Orbitz, the site that makes it easy to find great travel deals, today
announced that the number of participating hotels in its expanding
merchant program has surpassed the 7,000 mark, enhanced by new
partnerships with Choice Hotels International, Destination Hotels &
Resorts and Kimpton Hotels that all offer discount OrbitzSaver(SM) rates.
“Our new agreements with these major players in the hotel industry give
travelers even more reasons to book their lodging arrangements on
Orbitz.com, where they can save up to 70 percent off retail rates at
popular hotels and resorts,” said John Samuel, executive vice president of
Consumer Travel at Orbitz. “The addition of Choice Hotels, with its family
of well-known economy and mid-scale brands, enhances Orbitz` selection of
affordable hotel options. In addition, Destination and Kimpton expand our
assortment of luxury resorts and upscale boutique properties.”
—Choice Hotels International franchises hotels, inns, all-suite hotels,
and resorts open and under development in 42 countries under the Comfort
Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Rodeway Inn, Econo
Lodge, and MainStay Suites brand names.—Destination Hotels & Resorts
manages a portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts at the most
desirable travel destinations throughout the U.S., including The Argent
Hotel in San Francisco, the Algonquin Hotel in New York, Teton Mountain
Lodge in Jackson Hole and Royal Palms Resort & Casitas in Phoenix.—
Kimpton Hotels offers a desirable selection of renowned boutique hotels
located in leading urban markets and resort locations across the country,
including the Sky Hotel in Aspen, Hotel Allegro in Chicago, Hotel Palomar
in San Francisco and seven Hotel Monacos in major U.S. cities.
“Distributing our hotel rates and inventory via a strong partner like
Orbitz allows Choice Hotels to further expand our online reach and to
lower costs for our franchisees worldwide,” said Mary Beth Knight, vice
president, e-commerce for Choice Hotels.
OrbitzConnect, a virtual pipeline between Orbitz and its merchant hotel
partners` central reservations system, offers hotels a more flexible
approach to managing online inventory. OrbitzConnect allows hotels to
update their content displayed on Orbitz.com from reservation
confirmations and room rates to amenity information and enhanced room
descriptions, seamlessly and in real- time.
By helping hotels reduce labor and operating costs, Orbitz is able to
enhance its breadth of OrbitzSaver rates and help consumers increase their
savings opportunities through more discount hotel rates.
These new, desirable OrbitzSaver rates add to Orbitz` existing wide
selection of merchant and published rates at 45,000 independent hotels and
brand name chains worldwide.
Orbitz 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 our website in June 2001, we have become the third largest
online travel site based on gross travel bookings. On our website,
consumers can search more than 455 airlines as well as rates at over
45,000 lodging properties and at 23 car rental companies. For more
information, please visit http://www.orbitz.com/ .