ROME, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Venere.com, the European online hotel reservations
specialist recently acquired by Expedia Inc., has appointed Philippe Vimard to
lead its technology department.
In this role Philippe will be responsible for the company's technological
strategy and drive forward the technological development of the Venere.com
global point of sales.
We are delighted to have Philippe join the senior management team at
Venere.com, comments Emmanuel de Rycker, Managing Director at Venere.com.
Philippe brings to the position a deep knowledge of Expedia's lodging products
and systems, strong experience in hotel system connectivity, and knowledge of
high-transaction volume web sites.
Philippe joined Expedia in 2002 through the acquisition of Newtrade
technologies, a Montreal-based company specializing in hotel connectivity and
distribution solutions. In the past 7 years, he has been involved at multiple
levels in the Expedia Supply organization from Group Program Manager of the
Direct Connect technology to Senior Director of Lodging Supply System. In 2008,
after spending 2 years as GM of the Cars, Cruises and Trains supply platforms at
Expedia headquarters in Bellevue (Washington), he returned to Canada to head the
Montreal section of the Lodging Supply Team. Philippe will now be relocating to
Venere's Rome office in this new role.
Since its launch in 1995, Venere.com has become one of the most renowned sites
for online hotel reservations worldwide. During the past years, Venere.com has
progressively added a host of new properties, and today provides a choice of
over 32,000 hotels, BB's, serviced apartments and other accommodation solutions
to its customers. Venere.com attracts users by its simplicity, the free online
search and booking service, multilingual detailed hotel descriptions and
information, high quality images and the exclusive interactive maps. The
approximately 600,000 hotel reviews provide customers with a range of unbiased
opinions to help them to choose the right accommodation for the right price.
Venere.com is an Expedia Inc. company (for more information visit
http://www.expediainc.com/ NASDAQ: EXPE) and has offices in Rome, London and
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