Navigating Travel Advertising During a Crisis

Hari Nair, Senior Vice President, Expedia Group Media Solutions
March 16, 2020
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While these are tough times for many around the world, for individuals as well as businesses and industries, one thing that always inspires me is how people come together in times of need. I find that especially true in the travel industry. We all know the well-known quote: to travel is to live. Our job is to help bring the world within reach for those who want to travel, and do so in safe and responsible ways at all times for our travelers and our partners.

We at Expedia Group Media Solutions are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 around the world, and we are working to help our advertising partners navigate in this rapidly changing landscape. While different countries and areas are at various stages of impact, know that travelers are still visiting our Expedia Group sites around the world for information.

We also have a history of helping destinations around the world in times of need with recovery. When the timing is right, if you’d like to discuss recovery efforts, we are here to support our advertising partners with insights and guidance on appropriate media strategies to connect with those looking to travel.  

If you have specific questions, please reach out directly to your Expedia Group Media Solutions contact – we are here to help. If you are unsure of who your representative is or have other advertising questions, you can connect with us at this alias (mediasolutionsrequest@expediagroup.com) and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Note that in general Expedia Group recommends travelers follow guidance from trusted sources such as the World Health Organizationand those who have booked on Expedia.com can find more information here. Our supply partners can learn more about the Expedia Group approach to COVID-19 here. Finally, please click here for a message from the president of our Travel Partner Group. 

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Hari Nair
Senior Vice President, Expedia Group Media Solutions
As senior vice president of Expedia Group Media Solutions, the digital advertising arm of Expedia Group, Hari Nair oversees all facets of the business globally including product development and execution, engineering, operations, marketing, media sales and business development. Hari was previously vice president and general manager of Orbitz.com and CheapTickets.com, subsidiaries of Expedia Group, responsible for overseeing retail operations and profitability of the business, brand strategy, marketing efficiency and customer lifecycle management. Hari joined Expedia Group in 2002, and has managed and led market management operations in a variety of offices, including Dallas, New York and London. He also oversaw the company’s hotel supplier relations and directed lodging strategy and business for North America. Prior to joining Expedia, Hari worked in corporate training and food and beverage operations at Oberoi Hotels, a leading luxury hotel chain that owns and manages thirty hotels and five luxury cruisers across six countries under the ‘Oberoi’ & ‘Trident’ brands. Hari holds a master’s degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University.
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