Orbitz to Provide Private Label Service to Major International Chain's Resort Properties on Riu.com
CHICAGO, Sept. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orbitz Partner Network, the private label division of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW), announced today that it has launched a multi-year partnership with RIU Hotels & Resorts to power dynamic vacation package bookings on the internationally known hotel brand's website, riu.com. The new private label site offers vacation packages to RIU's acclaimed properties in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The partnership enables RIU to leverage Orbitz Partner Network's leading technology platform, which provides exclusive vacation package capabilities to U.S. customers on a custom-built white label site.
The newly launched RIU site features a seamless user interface that retains the hotelier's unique branding and gives customers the ability to package any combination of air, hotel and car bookings across a number of form factors, including desktop and mobile web (the latter of which will be launched next month). Customers can book any of the 40 properties the company operates in the Americas, including its well-known All Inclusive resorts and Riu Plaza city hotels.
"RIU is one of the best-known brands in Mexico and the Caribbean and a major hotel player across the world," said Ronnie Gurion, president of Orbitz Partner Network. "We're proud to enter into this partnership to deliver to RIU's customers the outstanding choice and value that dynamic package bookings offer."
"Orbitz Partner Network's powerful technology has allowed us to provide the best possible experience to our U.S. customers seeking to visit our world-class resorts," said Joan Bota, Business to Consumer Vice-president of RIU Hotel & Resorts. "RIU started as a small holiday firm over 60 years ago, and remains a family-owned business to this day. From the start, delivering incredible customer value and experience has been our top priority, from booking through checkout."
About Orbitz Partner Network
Having made significant investments in its dynamic packaging technology, Orbitz Partner Network provides the most comprehensive and flexible suite of private label solutions to a broad range of partners in the airline, hotel, affinity, travel agency, and loyalty industries, among others.
Additional benefits available to dynamic packaging customers include:
Responsive, mobile-optimized private label sites, available out of the box
"Package savings" display that indicates how much a traveler saves by booking multiple travel products together
Robust filtering options to provide search results that are uniquely relevant to each customer
Loyalty earn and burn functionality, allowing customers to pay with cash, points, or split payment options
Comprehensive reporting, available 24 x 7 and on scheduled intervals
To learn more about Orbitz Partner Network private label solutions, please visit http://www.orbitzpartnernetwork.com.
The international RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. The company specializes in holiday resorts and nearly 70% of its establishments offer its acclaimed All Inclusive by RIU service. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries which welcome over 3.5 million guests a year and provide jobs for a total of 27,107 employees. RIU is currently the world's 30th ranked chain, one of the Caribbean's most popular, the largest in Spain in terms of revenue and the third largest in number of rooms.
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 search for, plan and book a broad range of travel products and services including airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Orbitz Worldwide owns a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com) and HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for corporations.
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