Orbitz Worldwide collaborates with Emirates Hotels & Resorts in Dubai
05/21/2008|10:55:00 AM|Etravelblackboardasia
Tuesday, 20 May 2008:A distribution agreement between leading global online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) and Emirates Hotels & Resorts Dubai-based management division, was announced earlier this week.

With this agreement comes the availability of inventory of the management division’s first city-based hotel in Dubai, Harbour Hotel & Residence, to Orbitz customers. It will be made available through Orbitz Worldwide online travel brands such as Orbitz and CheapTickets.

“In partnering with Orbitz Worldwide, we are expanding our global reach, and allowing more business and leisure travelers to experience this unique five-star property and the great city of Dubai.” said Bruno Hivon, General Manager, The Harbour Hotel & Residence.

“The Emirates brand is synonymous with luxury.  We’re pleased to add it as a distribution partner and proud to offer the Harbour Hotel & Residence to our Orbitz Worldwide customers.” Said Peggy Bianco, Vice President of global hotel supplier relations, Orbitz Worldwide. 

Opened in November 2007, the Harbour Hotel & Residence reaches 52 stories with 261 luxury suites comprising of studios, 1-3 bedroom suites and six penthouses, each with luxury interiors.

The hotel offers a gymnasium, spa and a range of restaurants including Counter Culture, a New York style deli, coffee bar and bakery; Azur, a Mediterranean-style restaurant and a soon to be opened Observatory on the penthouse floor.

Dubai is the fastest growing travel and business destination with estimates that the number of hotels will increase by 29 percent by 2016.