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Orbitz Worldwide Expands Hotel Presence in Dubai Through Agreement With Emirates Hotels & Resorts

CHICAGO, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced it has reached a distribution agreement with Emirates Hotels & Resorts, the premier hospitality management division of Dubai-based Emirates Airline. The agreement paves the way for inventory of Harbour Hotel & Residence -- the division's first city-based hotel in Dubai -- to be made available through a portfolio of Orbitz Worldwide online travel brands, including Orbitz (, CheapTickets (, ( and HotelClub (

"Many of our customers who travel to Dubai, whether on business or pleasure or even traveling with family, are seeking an opulent hotel experience when visiting this magnificent city," said Peggy Bianco, Vice President of global hotel supplier relations, Orbitz Worldwide. "The Emirates brand is synonymous with luxury. We're pleased to add it as a distribution partner and proud to offer the Harbour Hotel & Residence to our Orbitz Worldwide customers."

Located at the gateway to Dubai Marina, The Harbour Hotel & Residence is a 52-story skyline centerpiece featuring 261 luxury suites. The units are comprised of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and six penthouses. Each is equipped with luxury fittings, as well as separate lounge and dining areas.

The hotel opened in November 2007 and offers a myriad of dining options, including a New York style deli, coffee bar and bakery called Counter Culture, the Mediterranean-style restaurant -- Azur -- focusing on organic, farm-to- fork menus and the international, slightly avant-garde restaurant -- The Observatory -- that will soon open on the penthouse floor.

The Harbour Hotel & Residence also features a deluxe, full-service spa, gymnasium, outdoor pool and other amenities. The Timeless Spa, Emirates Hotels & Resorts' signature spa brand, provides relaxation massage beauty treatments developed by specialists and complemented by an extensive range of treatments and products from globally-renowned Sodashi and Babor.

"The Harbour Hotel & Residence fulfils our customer promise of always providing the best possible location, with innovative, guest-focused services," noted Bruno Hivon, General Manager, The Harbour Hotel & Residence. "In partnering with Orbitz Worldwide, we are expanding our global reach, and allowing more business and leisure travelers to experience this unique five- star property and the great city of Dubai."

Dubai continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the world as a tourism and business travel destination. Dubai Tourism estimates that its number of hotels will increase 29 percent by 2016, and says tourism revenues have grown more than 500 percent in the last 10 years.

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 (, CheapTickets (, ebookers (, HotelClub (, RatesToGo (, the Away Network ( and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business ( For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

About Emirates Hotels & Resorts

Launched in 2006, Emirates Hotels & Resorts currently comprises a growing portfolio of award-winning luxury conservation-based resorts, five-star city hotels and fully-serviced luxury apartment hotels.

Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, recognized internationally for its contribution to conservation, is among the Conde Nast Traveller's Top 20-Hotel List and the only Dubai hotel recognized in this category. The success of Al Maha is being used as the basis for designs and operations in subsequent conservation-focused properties: the Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa scheduled to open in late 2009 in Australia's Blue Mountains, and the Cap Ternay Resort & Spa currently in its detailed design phase and scheduled to open in 2010.

Green Lakes Serviced Apartments, the division's venture into the luxury serviced apartments market, and its second city-based property in Dubai opened doors on 1st May 2008.

Orbitz Worldwide

Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-312-894-6890,

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