CHICAGO, IL – January 29, 2007 - Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com), serving more than one million corporate travelers and 2,000 corporate clients, announced today that the American Bar Association (ABA) – the largest voluntary professional association in the world with more than 400,000 members – has selected Orbitz for Business as its corporate travel management provider. Orbitz for Business today also welcomes premier international law firm McDermott Will and Emery (McDermott) as a new corporate client. Orbitz for Business is the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).
“Our on-site and dedicated agent capabilities provide an element of VIP care that was instrumental in both of these high-profile clients' selection of Orbitz for Business,” said Dean Sivley, senior vice president, COO and general manager, Orbitz for Business. “Our combined offline and online solutions and leading customer care have more and more organizations who truly value high-touch service and proactive care turning to Orbitz for Business.”
Orbitz for Business will provide travel management services for ABA business travel, meetings, and events through a dedicated reservation system for members, leadership and officers, staff, law students and speakers and guests. Through a dedicated Orbitz for Business site, ABA members without a preferred agency relationship will also be able to take advantage of negotiated rates and other Orbitz for Business program benefits when traveling on non-ABA business.
“It was important for us to identify a solution that takes our program to the next level, while giving travelers an easy-to-use and reliable interface,” said Marty Balogh, ABA director of Meetings and Travel. “We are confident that through this decision we will enhance our operation and enable the ABA to serve its members more effectively."
McDermott is an international law firm with offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. With more than 1,100 lawyers worldwide, McDermott represents clients from more than 70 countries globally. Orbitz for Business will serve as McDermott's exclusive travel provider.
The ABA and McDermott join the growing list of companies who rely upon Orbitz for Business for their corporate travel needs. With corporate adoption rates near 90 percent and proven tools and resources to drive cost savings, Orbitz for Business offers a selection of distinct corporate travel products. All are part of Orbitz Worldwide's business travel portfolio, serving everyone from the individual unmanaged traveler to the large, Fortune 500 corporation. These include:
- Orbitz for Business International – A customized solution designed for companies with international travel requirements originating from outside the United States. Orbitz for Business International provides global fulfillment and call center support, multi-language and time/date formats, more than 200 currency views and more.
- Orbitz for Business – A full-service, online corporate travel agency for companies with many travelers and managed program needs. A business travel solution for companies seeking higher adoption rates, online tools customized for a business audience and reporting that delivers insights into travel usage and trends. Also offers more in-depth reporting tools, advanced policy and executive VIP care services for companies with larger numbers of travelers and more comprehensive travel requirements.
- Orbitz for Business, Self-managed – Ideal for small businesses whose travel spend is less than $250K per year, and who are also seeking to optimize travel spend through lower transaction fees and utilize our negotiated business hotel rates. Gives small businesses an easy-to-implement, scaled for small business managed program, including many features and benefits of the larger Orbitz for Business managed site.
- Road Warrior (http://roadwarrior.orbitz.com) – An extension of Orbitz.com, the Road Warrior microsite offers business-specific tools like Wi-Fi finder, restaurant reservations, business hotel reviews and relevant inventory for independent and unmanaged business travelers.
About Orbitz for Business
Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) is the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide. Launched in 2002, Orbitz for Business was one of the first full-service managed business travel programs offered by an online agency. Orbitz for Business includes a portfolio of business travel products for small to large companies. Its products include self- managed services for small business, managed travel services with fulfillment and service support and international capabilities.
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), the Away Network (www.away.com) and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com). For more information, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://www.orbitz-ir.com.
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