CHICAGO, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a
leading, global online travel company, today announced a distribution
agreement with Millennium and Copthorne Hotels & Resorts, adding dozens of
lodging properties under the Millennium and Copthorne brands throughout Europe
and the Middle East.
Under the agreement, all properties will be made available through a
portfolio of Orbitz Worldwide online travel brands, including Orbitz
(http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com),
ebookers.com (http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com)
and RatesToGo (http://www.ratestogo.com). These international hotels
complement Millennium and Copthorne Hotels' full selection of U.S. properties
currently offered through Orbitz Worldwide.
"The expansion of our hotel sourcing teams outside the U.S. continues to
benefit our global brands through agreements with leading chains like
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels," said Peggy Bianco, group vice president,
global hotel supplier relations, Orbitz Worldwide. "The Millennium and
Copthorne Hotels & Resorts are synonymous with great lodging experiences
worldwide, and I'm confident the growing numbers of Orbitz customers who've
booked international travel online will enjoy more hotel choices through the
addition of Millennium and Copthorne Hotels."
The agreement further expands Orbitz Worldwide's hotel presence in two key
international regions whose online penetration continues to grow. According
to market research firm PhoCus Wright, online bookings for leisure and
unmanaged business travel in Europe increased 23 percent in 2007.
Additionally, despite a slowdown in travel spend this year, PhoCus Wright says
online travel in Europe has grown by nearly 19 percent (1) in 2008.
In the Middle East, thriving destinations like Dubai are among those
helping to drive online travel and tourism. Dubai Tourism, for example,
estimates 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.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels owns and operates 24 lodging properties in
Europe, as well as hotels in the Dubai region and the Middle East. In total,
the company owns, asset manages and/or operates more than 120 hotels in 19
countries around the world.
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
(http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers
(http://www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (http://www.away.com), and
corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).
For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide,
(1) PhoCus Wright European Online Travel Market: 2006-2010 -- August, 2008
SOURCE Orbitz Worldwide
NOTE TO EDITORS: Millennium and Copthorne Hotels comprises over 110
three, four and five star hotels with 30,782 rooms worldwide in 18 countries.
Our World of Hospitality marketing alliance partner Maritim Hotels has 53
hotels with 15,694 rooms in 9 countries. More information from
http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk and http://www.maritim.com
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, 1-202-336-5106,
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Charlene Jagannath, 020 7872 2477,
email@example.com, or David Curtis-Brignell,
020 7872 2472, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Web site: http://www.orbitz.com