Expedia Group and its family of brands –Expedia, Hotels.com, Vrbo, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, ebookers and CheapTickets – have launched a joint program that calls on travellers to join in an effort to help safely re-open the world, one trip and one shot at a time.
Beginning Aug 5 (today), each purchase made via Expedia Group’s mobile apps will result in a donation to help UNICEF’s global COVID-19 response, including distributing safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics, and treatments in over 180 countries, bringing us all one step closer to experiencing the world again.
To participate, customers can download any app from one of the Expedia Group brands, plan and purchase a trip through the app and in turn they can help get a vaccine to someone, somewhere in the world who needs it.
Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Expedia Group, said that: “At Expedia Group, we are a passionate group of employees with a deep understanding of the power travel has to expand horizons and strengthen connections. Right now, the most significant obstacle to all people being able to roam the world freely remains the lack of access to COVID-19 vaccines.”
Kern continued: “We support a global and equitable approach to vaccine distribution and embrace efforts to help protect everyone, everywhere. We are proud to contribute to UNICEF and what will be the single largest and most rapid global vaccine deployment ever.”
And he added: “I hope other companies, and anyone else who can, will join us in accelerating vaccine rollout, fighting global inequity, and igniting a movement that will help bring the world together. We all must do our part for the world to be truly open again.”
Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO, UNICEF USA, said that: “UNICEF won’t stop until the fight against COVID-19 has been won – but we need the support of both companies and individuals alike in the biggest public health undertaking of our lifetime.”
Nyenhuis observed that: “With the help of the Expedia Group brands and their dedicated community of travellers, we are one step closer to ending this pandemic and rescuing a generation of children from decades of COVID-caused setbacks.”
Go to https://www.expedia.com/lp/b/return-to-travel?langid=1033 for full program details.