helloworld and Orbitz Worldwide announce strategic alliance

Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:00am EST

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Further to the announcement on 22 July 2013, Jetset Travelworld Limited (ASX: JET) and Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) are pleased to announce the signing of a ten-year Strategic Alliance Agreement, which provides the Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) with access to Orbitz Worldwide's proven global technology platform to power its new online offering, helloworld.com.au.


Rob Gurney, JTG CEO, says that the long term strategic alliance between JTG and Orbitz Worldwide will bring world-class technology and content to the Australian market.

"Our alliance with Orbitz Worldwide is a key component in helloworld's multichannel strategy. helloworld.com.au will provide customers with access to a new, best-in-class online shopping and booking experience, backed by Orbitz Worldwide's proven global technology," says Mr Gurney.

"helloworld.com.au will feature a comprehensive range of air, land, cruise and car options at launch. The site will launch in late 2013 and will continue to evolve throughout 2014, with mobile applications, travel insurance and dynamic packaging functionality to be introduced in the coming months," adds Mr Gurney.


Mr Gurney says helloworld will allow customers to search and transact via the channel they find most convenient and comfortable.

"It's our goal to provide options for customers to search online and transact both offline and online. helloworld.com.au combines the convenience of researching and booking online with the knowledge, support and advice of our dedicated and experienced agents," says Mr Gurney.

helloworld Agents will be able to view a customer's online bookings and provide expert guidance and assistance, or book additional products and services to enhance the customer's travel experience.

Customers can also quickly and easily consult the helloworld.com.au Agent Finder to determine the location of their nearest helloworld Agent and their field of expertise.


Mr Gurney adds that all helloworld Agents will have the opportunity to share in the success of helloworld.com.au.

"helloworld aims to reshape the Australian travel landscape by uniting the dedication and experience of our full-service agencies with an industry-leading online offering. As a result, helloworld Agents will be provided with a share in the earnings from the online site," says Mr Gurney.


Barney Harford, Orbitz Worldwide CEO, says the agreement cements the ongoing relationship between JTG and OWW.

"helloworld continues to break new ground for the Australian travel industry. Orbitz is pleased to be partnering with JTG to bring Orbitz Worldwide's technology expertise to more Australian consumers," says Mr. Harford.  

"Our investment in a powerful global technology platform has resulted in enormous benefits to our customers in terms of fast and easy to book sites, and has helped spur impressive growth across our global brands and business partners. This same technology leadership will provide helloworld with a strong online and mobile presence."

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.  Chicago-based 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.  For the year ended 31 December 2012, Orbitz Worldwide reported a TTV of US$11.2 billion and revenue of US$778.8 million. 

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