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Orbitz Launches "Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun" in Partnership with The Mexico Tourism Board and the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Online video series highlights Mexico's most dynamic city in conjunction with discounts of up to 55 percent off Cancun hotels

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2013 - Leading online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) has partnered with the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Mexico Tourism Board to launch "Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun," a nine-part online video series that is hosted by award-winning travel expert Richard Bangs and is available for viewing at Orbitz.com/Cancun.  Supported by discounts of up to 55 percent off hotel rooms, this sixth installment of the "Orbitz Originals" series once again harnesses the power of online video to inspire travelers and drive travel bookings to Cancun, Mexico's most dynamic city.

Cancun, located on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, on the southeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, boasts 150 hotels and 380 restaurants to accommodate more than four million visitors annually1. Each episode of "Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun" inspires travelers to explore the novel attractions and activities Cancun has to offer all year-round.  Highlights of the series include:

  • "Swimming with Whale Sharks" brings the viewer up close and personal with the world's largest fish, a shy behemoth that can be spotted at several choice locations off the coast of Cancun 

  • "The Secrets of Cenotes" showcases a tour of beautiful caves with freshwater pools - known as "cenotes" - that provided the natural water supply for several ancient Mayan settlements 

  • "Cancun's Best Food" presents Richard Bangs' Gold List of restaurants, including Lumière at LeBlanc Spa Resort, Navios on the Nichupte Lagoon, and Julia Mia in downtown Cancun. 

  •  "Escape to Isla Mujeres" takes viewers on a short ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, a small island in the Caribbean that serves as the perfect romantic getaway 

  • "Golf vs. Spa: Battle of the Vacationers" proves that Cancun offers more than just sandy beaches and crystal clear water.  The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is home to a par 72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and a world-class spa to relax the mind, body and spirit. 

"Cancun is a beautiful destination that contributes a significant percentage of Mexico's tourism-related revenue.  Home to one-of-a-kind museums like the Cancun Underwater Museum and the Cancun Maya Museum, unique activities like Exotic Rides and delicious cuisine that mixes Mexican, Spanish and native cultures, the destination continues to attract a variety of travelers to its shores," said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. "'Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun' is a wonderful showcase of the activities and attractions that may be unknown to many travelers, with visually striking footage and expert travel recommendations from Richard Bangs, one of the world's foremost travel experts."

To date, "Orbitz Originals" videos highlighting the Cayman Islands, Qatar, Vermont, Ireland and New York have been viewed by tens of thousands of travelers seeking inspiration for future trips, and bookings to those destinations experienced double-digit growth over the life of each campaign.  

"Our mission with the 'Orbitz Originals' series is to inspire travelers and drive bookings to a diverse set of global destinations," said Josh Winkler, Orbitz Worldwide vice president of partner marketing. "Cancun has always been a popular destination for Orbitz travelers, but we felt the full scope of Cancun's assets was not necessarily top-of-mind for our customers. 'Orbitz Originals: The Different Cancun' will immediately change that as viewers take advantage of significant hotel discounts and see everything Cancun has for travelers wanting more than just another beach vacation."

1Source: Cancun Tourism Center (http://cancuntourismcenter.com/)

About Orbitz Worldwide

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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 Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is Mexico's number one tourist destination and is known all over the world for its spectacular beaches, unique beauty and breathtaking turquoise waters.

Cancun's shoreline completed a $71 million dollar makeover in 2010 that featured 1.3 billion gallons of sand to renovate the Hotel Zone's seashore. The most popular tourism destination in Mexico and Latin America has also added to its sun, beach, and nightlife, by creating a unique five-day route that will offer visitors a chance to experience adventure and interaction with nature. Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean invite travelers to discover the vast natural, cultural and gastronomical cultures of Puerto Morelos, and the islands of the Mexican Caribbean, which include: Holbox, Isla Mujeres and Contoy. Cancun is a multifaceted destination that combines the very best in luxury, nature, historical Mayan culture, glamour, and world-class amenities with seductive adventure offerings and an up-and-coming gastronomy scene.

For more information, visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: www.cancun.travel. Follow us on Twitter @CancunCVB, "LIKE" us on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/cancuncvb browse through our videos on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/cancuntravel and share your pictures of Cancun on our Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22572360@N07/

About The Mexico Tourism Board

The Mexico Tourism Board is responsible for promoting and marketing Mexico through creative advertising, travel industry partnerships and sales campaigns. With 30 centuries of history, over 6,000 miles of coastline, 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the world's most dazzling assortment of resorts, 40,000 archaeological sites, 110,000 registered monuments, vibrant indigenous culture and a 300 year Spanish/European Colonial legacy, Mexico is unparalleled in diversity, hospitality, and the quality of its visitor experience. Mexico is renown for cooking schools, eco-adventure, voluntourism, mountain trekking, destination weddings and scuba! Mexico is a destination where you need to 'Live It To Believe It' and delivers better value than any destination in the Americas.

SOURCE: Orbitz Worldwide

Media contacts:

Orbitz Worldwide

Tim Enstice
+1 312 894 4721
tim.enstice@orbitz.com

Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau
Erika Mitzunaga
+52 998 881 27 59
erikam@cancun.travel


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