|Cendant Travel Distribution Services And Hilton Hotels Corporation Announce New Hotel Online Distribution Agreement|
New Agreement Broadens Availability of Participating Hilton Family Hotels for Consumers, Including Vacation Packages and Individual Room Reservations
Chicago, IL – November 14, 2005 – Cendant Travel Distribution Services, part of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) announced today that it has signed a new distribution agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) to provide Orbitz.com, CheapTickets.com, and Lodging.com, with access to merchant model hotel room inventory for individual hotel room sales and vacation packages at participating owned, managed and franchised Hilton Family hotels and resorts. The Hilton Family of Hotels includes such premier brands as Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites® and Homewood Suites by Hilton®.
With this agreement, Orbitz.com, CheapTickets.com and Lodging.com are now fully accredited by Hilton as online distributors of hotel inventory, making more Hilton Family hotel rooms available to their customer base, and allowing travelers to book Hilton Family properties when they make their flight and travel arrangements.
"By partnering with the high-caliber Hilton Family brands, we're giving customers access to availability at some of the premier hotel and resort properties in North America," said Jeff Grant, vice president of hotels for Orbitz.
As part of the agreement, Hilton will provide access to merchant hotel inventory to Orbitz.com, CheapTickets.com and Lodging.com via OrbitzConnect, a virtual electronic pipeline to Hilton's reservations system. OrbitzConnect offers Hilton Family hotels a more flexible, real-time approach to managing online hotel and package inventory, while providing travelers a more seamless booking experience.
"Under this agreement, when participating hotels choose to offer merchant model inventory online, they will be able to provide Orbitz.com, CheapTickets.com and Lodging.com with direct access," said Scott Normali, vice president – distribution, Hilton Hotels Corporation. "The direct connection between Hilton's proprietary OnQ reservation systems will result in an enhanced quality of interaction with these accredited online distribution channels. Because all of our participating hotels share a common property management system, they will have direct access to manage their rates and availability in an efficient and dynamic manner."
J.D. Power and Associates noted that Orbitz.com had the highest customer satisfaction rating for online hotel booking service among independent travel web sites in its 2005 Independent Hotel Web Site StudySM. J.D. Power and Associates conducted a web-based survey consisting of 3,668 independent hotel Web site evaluations. www.jdpower.com.
About Cendant Travel Distribution Services
Cendant Corporation's (NYSE: CD) Travel Distribution Services Division, is one of the world's largest and most geographically diverse collections of travel brands and distribution businesses. The division, employing nearly 9,000 people in approximately 120 countries, includes: a leading global distribution services (GDS) company (Galileo), serving more than 44,000 travel agencies and over 60,000 hotels; hotel distribution and services businesses (Neat Group®, THOR®, TRUST and WizCom®); leading online travel agencies (CheapTickets®, ebookers.com®, HotelClub.com, Lodging.com, Orbitz®, and RatesToGo.com); an airline market intelligence company (Shepherd Systems); an international travel technology and software company (Travelwire); a leading international provider of long-haul air travel and travel product consolidator (Travel 2®/Travel 4®); online global corporate travel management solutions (Orbitz for Business® and Travelport®); and a leading wholesaler and global online provider of hotels, destination services, travel packages and group tours (Gullivers Travel Associates, OctopusTravel.com® and Travel Bound, Inc.).
About Hilton Hotels Corporation
Hilton Hotels Corporation is recognized internationally as a preeminent hospitality company. The company develops, owns, manages or franchises more than 2,300 hotels, resorts and vacation ownership properties. Its portfolio includes many of the world's best known and most highly regarded hotel brands, including Hilton®, Conrad®, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites Hotels®, Hampton Inn®, Hampton Inn & Suites®, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations Club® and Homewood Suites by Hilton®.
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