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TripAdvisor Acquires Cruise Critic

TripAdvisor, LLC, the world's largest travel community and an operating company of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE), today announced it has acquired The Independent Traveler, Inc., publisher of Cruise Critic, the leading cruise community (http://www.cruisecritic.com/) and IndependentTraveler.com.

"Kathleen Tucker and her team have done a phenomenal job building the most popular cruise community in the world," said Stephen Kaufer, founder and CEO of TripAdvisor. "This acquisition is a great addition to our portfolio of leading travel communities and content sites and gives us a strong foothold in the $32 billion cruise market.* Kathleen will continue to lead the team and we expect continued growth and excellence from The Independent Traveler sites."