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Expedia seeks clearance to acquire Wotif

Expedia seeks clearance to acquire Wotif

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Expedia Inc. (Expedia) seeking clearance to acquire up to 100% of the shares of Holdings Limited (Wotif).

Expedia is a global travel agency that provides online and telephone booking services for accommodation, flights, vacation packages, car hire and other retail travel products. Expedia’s websites include, and

Wotif is an Australian-based travel agency that provides online booking services for accommodation, flights, travel packages and other travel products. Wotif’s websites include and

A public version of the application will be available shortly on our Clearances Register.

Assessing an application for a merger or acquisition

When considering a proposed merger (or joint venture), the Commission must decide whether the competition that is lost in a market when two businesses merge is substantial. We will give clearance to a proposed merger only if we are satisfied that the merger is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.

A fact sheet explaining how the Commission assesses a merger application is available on the Commission’s website at


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