Robust Environment for Business Travel is Consistent with Overall Market Strength, According to Survey Fielded by Newsweek & The

   Robust Environment for Business Travel is Consistent with Overall Market
Strength, According to Survey Fielded by Newsweek & The Daily Beast and Orbitz
                                 for Business

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, March 13, 2013

CHICAGO, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Business travel serves as an important
barometer for overall economic outlook and sentiment, and consistent with Wall
Street's strong first quarter, employers started out the year bullish with 74
percent of business travelers expecting the same amount or more business
travel in 2013, compared to last year,according to a survey of business
travelers conducted by the Newsweek & The Daily Beast research department in
partnership with Orbitz for Business, the corporate travel brand of Orbitz
Worldwide (NYSE: OWW).


Online adoption is also strong with 90 percent of respondents booking travel
online at least some of time and 67 percent booking at least three fourths of
their trips online. Mobile represents a distinct area of opportunity with
only 12 percent of respondents using a mobile device to book flights or hotel
rooms. In comparison, leisure travel booked on sees much higher
mobile penetration, with nearly 25 percent of hotel bookings now being
generated through mobile channels. The survey found that over 81 percent of
all respondents indicated they are "very satisfied" or "mostly satisfied" with
the processes in place to plan, book and execute their business trips.

Among respondents who participate in an employer-mandated corporate travel
program, 72 percent were "mostly satisfied" or "completely satisfied" with
their employer's managed travel guidelines and 96 percent feel "very
obligated" or "somewhat obligated" to save money for their company when they
travel. Further demonstrating an inclination towards policy compliance, 56
percent of managed travelers reported that they never book travel outside
company policy and an additional 33 percent said they do so less than 25
percent of the time.

"The results of this survey reinforce what we've learned from our clients –
booking travel online provides a much more satisfying user experience, as
evidenced by our customers' 90 percent online adoption rate, and business
travelers save money for their employer by complying with corporate policy
wherever possible," said Mark Walton, vice president of global strategic
accounts at Orbitz for Business. "Since business travel is an important
driver of economic growth, we must continue to provide the service, technology
and tools that give travelers the most convenient and cost effective travel

Additional findings from the survey include:

  oIn the past 12 months, over 37 percent of respondents took five or more
    business trips and nearly 39 percent stayed at least 20 hotel nights
  oAmong those respondents in a managed travel program, 47 percent book their
    own travel while only 17 percent report their travel being booked by the
    company travel department
  oOnly 34 percent of managed travelers who book their own trips are "very
    satisfied" with the technology available to plan and book travel
  oCustomer service is one aspect of business travel that remains largely in
    the offline world – nearly 65 percent of respondents prefer to phone a
    customer service agent if there are any issues while on a business trip
  oWhen it comes to company reimbursement for travel related extras, 65
    percent say their company will reimburse for the first checked bag but
    only 23 percent will be reimbursed for the second. Meanwhile, 58 percent
    of respondents can expense the cost of hotel room Internet service but
    only 15 percent can expect reimbursement for in-flight Internet access.


  oNewsweek & The Daily Beast Research Department, in partnership with Orbitz
    for Business, conducted an online survey via email recruitment of in-tab
    Newsweek readers
  oThe study was fielded between December 14, 2012 and January 1, 2013
  o572 business travelers who had taken at least one trip in the past 12
    months participated
  oPotential respondents were incentivized by an Orbitz for Business travel
    giveaway offering airfare vouchers to a randomly selected,
    completed-survey respondent

About Orbitz for Business

Orbitz for Business is the corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:
OWW). Launched in 2002, Orbitz for Business offers a complete portfolio of
global business travel products and services that help corporate customers
plan, search and book travel. Orbitz for Business leverages Orbitz Worldwide
technology, customized for corporate travelers. In addition to its leading
technology, Orbitz for Business delivers full service, cost effective travel
management solutions including 24/7 customer support; expense reporting and
policy management tools; and comprehensive choice in travel inventory.

About Newsweek & The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast was founded in 2008 as the vision of Tina Brown and IAC
Chairman Barry Diller. Curated to avoid information overload, the site is
dedicated to breaking news and sharp commentary. In 2011, The Daily Beast
became the online home of Newsweek magazine, which has served as the world's
preeminent conversation starter since its founding in 1933. Tina Brown, former
editor of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Talk, serves as editor-in-chief of
both publications. The combined operation now regularly attracts over 18
million unique online visitors a month and the magazine reaches millions more
through its tablet and international editions.

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide 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 a
portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz (,
CheapTickets (, ebookers ( , HotelClub
(, RatesToGo ( and the Away Network
( Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, OrbitzWorldwide
Distribution ( delivers private
label travel solutions to a broad range of partners including many of the
world's largest airlines, and Orbitz for Business (
delivers managed corporate travel solutions for corporations. For more
information on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

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SOURCE Orbitz Worldwide

Contact: Orbitz Worldwide: Tim Enstice, +1 312-894-4721,
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