Orbitz for Business Customers Can Now Source and Book Meetings at Competitive Rates Through the StarCite Online Marketplace
PHILADELPHIA and CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Orbitz for Business, the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), and StarCite, Inc., the leading provider of web-based solutions to strategically manage corporate meetings and events, today launched Orbitz for Business Meetings, a new meetings booking channel powered by StarCite and delivered through the Orbitz for Business website. Orbitz for Business customers can now quickly and easily source meeting venues from and send e-RFPs to hotels and other suppliers.
Orbitz for Business Meetings allows customers and meeting planners to access thousands of potential venues, compare highly competitive supplier rates and review project status using an integrated online booking process. Hotels that opt-in to the Orbitz for Business Meetings channel will immediately benefit from increased visibility with hundreds of thousands of qualified, in-market business travelers.
"Orbitz for Business Meetings gives corporate meeting planners an automated way to plan, source and manage meeting venues through the same familiar interface they use to book flights, hotels and car services," said Frank Petito, president, Orbitz for Business. "We are excited to expand our relationship with StarCite, which adds an important piece to the growing spectrum of travel products we deliver to customers. With an intuitive, easy-to-use system and a great shopping experience, our customers can now book thousands of the best venues at the best locations while saving time and money in the process."
"We're thrilled to partner with Orbitz for Business to reach an even wider audience of meetings buyers and travel professionals," said Greg Dukat, CEO, StarCite. "Orbitz for Business customers will benefit from easy access to information about meetings venues and a booking process that delivers competitive prices, and suppliers participating in the Orbitz for Business Meetingschannel will have access to a new and rich channel for high-quality meetings business."
By enrolling in Orbitz for Business Meetings, hotels and other venue providers will be listed whenever an Orbitz for Business customer searches for an on-site meeting in the suppliers' local markets.
If you are a supplier that would like to enroll in the program or receive more information, please visit http://communications.starcite.com/orbitz.html.
About StarCite, Inc.
StarCite, Inc. provides a technology platform that makes meetings and event planning, booking and management simpler, easier, and more cost-effective for corporations, hotels, venues and meetings suppliers worldwide. StarCite delivers visibility, cost savings and control over meetings spending for businesses and enhanced revenue opportunities for suppliers. Through Web-based, on-demand technology, StarCite automates and supports every key element of the meetings planning and procurement process: planning, budgeting, buying, attendance, payment, and results measurement. Using StarCite's proprietary online marketplace, meetings buyers can connect and conduct business with over 93,000 hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers globally. StarCite is based in Philadelphia, PA. Its equity holders include Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite please visit www.starcite.com.
About Orbitz for Business
Orbitz for Business is the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW). Launched in 2002, Orbitz for Business offers a complete portfolio of business travel products and services that help corporate customers plan, search and book travel. Orbitz for Business leverages the Orbitz Worldwide technology platform, customized for corporate travelers. In addition to its leading technology, Orbitz for Business delivers full service, cost effective travel management solutions including 24x7 customer support; expense reporting and policy management tools; and comprehensive choice in travel inventory.
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide 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 a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz, CheapTickets, ebookers, HotelClub, RatesToGo and the Away Network. Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Worldwide Distribution delivers private label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the world's largest airlines. Orbitz Worldwide uses its Investor Relations website to make information available to its investors and the public at http://investors.orbitz.com. You can sign up to receive email alerts whenever the company posts new information to the website.
SOURCE Orbitz for Business