CHICAGO, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a
leading global online travel company, today announced a distribution agreement
with Zurich, Switzerland-based, Swiss Quality Hotels International
(http://www.swissqualityhotels.com). The agreement coincides with expanding
hotel inventory access for Orbitz Worldwide in Europe, as well as three
consecutive quarters of more than 40% growth in international gross bookings.
Lodging at Swiss Quality Hotels will be made available through a portfolio
of Orbitz Worldwide's online travel brands including Orbitz
(http://www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com),
ebookers.com (http://www.ebookers.com) and HotelClub
The Swiss Quality Hotels International brand features a collection of more
than 84 properties in 52 world-famous cities, including resorts in
Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
"It's gratifying that we continue to see tremendous growth in
international markets during what's been a somewhat challenging time for
travelers," said Peggy Bianco, vice president of global hotel supplier
relations, Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. "As we derive more of our revenues from
non-air bookings, like hotel and packages, we're pleased to help facilitate
bookings for our customers at Swiss Quality Hotel properties, where they can
experience first-class treatment and elegant facilities."
Orbitz Worldwide's ebookers brand, operating in 13 countries across
Europe, recently launched its first site on its new global technology platform
where users can search for travel in a non-English language. The ebookers
Belgian (http://www.ebookers.be), Austrian (http://www.ebookers.at) and Dutch
(http://www.ebookers.nl) websites join operations in the United Kingdom
(http://www.ebookers.com) and Ireland (http://www.ebookers.ie) that have
recently fully migrated to Orbitz Worldwide's global platform.
"We're particularly excited to enter into this win-win partnership with
Orbitz Worldwide, as we broaden what's already been a strong and successful
relationship with its HotelClub brand," said Amjad Nashashibi, director of
sales and marketing, Swiss Quality Hotels. "By making our member hotels
available across Orbitz Worldwide's many global brands, we are confident this
partnership will help us reach millions of travelers worldwide and enhance our
global distribution strategy."
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,
About Swiss Quality Hotels
Swiss Quality Hotels International is regarded as the largest hotel group
in Switzerland. The fast-growing Zurich-based hotel group encompasses
84 quality-oriented hotels located in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland
(77 Swiss member hotels). With such a portfolio, Swiss Quality Hotels
International has a wide range of services and price structure on offer while
maintaining a commitment to quality, service and value.
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-312-894-6890,