Microsoft launches internet travel service in Germany

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UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM, Germany--Microsoft Corp. is planning to launch the Internet travel service Expedia here. It is aimed at private travelers and business travelers from small companies.

Tickets will be handled by the DER (the German Travel Office) and will reach travelers four days after booking. Expedia also offers car rentals and hotel rooms.

Expedia was started in the U.K. nine months ago and sells several hundred airline tickets daily. In the U.S., where Expedia was set up in 1996, it sells around 180,000 airline tickets each month.

Duesseldorf-based Rempen & Partner is handling the marketing budget.

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