Arizona-based Expedia Inc. said on Thursday it would be launching a tour operator to offer more travel options to tourists.
The company, which is a subsidiary of Expedia, will partner with Travelocity, which operates in more than 100 countries, to offer its Arizona-specific itineraries to customers, said Tom R. Smith, vice president of Expesity.
Expedia is one of the leading travel providers in the United States and offers tours to more than 3.3 million people in 50 countries.
Travelocity, an online travel provider, operates in 13 countries.
Expedia says its Arizona itineraries are the only in-person tours available.
Smith said the partnership will offer customers the option of booking their travel to Phoenix by car, and that they will be able to add Arizona-themed services such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays, as well as a variety of local restaurants and entertainment venues.
The company has plans to open a new Arizona hub in 2019.
Smith also said the company will expand its service to destinations in other parts of the United State.
The new Arizona partner will help expand the company’s existing travel offerings, he said.
Travelers can book a guided tour or an airfare through the company, Smith said.
The Arizona partner is being chosen at random.
Expenses for a Phoenix-based Phoenix-area Expedia travel operator are estimated to be between $6,000 and $12,000, according to a company news release.
Smith said the Arizona partner would be eligible for up to a 10% refund of the booking fee for any unused or underpriced tickets.