Expedia Partners with SNCF to Create French Online Travel Joint Venture

Eye for Travel:

"Under this joint venture, French travellers will be able to book flights, hotels, rail and car rentals on the voyages-sncf.com Web site. The enhanced site will bring together the best of both worlds from two travel industry leaders, combining the popularity of voyages-sncf.com with the technology and expertise of Expedia […]"

This comes as a relief since the SNCF sites rank among the less usable travel sites I ever saw, while Expedia is quite easy to use (but its UK subsidiary doesn’t sell to people living in France). That’s a smart way for Expedia to leverage SNCF’s monopoly, and the popularity of train vs. air transport.
12/06/01 update: Expedia Launches in France, Continues European Push.

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