Spa Finder and Orbitz Celebrate Partnership with Joint Spa Vacation Sweepstakes

Chicago, IL and New York, NY — October 1, 2002

Spa Finder, the leading spa travel and media company, and Orbitz, the travel website with the most low fares, are celebrating the launch of their co-branded spa travel site with a special “Spa Vacation Sweepstakes,” in which one lucky winner will select a 5-day trip at one of three luxurious Golden Door Spa resorts.

Visitors to Orbitz spa travel section will now link directly to a newly designed, co-branded Spa Finder site for booking spa vacation packages, researching spa travel, shopping for spa products and even purchasing spa gift certificates. With the co-branded site, Orbitz visitors can also access the most extensive database of spa content on the web, including articles from Spa Finder Magazine.

Orbitz is the first major online travel company to utilize Spa Finder's proprietary spa vacation booking engine, which offers online pricing, availability and booking at hundreds of premiere destination and resort spas worldwide. The co-branded site also offers customers easy access to a range of additional Spa Finder products and content, including last-minute "Best Buys" (with savings of 10 - 50% at leading spas) and Spa Finder gift certificates, redeemable at over 1,000 spas nationwide.

"Spa travel is one of Orbitz' more popular 'specialty travel' categories featured on the website," said Mike Sands, Chief Marketing Officer of Orbitz. "Spa Finder has established itself as the definitive consumer resource and we are pleased to celebrate this partnership with a special sweepstakes for Orbitz customers."

Spa Finder is the clear market leader in the spa travel segment, a niche that has enjoyed exponential growth over the past decade and which has held strong even in the face of the recent travel downturn. It is estimated that 95 million visits are made to U.S. spas annually. And during a recent Gallup Poll, one-third of respondents said access to a spa is important in making their travel plans.

"We applaud Orbitz' vision with regards to the spa travel phenomenon; it's another indication of their sensitivity to the changing needs of today's travelers," says Spa Finder Chairman and CEO Pete Ellis. Scott Caldwell, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing adds: "Our partnership puts Orbitz in a distinct¾and very strategic¾position of spa travel leadership among the major online travel companies. It's also a great example of the role Spa Finder enjoys as the focal point of the spa industry, finding effective new ways to connect more and more consumers with the spa experience."

Consumers can enter the sweepstakes by simply clicking on the Spa Travel link on the Orbitz home page, or on promotional banners running on and off The Orbitz and SpaFinder sweepstakes ends on October 31, 2002.

About Spa Finder Travel

As the world's leading spa travel reservation service, Spa Finder has been considered the spa authority since its founding in 1986. As the largest aggregator of content and information on spas, Spa Finder has streamlined the booking of spa vacations-connecting more spa goers with their ideal spa experience. The New York Times recently cited the founding of Spa Finder as a milestone in the growth of the worldwide spa industry. In addition to Spa Finder Travel, the Company publishes Spa Finder Magazine, the leading publication devoted to spa travel and healthy lifestyles and operates, the most complete Internet source for the spa experience.

About Orbitz

Orbitz is a leading online travel company offering consumers the largest selection of low airfares, as well as deals on lodging, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and other travel. Orbitz' state-of the-art flight search engine searches more than 455 airlines - up to 2 billion flight and fare options - offering an unbiased and comprehensive list of airfares and schedules. Founded by the world's leading airlines - American (AMR), Continental (CAL), Delta (DAL), Northwest (NWAC) and United (UAL) airlines - Orbitz also offers consumers a large collection of discounted web-only air fares. For more information, visit

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