CHICAGO, IL - July 24, 2007 - Orbitz Worldwide, whose corporate travel brands serve everyone from the small, independent business traveler to the large Fortune 500 corporation, is now helping those attending corporate meetings readily plan and book travel through a new strategic alliance with StarCite, the largest on-demand global meetings management company in the marketplace today.
StarCite provides a web-based software platform for enterprise meetings management that helps organizations bring visibility, savings and control to corporate meetings and event spend. Through this new alliance with Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group, StarCite users and meeting attendees will be able to book travel on Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business direct from the StarCite Attendee Management application. The new travel booking feature is expected to be available to customers by the first quarter of 2008.
"We're pleased to provide event planners and meeting attendees with a valuable extension to the StarCite platform, and a quick and easy way to coordinate travel plans with their next corporate meeting," said Dean Sivley, COO and general manager, Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group.
Mike Boult, president and CEO of StarCite, added, "We are confident our StarCite customers will fully embrace the convenience and efficiency of Orbitz's corporate travel booking tools within our meetings management platform. Integrating travel booking with our meetings management platform is a key step in driving a more strategic approach to corporate meetings and events."
StarCite has also selected Travelport for Business, one of Orbitz Worldwide's leading corporate travel brands, to serve StarCite's corporate travel management program. StarCite joins the growing number of companies who rely upon Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group's products for their business travel needs. Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business together welcomed 23 new corporate clients in the second quarter of 2007, and jointly serve over 2,000 customers and more than one million business travelers.
About Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group
Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group includes managed travel products Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business. Orbitz Worldwide currently serves over 2,000 corporate customers and more than one million managed business travelers. Orbitz for Business launched in 2002 as one of the first full-service business travel programs offered by an online agency. Travelport for Business, ideal for programs with more comprehensive travel requirements, launched in 2005 and deploys innovative technologies that integrate the online platform and offline agent services. Both full-service corporate travel agencies offer greater control over travel spend and policy, and feature an easy-to-use, configurable travel management solution backed by 24x7 proactive customer care.
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) and the Away Network (www.away.com) and corporate travel brands Orbitz for Business and Travelport for Business (www.travelportcorporatesolutions.com)
StarCite®, Inc. is the leading provider of On Demand Global Meeting Solutions™. StarCite optimizes global investments in corporate meetings and events, delivering visibility, savings and control. StarCite provides process efficiency, enabling technology and proven adoption management support to drive significant cost reduction to buyers and enhanced revenues to suppliers. StarCite is based in Philadelphia. StarCite's equity holders Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite or its technologies and services, please visit www.starcite.com.
Orbitz Worldwide's Corporate Travel Solutions Group
Sloane & Company (for StarCite)