New Partnership Provides Even More Brand Name Merchant Hotel Rates to Orbitz Customers
Chicago, IL – November 15, 2005 – Orbitz, the faster, easier way to find the trip you want, announced today that it has expanded its relationship with Marriott International, Inc. to provide Orbitz.com customers with merchant hotel rates at Marriott hotels and resorts around the world. Marriott has agreed to make more of its inventory of hotel rooms available to Orbitz' growing customer base of travelers.
Previously, Orbitz offered merchant hotel rates at Marriott properties through its agreement with TravelWeb, of which Marriott was a founder. Now, as part of this new relationship with Marriott, Orbitz is able to offer its customers merchant rates directly from Marriott's central reservation system.
"This further strengthens our long-term relationship with Marriott and adds to the breadth of options available to travelers who book hotels on Orbitz.com," said Jeff Grant, vice president of hotels for Orbitz. "Our unmatched focus on customer satisfaction, as recognized recently by J.D. Power and Associates, coupled with our expanded distribution relationship with Marriott, gives our customers both excellent value at fantastic properties and a hotel booking experience that surpasses the competition."
"Marriott has had a strong relationship with Orbitz, and expanding the scope of this relationship, provides Marriott hotels with improved access to a growing and valuable base of leisure travel customers," added Shafiq Khan, senior vice president, eCommerce, Marriott International.
These new Marriott rates add to Orbitz' existing wide selection of merchant and published rates at more than 50,000 independent and brand name chains worldwide.
Orbitz (www.Orbitz.com) is a leading online travel company that enables travelers to search for and purchase a broad array of travel products, including airline tickets, lodging, rental cars, cruises and vacation packages. Since launching its website www.orbitz.com to the general public in June 2001, Orbitz has become the third largest online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On Orbitz, consumers can search more than 455 airlines, tens of thousands of lodging properties worldwide and 16 car rental companies. J.D. Power and Associates noted that Orbitz.com had the highest customer satisfaction for independent travel web sites – hotels in its 2005 Independent Hotel Web Site StudySM. Study based on responses from 3,668 consumers who booked their hotel reservations through an independent travel Web site. www.jdpower.com. Orbitz was acquired by Cendant's Travel Distribution Services division in November 2004 and is part of the Consumer Travel Americas group.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,700 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, The Ritz-Carlton Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and Horizons brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; operates conference centers; and manages golf courses. The company is headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune® magazine. In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site www.marriott.com.