value and quality, based on one million qualified traveller reviews -

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Expedia.ca(R), Canada's leading online travel service, today unveiled the Expedia 2010 Insiders' Select(TM) (http://www.expedia.ca/daily/enc4105/promos/hotel/InsiderSelect/default.asp) results, an annual ranking of the world's best hotels for quality and value as determined primarily by traveller reviews. Three Canadian hotels have made the top 20 for routinely exceeding customer expectations - in customer service, amenities, competitive pricing, and more.

"Expedia.ca travellers are among the savviest in the world. The Insiders' Select list helps empower Canadians by providing them with the information and tools to make strong travel decisions for their own trips by highlighting the hotels recognized by other travellers as offering excellence in overall experience," said Sean Shannon, Managing Director at Expedia Canada. "Traveller reviews are a crucial insight in the booking process for Expedia travellers. Each review is evaluated carefully to confirm that the author actually stayed at the hotel. Then we gather up more than a million of them, tabulate them, and share the results with everyone."

Canadian Hotels Among Best in the World

The three Canadian hotels voted among the top 20 in the world this year include:

No.9 - Cambridge Suites, Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cambridge Suites was the highest ranking Canadian hotel, coming in ninth on the 2010 Insiders' Select list. Located in the heart of Sydney, this hotel provides great comfort for travellers on business trips, vacations or extended stays and features Trio, the in-house restaurant, a roof-top patio and well-equipped fitness centre.

No.14 - Chateau Beauvallon, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Chateau Beauvallon is considered a jewel in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains and is just minutes from the Mont-Tremblant ski area. With five championship golf courses within 2 km and a trout-filled lake offering ample fishing opportunities, the Chateau Beauvallon is the perfect destination for a relaxing outdoor getaway in any season.

No.15 - Hazelton Hotel, Toronto: Located in the chic Yorkville area of Toronto, this five-star hotel offers a unique mix of stunning rooms, sensational art, private screening room and world class cuisine at 'ONE' restaurant, from famed chef Mark McEwan.

International Hotels Top Insiders' Select List

Highly-rated international hotels on the Insiders' Select list this year include exotic destinations from across the globe. The overall top-rated hotel Galaxy Iraklio Hotel in Crete Island, Greece is perfect for business and leisure, and is historically known as playing an important role in the social, economic and cultural life of Heraklion, remaining an epicenter of social, conference and arts activity. Coming in at second overall on the Insiders' Select list, Hide Away Guest House in Garden Route, South Africa is ideal for relaxation or exploration of the many sights of Knysna and Garden Route offering indigenous forests, mountains, lakes and spectacular beaches that visitors can experience.

Insiders' Select Properties: a Surpassing Commitment to Value

The 2010 Insiders' Select list reflects a remarkable cross-section of properties in different regions, representing various accommodation types and star rating categories. The Expedia 2010 Insiders' Select list includes properties in 1,022 cities worldwide. Thirty percent of Insiders' Select hotels are found in the United States, 40 percent of Insiders' Select hotels are located in Europe, and 30 percent can be found elsewhere in the world.

Since the Insiders' Select program debuted in 2007, it has ranked the top hotels from among the more than 123,000 properties offered on Expedia sites internationally, based on a mathematical formula that weighs three factors:

    
    -   More than one million traveller opinions from reviews submitted by
        Expedia customers after completing a stay at a hotel booked on
        Expedia sites;
    -   A value rating that compares each property's average daily rates to
        similar properties to assess the relative value the hotel offers,
        making it easy for busy travellers to identify hotels that deliver an
        excellent experience at a comparatively good value; and
    -   The expertise of more than 400 Expedia market managers located in
        cities across the globe, who work hand in hand with Expedia's hotel
        partners to maximize the value they get from Expedia's global online
        travel marketplace.
    

For hotels, inclusion on the Insiders' Select list is not only a distinction to be proud of, but is correlated with higher room bookings on Expedia versus properties that are not on the list. In 2009, Insiders' Select hotels received 3.5 times higher bookings per hotel than competitive hotels in the same market and star class.

This year, for the first time, Insiders' Select hotels are searchable during the booking process on Expedia.ca and Expedia.com, making it simple for travellers to maximize the value of their travel dollars.

Expedia.ca travellers can now find Insiders' Select hotels in the Hotel Preferences amenity drop-down menu. For more information on Insiders' Select, visit http://www.expedia.ca/daily/enc4105/promos/hotel/InsiderSelect/default.asp.

About Expedia Inc.

Expedia Inc., operates Canada's most visited full-service online travel service, Expedia.ca. Expedia.ca customers are supported by customer support agents available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a toll-free number and email response. For more information, visit www.Expedia.ca.

Expedia.ca, Expedia and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in Canada and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

(C) 2010 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Expedia.ca

For further information: For further information: Noor Marzook, Andrea Flanders, Edelman, (416) 979-1120 x 239/301, Noor.Marzook@edelman.com, Andrea.Flanders@Edelman.com

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