BELLEVUE, Wash., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia.com®, the world's largest online travel agency, announced today that Expedia Hotels & Flights has been named the People's Voice Travel App in the 17th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Awards Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and StumbleUpon founder Garrett Camp.
Expedia Hotels & Flights provides users with a selection of more than 140,000 hotel properties, flight booking from more than 200 airlines and mobile-only deals. Expedia.com recently added itinerary functionality to the app giving travelers up-to-date info in their hands at every stage of travel using a set of rich visual cues. The app is free and is available for download at expedia.com/app and is optimized for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablet devices.
"Expedia's Hotel and Flights app has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators."
"Expedia works with millions of travelers every single day, so we have unique insight into their needs," said John Kim, Senior Vice President, Global Products, Expedia. "We listen to them and we've learned from them, and we brought our own insights and expertise to bear when creating Expedia Hotels & Flights. The results have been just as we hoped and the consumer reaction has been amazing. So to win a People's Voice Webby award is especially satisfying for us."
Expedia will be honored at the star-studded ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous 5-Word Speeches. Highlights from last year's 5-Word Speeches include: Pinterest's "Pinterest loves you Ryan Gosling"; Bjork's "A.E.I.O.U"; and Holocaust survivor Tibor Sands for The United States Holocaust Museum "Thank you for remembering me." The show will be hosted by critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Patton Oswalt. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, fans can watch the show in HD at watch.webbyawards.com. A full list of both The Webby Awards and People's Voice Winners can be found at winners.webbyawards.com.
Expedia.com is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.
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ABOUT THE WEBBY AWARDS:
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. Established in 1996, this year's Webbys received over 11,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft, Google+, Citibank, Twitter, Vitamin T, Quantcast, MailChimp, Yext, Engine Yard, Funny or Die, MLB Advanced Media, Mashable, Business Insider, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Area17, Forsman & Bodenfors and Guardian News and Media.
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