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Orbitz.com Adds Google Street View Giving Its Customers a Virtual Walking Tour of a Hotel's Neighborhood

Integration of Google Street View into hotel shopping path allows customers to tour the neighborhood before they commit to making a booking

CHICAGO, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz.com (www.orbitz.com) today made choosing a hotel easier with the integration of Google Street View into its mapping functionality. Orbitz is the only major U.S. online travel company(1) to integrate Google Street View into its hotel offering, allowing customers to explore the neighborhood around a hotel and check out 360 degree street-level views of hotels, nearby restaurants, shops and local attractions.

"With the launch of Google Street View on Orbitz.com, we are continuing to progress towards our goal of making Orbitz the best place for travelers to book a hotel," said Sam Fulton, GVP of retail merchandising for Orbitz Worldwide. "This launch comes on the heels of the introduction of Hotel Price Assurance and Total Price hotel search results, differentiating Orbitz from the competition."

"We're excited to see Orbitz implementing the Google Maps API Premier and adding Street View imagery to the hotel booking experience on Orbitz, giving consumers the ability to observe a hotel's surroundings as if they were there," said Daniel Chu, Product Manager, Google Enterprise. "We're glad to see partners like Orbitz bring this type of innovative technology to their millions of customers."

To access Google Street View on Orbitz, simply select the "Maps & area info" tab on the hotel property page and click the "Street View" link. Any hotel address available for Street View on Google Maps will be available to view on Orbitz.com.

Street View is made available via the Google Maps APIs. Orbitz is implementing Google Maps API Premier, the enterprise-grade version of the Google Maps API with advanced geocoding and support capabilities.

Google Street View is the most recent example of Orbitz's strong focus on delivering an unparalleled hotel booking experience to its customers.

Orbitz recently introduced Total Price hotel search results, making it radically easier for consumers to search for hotels. Orbitz is the only major online travel company to show Total Price per night including taxes and fees upfront on the initial search results page. Competitors only show base rate, requiring customers to actually select a hotel before finding out the Total Price.

In May, Orbitz launched Hotel Price Assurance, promising customers the best Orbitz rate for their hotel. Here's how it works: you book any pre-paid hotel on Orbitz, another Orbitz customer subsequently books the same hotel stay at a lower rate, and Orbitz automatically sends you a check for the difference.

For more information on Orbitz Price Assurance, visit www.orbitz.com/priceassurance.

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com (www.orbitz.com) is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the largest online travel sites in the world and has led the industry with innovations including Flight Price Assurance, Hotel Price Assurance and Total Price hotel search results. On Orbitz.com consumers can search more than 80,000 suppliers worldwide including airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide.

For access to exclusive Orbitz deals, promotions and insider travel tips, follow Orbitz on Twitter at www.twitter.com/orbitz.

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 (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 on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit corp.orbitz.com.

(1) Major U.S. online travel company defined as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline, based on gross bookings according to PhoCusWright.

SOURCE Orbitz.com

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