Expedia ramps up operations in India, appoints General Manager

On August 30, 2011 at 06:40 AM

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New Delhi, August 25th, 2011: Expedia.co.in, the world's largest online travel company, today announced the appointment of Vikram Malhi as the General Manager for its operations in India.  Vikram will be based out of Gurgaon and will report to Dan Lynn, CEO, AirAsia Expedia. In this new role, Vikram will be responsible for driving Expedia's business strategy which is aimed at capturing the brand’s position as the top Online Travel Agency (OTA) in India.

Commenting on his new assignment, Vikram said, “I am extremely excited to be a part of Expedia in India. As a hotbed for travel and tourism industry, India offers tremendous business opportunities for Expedia. I look forward to the new challenges and success this endeavor will bring”. 

 Welcoming Vikram on board, Dan added, “Vikram brings with him an excellent understanding of the travel landscape and I am confident that he will lead the business to new heights especially in a dynamic market like India”.

 Vikram brings with him over 10 years of business strategy and marketing experience to Expedia. Prior to his new role, he was a Director at Expedia's Hotels.com brand in the US overseeing global marketing and strategy.  In addition, he has a strong business consulting background and has worked with well known brands like IBM, Wrigley Jr. Company, Hersheys, Anheuser Busch, Ford, General Motors and Citibank. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and also holds a degree in engineering from Nagpur University, India.

The new appointment comes close on the heels of Expedia’s brand launch announcement in India earlier this year to showcase its world-class suite of products for the Indian consumers which includes world’s largest inventory of over 130,000 hotels, more than 430 airline partnerships and over 5000 holiday activities.  

 About Expedia.co.in

Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's largest online travel company, operates Expedia.co.in (http://www.expedia.co.in/) in India. Expedia.co.in provides Indian consumers with a distinctive suite of travel solutions comprising a wide selection of holidays, destination attractions, flights, hotels and car rentals supported by a 24x7 call centre. With products like ‘Build your trip’ consumers not only have the freedom to create their own packages but also receive the best discounts on creating packages from Expedia’s inventory of hotels, travel activities and car. Expedia currently operates localized websites across 25 points of sale in India, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, US, Canada, France, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Switzerland, South Korea, Brazil and Indonesia.  

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