Exclusive: Barry Diller on his Expedia investment, travel acquisitions and the promise of AI

Expedia chairman Barry Diller toasts Expedia employees as CEO Dara Khosrowshahi looks on. BELLEVUE, Wash. — The surprise guest at Expedia’s 20th anniversary celebration this afternoon was Barry Diller, the media mogul who co-founded the Fox network and oversees a wide range of online brands as chairman of the IAC media and Internet company. Diller made his first investment in Expedia in 2001 and remains its chairman.After toasting employees and cutting the anniversary cake, Diller spoke for a few minutes with GeekWire about his investment in Expedia, his thoughts on its recent acquisition spree, and his belief in the future of artificial intelligence. Continue reading for an edited excerpt from the interview. Barry Diller, center, speaks with Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and CFO Mark Okestrom. Q: When you first acquired a stake in Expedia, in 2001, it was not a good year for travel. Why…


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