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Orbitz Worldwide Signs New Distribution Partnership With Carlson Hotels Worldwide
CHICAGO | April 02, 2008
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced a new distribution agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide, one of the world's largest hotel companies operating in more than 970 locations in 71 countries.
The agreement brings additional Carlson Hotels Worldwide inventory and services to Orbitz Worldwide's global portfolio of brands, including Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com) and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) in the Americas, ebookers (www.ebookers.com) in Europe and HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) in Asia Pacific.
"Our expanded partnership with Carlson increases our direct access to nearly 1000 additional hotel properties around the world," said Peggy Bianco, vice president of global hotel supplier relations for Orbitz Worldwide. "We are excited to provide our customers a wider selection and offer additional values on Carlson's trusted hotel brands. Plus, the new addition of Carlson's inventory to HotelClub in Asia complements our expansion plans in that region."
Customers who book through Orbitz Worldwide sites will also find room availability for Carlson Hotel's five major hotel brands, including: Regent Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, Country Inn & SuitesSM, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn®. The agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide also will expand Orbitz Worldwide's extensive hotel inventory that offers access to more than 80,000 lodging properties globally.
"The relationship with Orbitz Worldwide will expand Carlson's awareness and connectivity with a broader range of leisure and business travelers who will be able to easily view and book our properties around the world," said Christine Brosnahan, vice president of Distribution and Reservation Services at Carlson Hotels Worldwide. "The additional brands Orbitz Worldwide operates in key international destinations aligns with our global focus and growth strategy. This partnership with a major third-party travel site will also help us attract increased trial and long-term loyalty for our brands spanning luxury to economy."
About Orbitz Worldwide:
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo (www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (www.away.com) and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://www.orbitz-ir.com.
About Carlson Hotels Worldwide:
Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five hotel brands, totaling 970 locations in 70 countries. Hotel brands include: Regent Hotels & Resorts (www.regenthotels.com), one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the lodging industry; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®(www.radisson.com), one of the world's leading upscale hotel companies with nearly 400 locations in 66 countries; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts (www.parkplaza.com) positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category, has over 40 hotels globally and is known for its great value and customer-focused service culture; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠ (www.countryinns.com), one of the fastest growing, mid-tier lodging chains with over 435 locations offering excellent value with a warm and comfortable atmosphere; and Park Inn® (www.parkinn.com), with over 85 hotels worldwide, is a unique emerging hotel brand offering a relaxed environment in the economy category and is poised for aggressive global growth.
Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing marketing, travel and hospitality services. Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Marketing, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, T.G.I. Friday's and Pick Up Stix restaurants. The company has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one of the "100 best places to work for in America," Carlson's corporate headquarters are in Minneapolis, Minn.