Orbitz has expanded its relationship with Marriott International, Inc. to provide Orbitz.com customers with merchant hotel rates at Marriott hotels and resorts around the world.

Marriott has agreed to make more of its inventory of hotel rooms available to Orbitz' growing customer base of travelers.

Previously, Orbitz offered merchant hotel rates at Marriott properties through its agreement with TravelWeb, of which Marriott was a founder. Now, as part of this new relationship with Marriott, Orbitz is able to offer its customers merchant rates directly from Marriott's central reservation system.

"This further strengthens our long-term relationship with Marriott and adds to the breadth of options available to travelers who book hotels on Orbitz.com," said Jeff Grant, vice president of hotels for Orbitz. "Our unmatched focus on customer satisfaction, as recognized recently by J.D. Power and Associates, coupled with our expanded distribution relationship with Marriott, gives our customers both excellent value at fantastic properties and a hotel booking experience that surpasses the competition."

"Marriott has had a strong relationship with Orbitz, and expanding the scope of this relationship provides Marriott hotels with improved access to a growing and valuable base of leisure travel customers," added Shafiq Khan, senior vice president, eCommerce, Marriott International.

These new Marriott rates add to Orbitz' existing wide selection of merchant and published rates at more than 50,000 independent and brand name chains worldwide.