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Use Resources in MSN Expedia to Plan Summer Travel

Beyond air, hotel and rental-car reservation capabilities, MSN Expedia makes researching travel convenient and comprehensive, with editorial content that includes expert columnists, chats, worldwide destination profiles and 360-degree tours of the world’s most famous locations. Below is a sample of the many resources available to summer travel planners.

Straight From the Experts –

  • Is first always best? Douglas Ward, president of the Maritime Evaluations Group, reviews the benefits and disadvantages of sailing on a cruise ship’s maiden voyage.

  • Feel sick about flying? Dr. Alan M. Spira, medical director of the Travel Medicine Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., devotes his column to recognizing and treating altitude sickness.

  • Make the most of ports of call.

    Veteran cruise author Douglas Ward explains how to take advantage of the short time in ports of call. His column also profiles river cruises, one of the newest cruising trends.

Chat About Travel –

  • Chat with a roller-coaster insider. Stephen Norton from Ohio’s Cedar Point – one of America’s leading theme parks – will chat about the thrills roller-coaster enthusiasts can find at his park. March 24, 9-10 p.m. PST.

  • Are we there yet?

    Learn how to keep children and babies happy on planes, trains and in cars in the Expedia Family Forum as experts answer questions and suggest what to pack, when to go and how to prevent problems en route. March 16, 7-8 p.m. PST.

  • Great wildlife adventures.

    In the Adventure Forum, our experts profile the best wildlife tours and safaris. March 31, 7-8 p.m. PST.

  • Do’s and don’ts for Europe.

    Visit the European Forum to learn helpful hints on making the most of a trip to Europe from our experts who have lived there. Thursday, March 23, 7-8 p.m. PST.

  • At home in Paris. Learn to love
    “The City of Lights”
    as the Expedia European Forum experts offer little tips that could make a big difference on a trip to Paris. March 17, 4-5 p.m. PST.

Favorite Places –

  • Historic London is not only rich in cultural heritage and sites but is also a great place for ethnic shopping. Read about this new aspect of London beginning March 1.

  • Exotic Thailand is the heart of the Orient. Discover the opulence of Bangkok and its exciting nightlife beginning March 15.

  • Picturesque Switzerland is a great destination beyond the towering Alps. Learn more about its many activities and sites beginning March 29.

Full Circle –

  • See the historical sites of one of the world’s most sacred places by taking a
    360-degree tour of Israel.

Destination of the Month –

  • Jerusalem’s gold. Explore Israel’s colorful street markets, visit centuries-old landmarks and stroll atop the limestone walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.

What’s New

MSN Expedia First to Reach $11 Million in Weekly Sales

  • MSN Expedia reached $11 million in weekly sales, becoming the first online travel site to achieve this milestone.

Top Honors

  • MacWorld named MSN Expedia Best Travel Site.

New Expedia Travel Network Category

  • From Las Vegas to Reno, travelers can now book their casino vacation online. Featured members of this new area include Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Las Vegas Reservation Systems.

New Expedia Travel Network Members –

  • The Expedia Travel Network recently welcomed its newest members: EuropeVacations.com, Fly AAWay Vacations and Rent Net.

New Additions to Expedia World Guide

  • Expedia World Guide, which covers more than 300 domestic and international destinations with thousands of photos and pages of historical information, now will cover the entire United States and all Canadian provinces, making it one of the most comprehensive travel planning resource among online travel services.

Top 10 Destinations Booked Online With MSN Expedia

Where are travelers on the Net going? Following is a list of the hottest destinations booked on MSN Expedia from Jan. 15, 1999, through Feb. 15, 1999:

  1. Orlando, Fla.

  2. Washington, D.C.

  3. New York

  4. San Francisco

  5. Las Vegas

  6. Chicago

  7. Los Angeles

  8. Atlanta

  9. Phoenix

  10. Tampa, Fla.

About MSN Expedia Travel

MSN Expedia ( http://expedia.MSN.com/ ) is the place to go on the Web to easily plan travel, purchase tickets, and make hotel and car reservations. Part of the MSN network of Internet services, MSN Expedia also offers in-depth destination content and travel news as well as mapping services. MSN Expedia offers exceptional customer service with more than 200 travel agents available via a toll-free number to travelers
24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and provide assistance while they are en route. Since its inception in October 1996, MSN Expedia has become the Web’s leading online travel agency, with weekly travel sales exceeding $10 million.

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