Latest installment of the popular online series highlights the best of Doha
CHICAGO, July 11, 2013 - Leading online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) and Qatar Airways, named "World's Best Business Class" by Skytrax, today launched a five-part online video series, "Orbitz Originals: The Great Qatar Airways Adventure," hosted by award-winning travel expert Richard Bangs and available for viewing at Orbitz.com/Qatar. Building on the success of previous "Orbitz Originals" installments that premiered over the past year, this new series harnesses the power of online video to showcase Qatar's world-class hotels, shopping and activities in the capital city of Doha as well as the five-star in-flight experience available on Qatar Airways.
Located on the edge of the Arabian Gulf and bordering Saudi Arabia to the south, Qatar is within eight hours flight time to more than two thirds of the world's population - and by 2014 its airline segment is expected to become the Middle East region's second-largest air market1. As the country is poised for rapid growth in tourism, each episode of "Orbitz Originals: The Great Qatar Airways Adventure" inspires travelers by focusing on a unique aspect of the Qatar experience:
"Where is Qatar?" delivers an overview of Qatar and the vibrant art, culture, architecture and cuisine of its capital city, Doha.
"Top Things to Do" presents Richard Bangs' Gold List of activities, including a stroll along the Corniche promenade, a visit to the Katara Village, and a nighttime cruise around Doha Bay
"Qatar Airways Experience" showcases the luxury and comfort travelers experience when flying the country's namesake airline
"Fabulous Hotels" explores Richard Bangs' Gold List of Doha's top accommodations
"Irresistible Shopping" highlights The Pearl, a premier waterfront home to over 2 million square feet of shopping, leisure and restaurant areas
To date, "Orbitz Originals" videos highlighting the Cayman Islands, Vermont, Ireland and New York have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of travelers in over 150 countries, and the featured destinations experienced a significant increase in bookings over the life of each campaign.
"'Orbitz Originals' has proven to be an extremely successful program that inspires travelers and drives bookings to a diverse set of global destinations," said Josh Winkler, Orbitz Worldwide vice president of partner marketing. "Qatar, with its stunning visuals, is a natural fit for our program. Richard's expert travel recommendations will give viewers the inspiration they seek to book the trip of a lifetime."
1Source: PhoCusWright's Middle East Online Travel Overview, March 2013
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Orbitz.com is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and book an array of travel products and services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and vacation packages. Since launching its website 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 the Orbitz Matrix Display and Orbitz Price Assurance. The Matrix Display revolutionized the way the travel industry displayed fares and makes it quick and easy for consumers to compare flights, rental cars and vacation packages. Orbitz.com also offers "Insider Steals," a weekly, members-only flash sale that provides exclusive deals of 50% or more off of handpicked hotels in top destinations around the world as well as "Mobile Steals," exclusive hotel deals of up to 50% off in the most popular destinations around the world, available to mobile consumers via m.orbitz.com and the full suite of Orbitz mobile apps. On Orbitz.com consumers can search a broad range of suppliers worldwide. Orbitz.com is owned by Orbitz Worldwide. Stay connected to Orbitz.com with sale alerts, exclusive promotions and engaging conversations by following Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and the Orbitz Travel Blog.
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways currently has orders worth over US$50 billion for more than 250 aircraft, including Boeing 787s, 777s, Airbus A350s, A380s and A320 Family of aircraft. At the recent Skytrax World Airline awards at the 2013 Paris Air Show, the airline was awarded Best Business Class in the World, Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East, and Best Business Class Lounge in the World. In October 2012, Qatar Airways became the first of the major Gulf carriers to officially announce plans to join a global alliance having been invited into the oneworld group. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
SOURCE: Orbitz Worldwide
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