SYDNEY, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- HotelClub
(www.hotelclub.com.au), a leading hotel and global accommodation website and
brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), today announced an exclusive agreement
with Virgin Blue Airlines to provide integrated hotel accommodation offerings
to all Virgin Blue Guests.
The integration of HotelClub's online booking engine gives customers
booking on the Virgin Blue Airlines' websites a simple and seamless way to
book hotel accommodations. The agreement gives Virgin Blue Guests access to
HotelClub's expansive inventory of more than 48,000 accommodation options in
"At a time when travellers everywhere are becoming more cost conscious,
we're pleased to offer significant savings, as well as a quick and easy hotel
booking experience to Virgin Blue Guests," said Chloe Lim, managing director,
HotelClub. "Especially now, it's important for travel suppliers to work
together to make it easier and more affordable for consumers to travel, and
this is a partnership that we believe will do just that."
Visitors to the Virgin Blue websites will also have access to a variety of
HotelClub benefits including:
-- The ability to compare and book accommodation in 14 different
-- View customer reviews and ratings for every hotel in the HotelClub
-- A wide selection of last-minute hotel booking options
-- The ability to book up to 12 months prior to travel dates
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, "We are pleased to be
joining with HotelClub to further strengthen Virgin Blue's worldwide
Virgin Blue Airlines, including Polynesian Blue, Pacific Blue, currently
flies to 39 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with
recently launched routes including Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Bali and
the Solomon Islands. The airline will launch its V Australia subsidiary flying
from Australia to the USA in early 2009*.
All Virgin Blue customers including Velocity members will have access to
Virgin Blue's new range of hotels and accommodation.
* Subject to regulatory approvals.
For further information -Jenny Muir, Primary Communication - Tel - +61 2
9212 3888 mobile + 61 415 401 200 Email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Brian Hoyt,
Orbitz Worldwide - Tel - (202) 336-5106, e-mail email@example.com.
HotelClub is a global accommodation specialist operating the following
websites: HotelClub.com - bookings up to 12 months in advance and
RatesToGo.com - bookings up to 28 days in advance. HotelClub offers users the
choice of more than 48,000 hotels in over 126 countries worldwide. HotelClub
is available in fourteen languages - Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and
Thai. HotelClub is truly global offering its customers access through country
specific websites. HotelClub is part of Orbitz Worldwide.
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 Virgin Blue Group
Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) and
international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a
fleet of 78 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 27
Australian and 12 international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji,
Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Bali and the
Solomon Islands. Virgin Blue was the first airline in the world to launch a
Government-certified carbon offset program, where Guests can offset the carbon
emissions from their flights. Virgin Blue Group has also announced plans to
launch Australia's newest international airline, V Australia, set to commence
flights between Australia and the USA from 2009, subject to regulatory
Jenny Muir, Primary Communication, +61 2 9212 3888, cell, 61
415 401 200;
or Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-202-336-5106,