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Orbitz Worldwide Announces Strategic Distribution Partnership With Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

CHICAGO and MUMBAI, India, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company, today announced a strategic partnership with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces (http://www.tajhotels.com).

Under the partnership, Taj will make its global collection of nearly 80 premier hotels and resorts available through a portfolio of Orbitz Worldwide brands, including Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com), ebookers.com (http://www.ebookers.com) and HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com).

"The addition of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces gives Orbitz Worldwide access to another true luxury brand that our customers can rely upon for a first-class experience," said Peggy Bianco, vice president of global hotel supplier relations, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. "Taj nicely complements our international growth strategy and further demonstrates the value being delivered by our growing hotel sourcing teams outside the U.S."

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest hotel chains, comprised of 60 hotels in 42 locations across India, with an additional 18 international hotels in the U.S., Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, UK, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.

"As we continue with an aggressive plan for domestic and international expansion, it's critical to reach the millions of travelers who've embraced online booking through channels like those offered by Orbitz Worldwide," said Puneet Mahindroo, Corporate Director of Revenue Management & Global Distribution, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. "Additionally, this distribution partnership will provide access to an increasing number of tech-savvy travelers to the Taj brand of hotels across the globe."

The Orbitz Worldwide/Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces agreement comes as both outbound and inbound tourism to India continues to flourish. Foreign tourist arrivals, according to India's Ministry of Tourism, reached more than five million in 2007 -- a growth rate of nearly 15 percent over 2006.

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, visit http://corp.orbitz.com/.

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 60 hotels in 42 locations across India with an additional 18 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, has recently completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house. For more information, please visit http://www.tajhotels.com.

SOURCE
Orbitz Worldwide

CONTACT:
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-312-894-6890, bhoyt@orbitz.com

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