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Orbitz Worldwide Expands International Hotel Inventory Through Agreement With NH Hoteles

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eTN  Jan 05, 2008

Deal adds hundreds of new European properties available through Orbitz, CheapTickets, ebookers.com and HotelClub brands

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW ) , a leading global online travel company, today announced it has reached a distribution agreement with Madrid-based NH Hoteles (http://www.nh-hotels.com/), a leading European hotel chain.

The agreement will make NH Hoteles inventory available across a number of Orbitz Worldwide online travel brands, including Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com/), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com/), ebookers.com (http://www.ebookers.com/), and HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com/).

"As we work to build out our international inventory, this agreement with NH Hoteles provides our customers with more lodging options across Europe in key destinations like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome and Paris," said Peggy Bianco, vice president of global hotel supplier relations for Orbitz Worldwide. "The addition of this inventory demonstrates our company's commitment to growth globally for both our suppliers and customers who do business with us everyday."

ebookers.com, which operates in 13 different countries across Europe, is in the process of migrating to Orbitz Worldwide's global technology platform. With the U.K. site (http://www.ebookers.co.uk/) fully migrated and Ireland (http://www.ebookers.ie/) beginning its migration in Q4 2007, the platform enables ebookers.com customers to access three times the amount of shared global hotel inventory than was previously available. The agreement with NH Hoteles bolsters the already more than 80,000 hotel properties available through Orbitz Worldwide brands.

NH Hoteles currently has 341 hotels with 49,556 rooms in 21 countries, primarily in Europe with a presence in South America and Africa. This includes the Jolly Hotels chain which was purchased by NH Hoteles in February 2007, making them one of the leading hotel companies in Italy.

"We are excited to partner with a travel distribution technology leader like Orbitz Worldwide," said Inigo Onieva, Corporate Officer Marketing & E-Distribution of NH Hoteles, Inc. "This distribution partnership enables a whole new group of internationally-based savvy travelers who can now experience our world-class hotel properties."

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 and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (http://www.orbitz.com/), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com/), ebookers.com (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, visit the Orbitz Worldwide Investor Relations website at http://www.orbitz-ir.com/.

About NH Hoteles

NH Hoteles (http://www.nh-hotels.com/) currently has 341 hotels with 49,556 rooms in 21 countries in Europe, America and Africa. NH Hoteles has at present 44 new projects for hotels under construction, which will provide 9,000 new rooms. NH Hoteles stands out in quality both in terms of services and their facilities, with very carefully thought out decoration, intended to please all tastes and making the guest feel comfortable. NH Hoteles establishments offer the most up to date technologies designed to facilitate the guests' communication as well as his work and leisure. NH Hoteles is a responsible company in the Tourism industry. The chain offers hotel services which anticipate present and future needs of both our internal and external stakeholders (Employees, Clients, Shareholders, Suppliers, Environment, etc.), the communities where we operate and future generations with maximum attention to detail and efficient and sustainable solutions.

NH Hoteles is listed on the Stock Exchange of Madrid (in the selective Ibex 35 Index).

Orbitz Worldwide Expands International Hotel Inventory Through Agreement With NH Hoteles



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