January 14, 2009 – CHICAGO, IL – Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a leading, global online travel company, today announced an affiliate relationship with the City of Chicago’s Office of Tourism, whereby Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) will serve as a key partner of the new Explore Chicago (www.explorechicago.org) website, offering users the opportunity to book travel on the site.
Each year, millions of travelers from around the world visit Chicago and its world-famous museums and cultural offerings, its lakefront parks, renowned architecture and vibrant neighborhoods. Explore Chicago is a comprehensive site helping visitors learn about the city, things to see and do, and also features travel tools to help plan and make the most of their stay.
The Orbitz partnership gives Chicago-bound travelers the ability to “explore Chicago,” then readily book travel; including air tickets from thousands of origins around the world, hotel accommodations, car rentals and even tickets for shows like Blue Man Group, museums including Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and others, sporting events and much more.
“Orbitz Worldwide is proud to partner with Mayor Daley’s office and the new Explore Chicago site to help bring travelers to our great city,” said Barney Harford, President and CEO, Orbitz Worldwide. “It’s a great time to travel, and we’re eager to work hand-in-hand with the city to show tourists why Chicago is and always will be one of the great travel destinations in the world.”
Consumers using ExploreChicago.org who then book travel to the city through Orbitz will also benefit from Orbitz.com’s unique Price AssuranceSM service, which refunds the difference in airfare for travelers in the event another Orbitz customer later books the same flight itinerary on the site for a lower price. Additionally, travelers exploring Chicago will benefit from valued savings when booking flight + hotel vacation packages, as well as OrbitzTLC, an innovative service that proactively alerts customers with information about their trip via email, phone or text message.
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 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/.