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Expedia, Inc. is parent company to some of the world's leading travel companies, providing travel products and services to leisure and corporate travelers in the US and around the world. Expedia own and operate a diversified portfolio of well-recognized brands - including,,, TripAdvisor, Egencia, Classic Vacations®, and a range of other US-based and international businesses. Together, these popular brands and innovative businesses make Expedia, Inc. the largest online travel agency in the world, the third largest travel company in the US, and the fourth largest travel company in the world. And Expedia are on a mission to become the largest and most profitable seller of travel in the world, by helping everyone everywhere plan and purchase everything in travel.
Founded within Microsoft in 1995, Expedia made its debut on the Web in 1996. Within three years, Expedia expanded its sites globally to include Canada, the U.K. and Germany, and first went public in 1999.

In 2002, USA Networks - now IAC/InterActiveCorp - led by Barry Diller, bought a controlling stake in Expedia. IAC purchased the remaining stake in 2003. As part of IAC, Expedia continued to grow its travel portfolio globally, including acquiring a controlling stake in eLong. IAC and Expedia, Inc. separated into two publicly traded companies in 2005.