Source = Expedia Expedia Asia Pacific held a 3 day conference last week with new Expedia World Wide President Scott Durchslag in Sydney.Expedia executives were in town from Hong Kong, Singapore, Seattle and Sydney and spent time with Durchslag and other senior management from Expedia Head Office discussing the state of the business, massive expansion plans and the great vision for Expedia in APAC. The business is great and the future is brighter was the underlying message with great new technical developments and fantastic new product innovations to be released throughout this year.Part of the program included some achievement recognition awards including a great “Wrap” for Expedia TAAP (Travel Agents Affiliate Program) in APAC. As Expedia TAAP celebrates 1 year since launch in the Asia Pacific market it was recognised for the great success it has proved to be for Expedia in the Australian and New Zealand markets. The TAAP program which has grown from strength to strength over the past 12 months, was recognised for the great contribution to the Expedia APAC business with a Gold Bar awarded for innovation and application aptly nicknamed the Alchemist Award.“We are absolutely delighted with the award,” said Stuart Udy Expedia Manager of Travel Distribution Asia Pacific. “It has been a fantastic year of growth and is a fabulous recognition for not just an unbeatable product but the great support structures and people we have in place. Programs like this don’t survive, let alone prosper, without great support and people on the ground. We have great partners and great support in AU and NZ so I’m very happy to accept the award on their behalf.”Expedia TAAP has experienced 6 record weeks in a row in terms of gross transactions this year in both New Zealand and Australia with no sign of the growth peaking any time soon. The USA and Europe are the main destination drivers at the moment accounting for around 60% of the transactions. With simply thousands of destinations on offer, the destinations keep growing every week.