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Expedia Group Hosts TAAP Events Across the World and Announces New Innovative Solutions to Mark Global Travel Advisor Day

May 1, 2024
  • Expedia Group is hosting a series of worldwide events across North America, South America, and Europe to mark the day with its travel partners. 
  • The company has rolled out deferred payments to the majority of markets across the globe, which gives Expedia TAAP partners more flexible payment options to effectively manage their cash flow.
  • The Expedia TAAP Rewards program expands to Canada and Mexico, providing advisors more opportunities to be rewarded for their bookings.

SEATTLE, May 1, 2024 — Expedia Group is today celebrating Global Travel Advisor Day by hosting a number of events across the world to recognize and show appreciation for its Expedia TAAP (Travel Agent Affiliate Program) partners. 

To mark Global Travel Advisor Day, Expedia Group is hosting a variety of exclusive events for its Expedia TAAP partners — which include breakfasts, lunches, and evening events — across several states in the U.S., as well as in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, the U.K., Switzerland, and Italy. Overall, Expedia Group will be hosting 16 events across three continents.

During the events, Expedia Group will be launching and presenting new products to partners as well as expanding some existing services to new markets across its Expedia TAAP global booking platform that connects travel advisors to Expedia Group’s global portfolio of hotels, vacation rentals, flights, packages, car rentals, and activities offerings.

Deferred Payments 

Deferred payments first launched in 2021 but has since scaled to 30 out of 32 Expedia TAAP markets across the globe, the most recent being Brazil and China. This product allows Expedia TAAP partners and agencies to pay later for lodging bookings. Over 16,000 agencies on the Expedia TAAP platform have already enabled deferred payments.

Expedia Group’s research has shown that the booking window for a travel agency booking is typically much longer than direct customer bookings, with an average six-month timeline. Most agencies take a small deposit from the traveler while paying the full amount owed to Expedia Group at the time of booking. Deferred payments enables agencies to better manage their cash flow by being able to pay Expedia Group closer to the check-in date and having more flexibility through the pay later option. This will enable travel partners of all sizes to better balance their budgets and serve more bookings.

Expanding the TAAP Rewards Program 

Following the success of the TAAP Rewards program in the U.S., this month Expedia Group will be expanding the travel advisor loyalty program to Canada and Mexico. The loyalty program rewards advisors for choosing to book with Expedia TAAP, offering them the opportunity to earn reward points on lodging bookings, which can be redeemed for gift cards from popular retailers. 

Robin Lawther, VP of Expedia TAAP, said: “Global Travel Advisor Day presents the ideal opportunity for Expedia Group to show its appreciation for our travel advisors across all markets. Today’s announcement shows our commitment to support them in a variety of new ways — improving our service offering so they can continue to attract new customers and support existing ones through more personalized services that better respond to their needs, while also creating a product that allows them to more effectively manage their cash flow.”

Expedia TAAP continues to prioritize travel advisors and agencies by consistently investing in improvements and offering ongoing support. Expect even more enhancements and product launches later this year. Learn more at www.expediataap.com.

About Expedia Group

Expedia Group, Inc. brands power travel for everyone, everywhere through our global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travelers. Our organization is made up of three pillars: Expedia Product & Technology, focused on the group’s product and technical strategy and offerings; Expedia Brands, housing all our consumer brands; and Expedia for Business, consisting of business-to-business solutions and relationships throughout the travel ecosystem. 

The Expedia Group family of brands includes: Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Vrbo®, Trivago®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Hotwire®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, and Expedia Cruises™. One Key™ is our comprehensive loyalty program that unifies Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo into one simple, flexible travel rewards experience. To enroll in One Key, download Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo mobile apps for free on iOS and Android devices.

For more information, visit www.expediagroup.com. Follow us on Twitter @EGPartnerships and check out our LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/company/expedia-group-partnerships/.

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