Orbitz for Business inks deal with American Bar Association

Orbitz for Business said Wednesday it has signed a deal with the American Bar Association to provide corporate travel management services to the 400,000-member group.

At the same time the company said it has signed international law firm McDermott Will & Emery as a corporate client.

"Our on-site and dedicated agent capabilities provide an element of VIP care that was instrumental in both of these high-profile clients' selection of Orbitz for Business," said Dean Sivley, senior vice president and COO for Orbitz for Business, in a statement. "Our combined offline and online solutions, and leading customer care, have more and more organizations who truly value high-touch service & turning to Orbitz for Business."

Orbitz for Business, part of Travelport's Orbitz Worldwide division, serves some 1 million corporate travelers and 2,000 corporate clients, the company noted in a press release.

Orbitz business travel division will provide travel management services for the ABA's travel, meetings and events, Orbitz said, using a dedicated reservations system for members; leadership and officers; staff; law students; speakers; and guests.

Through a dedicated Orbitz for Business site, ABA members without a preferred agency relationship also can access the same negotiated rates and other program benefits when traveling on non-ABA business, Orbitz said.

It was important for us to identify a solution that takes our program to the next level, while giving travelers an easy-to-use and reliable interface," Marty Balogh, ABA director of meetings and travel said in a statement. "We are confident that through this decision we will enhance our operation and enable the ABA to serve its members more effectively."

McDermott employs more than 1,000 lawyers in its international offices in Brussels; Düsseldorf, Germany; London, Munich and Rome, and its domestic offices including in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, and Washington, Orbitz noted. Orbitz said the contract makes the company the exclusive travel provider for the international law firm, which operates in 70 countries.

To contact reporter Dan Luzadder, send e-mail to [email protected].

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