Orbitz for Business Sees Strong Growth in Best-in-Class Mobile Booking Tool
Business Travelers Increasingly Reaching for Consumerized Technology as Trip
Management Moves Mobile
LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orbitz for Business, the
corporate travel brand of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:OWW), today announced
from the Global Business Travel Association's annual conference that usage of
its mobile solution by corporate travelers has increased nearly 60 percent in
the last 12 months.
In 2011, Orbitz for Business became the first major corporate travel company
to launch an end-to-end mobile solution that blended the ability to book all
major travel products with fully customized corporate policy controls. This
March, a new version of the mobile site was released, featuring a new design
to increase ease-of-use with improved speed and touch responsiveness. More
information about the new mobile solution can be found at
http://orbitzforbusiness.com/gomobileor by visiting the company's booth
(#739) for an in-person demo, located on the main aisle on the west end of the
The demand for comprehensive mobile tools and functionality has exploded
globally. Studies show that last year, 80 percent of all computing devices
shipped were tablets and smartphones, and today's business traveler now
carries multiple mobile devices. While mobile bookings have become
increasingly commonplace among leisure travelers—Orbitz.com reports more than
30 percent of its hotel room nights sold in the first quarter of 2014 came
through mobile channels—business travelers have only shown similar rates of
mobile adoption when provided access to improved mobile tools that deliver a
consumerized experience and incorporate custom corporate travel policies. In a
recent survey of general business travelers, 75 percent of respondents said
they would like the ability to make, change, or cancel their travel plans from
their phone, and 80 percent say they would prefer to make their own changes
via smartphone or tablet instead of calling an agent for assistance.
"At Orbitz Worldwide, it's our mission to be the best place to plan and book
travel on touch devices, and our revamped Orbitz for Business mobile offering
is in line with that mission, giving business travelers a mobile experience
that more closely mirrors the leisure experience, " said Frank Petito,
president of Orbitz for Business. "Our mobile offerings are optimized for all
types of mobile devices while retaining the powerful features available in our
desktop experience. Equally important, our mobile product fully supports the
customized policy, control and compliance requirements of corporate travel
managers and their programs. Our offering leverages what we've learned about
how customers like to search and book travel on Orbitz.com, one of the world's
leading online travel agencies."
The Orbitz for Business mobile website seamlessly integrates all the great
elements of the traditional desktop experience, while giving business
travelers the flexibility, features and functionality to book a broad array of
travel products and services while on the go, including:
*Make New Reservations: Search for and book thousands of flights, hotels
and car rental options, including same-day and last-minute reservations.
In addition, car service and rail bookings will be available this fall.
*Support for All Search Types and Filters: Sort and filter across a full
range of criteria and preferences, such as searching for flights by price
or schedule, or searching for hotels and cars by city, airport, company
location or address.
*Trip Tracking and Itinerary Management: All travel reservations and trip
details are accessible through My Trips, including the ability to cancel
existing reservations and share itineraries.
*Flight Status and Traveler Updates: Check flight status on major worldwide
airlines and receive our patented real-time Orbitz for Business CARE
alerts to stay informed of any changes.
Additionally, the Orbitz for Business mobile website applies all existing
customized corporate travel policies, controls and compliance guidelines to
new reservations, such as:
*Full Policy Application for All Reservations: Travel and compliance
policies are applied to new mobile reservations. This includes prioritized
search results with preferred suppliers and other company-level travel
policies and reference data as well as trip purpose.
*Company and Global Messaging: Global messaging from Orbitz for Business
and company-specific messages appear on the mobile home page, within
search results, and on booking and confirmation pages, consistently across
*Customer Service and Support: Travelers are always just one click away
from 24/7 customer service, including email and telephone-based offline
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 Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using
technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase
travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz
(www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com)
and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide
family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label
travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the
world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business
(www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of
all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at
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