Expedia Group is an American global travel technology company. Its websites, which are primarily travel fare aggregators and travel metasearch engines, include namesake Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, CarRentals.com, CheapTickets (Expedia's only provider of event tickets), trivago, Venere.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, and HomeAway.According to Rich Barton, the company's first CEO, the word "Expedia" is derived from a combination of exploration and speed. Founded as a division of Microsoft in October 1996, Expedia was spun off in 1999.In 2003, it was purchased by IAC/InterActiveCorp.In August 2005, IAC spun off Expedia Inc., which owned its travel group of businesses, including Expedia, Expedia Corporate Travel (now Egencia), TripAdvisor, Classic Vacations, eLong, Hotels.com, and Hotwire.com.In December 2011, Expedia, Inc.
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