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Orbitz Worldwide Expands European Hotel Presence With Swiss Quality Hotels International Agreement

CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced a distribution agreement with Zurich, Switzerland-based, Swiss Quality Hotels International ( The agreement coincides with expanding hotel inventory access for Orbitz Worldwide in Europe, as well as three consecutive quarters of more than 40% growth in international gross bookings.


Lodging at Swiss Quality Hotels will be made available through a portfolio of Orbitz Worldwide's online travel brands including Orbitz (, CheapTickets (, ( and HotelClub (

The Swiss Quality Hotels International brand features a collection of more than 84 properties in 52 world-famous cities, including resorts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy.

"It's gratifying that we continue to see tremendous growth in international markets during what's been a somewhat challenging time for travelers," said Peggy Bianco, vice president of global hotel supplier relations, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. "As we derive more of our revenues from non-air bookings, like hotel and packages, we're pleased to help facilitate bookings for our customers at Swiss Quality Hotel properties, where they can experience first-class treatment and elegant facilities."

Orbitz Worldwide's ebookers brand, operating in 13 countries across Europe, recently launched its first site on its new global technology platform where users can search for travel in a non-English language. The ebookers Belgian (, Austrian ( and Dutch ( websites join operations in the United Kingdom ( and Ireland ( that have recently fully migrated to Orbitz Worldwide's global platform.

"We're particularly excited to enter into this win-win partnership with Orbitz Worldwide, as we broaden what's already been a strong and successful relationship with its HotelClub brand," said Amjad Nashashibi, director of sales and marketing, Swiss Quality Hotels. "By making our member hotels available across Orbitz Worldwide's many global brands, we are confident this partnership will help us reach millions of travelers worldwide and enhance our global distribution strategy."

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 Swiss Quality Hotels

Swiss Quality Hotels International is regarded as the largest hotel group in Switzerland. The fast-growing Zurich-based hotel group encompasses 84 quality-oriented hotels located in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland (77 Swiss member hotels). With such a portfolio, Swiss Quality Hotels International has a wide range of services and price structure on offer while maintaining a commitment to quality, service and value.

Orbitz Worldwide

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