Showbiz Launches New Era of Show & Accomodation Packaging with Unveiling of Expedia® Affiliate Network-Powered STAY & SEE® Online

Australia, August 5th, 2013 - Showbiz International, Australia’s leading ticket and packaging company, has joined forces with the Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) - a division of the Expedia group, one of the world’s leading online travel companies - to create one of Australia’s most dynamic and flexible online ticket and accommodation packaging service.

Showbiz Stay& See® will soon relaunch with an all new ticket and packaging service in Australia that delivers Showbiz’s national range of real-time, live theatre and event  tickets, combined with best in-market hotel rates across a full range of hotel products and shows, up to the week of performance*. (*subject to ticket availability)

With the new Showbiz Stay& See® online experience, customers will have access to close to 2500 hotels within the EAN system, with hotels pre-matched to the venue location and complemented by TripAdvisor ratings. Customers have the option of re-sorting based on price, popularity, hotel class, or can perform their own individual search.

Showbiz Stay and See bookings can also be combined with Showbiz’s many partner restaurants near to the hotel or venue to ensure a complete, great value, short-break experience - all via one easy transaction on Showbiz.com.au.

The partnership with EAN will ensure that Showbiz can offer customers the best online hotel rates, which will be backed up by the new SHOWBIZ STAY & SEE® PRICE GUARANTEE. Under the guarantee, Showbiz will commit to refunding the difference if customers finds a lower comparable online hotel room rate*, and will include a $50 Showbiz Ticket Cash voucher towards their next purchase.

Says Craig McMaster, CEO of Showbiz International, “Showbiz has always led the way in Australasia with ticket and event packaging for our show and hotel partners, but in recent times we’ve seen the biggest change in our 30 years of operations, with customers booking with much shorter lead times. For instance, previously, someone wanting to travel to Melbourne to see an amazing live experience like King Kong, would most likely have booked many months in advance. Today, it could be as short as just a few weeks, or even days, and Expedia’s dynamic booking system will provide the ultimate in flexibility.”

Expedia Affiliate Network’s Christopher J. Williams, VP and MD, Asia Pacific said, “This is a very exciting time for Showbiz and we are proud to be able to be an integral part of their new Stay&See program.”

The partnership and the launch of the new enhanced website, coincides with the announcement of the blockbuster Baz Lurhmann’s  Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which will be staged at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from early 2014. Like the Melbourne-only King Kong, the Sydney season of Strictly Ballroom is expected to generate a vast amount of interstate and international interest that will require significant accommodation inventory.

Showbiz's new Stay and See program will start on Tuesday, 6 August, 2013, coinciding with the launch of Strictly Ballroom the Musical. Tickets, VIP experiences and packages for Strictly Ballroom, and hundreds of other great shows and experiences can be made by visiting www.showbiz.com.au.

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About Showbiz International

Showbiz International is the leading premium ticket packaging provider in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

With over 35 years of experience, Showbiz International has delivered over 1.5 million event and package products in recent years and is renowned in the industry for its market leading position as official packages and hospitality partner for major theatre productions, concerts and live events. In Australia, Showbiz is proud to be the Official Packaging Partner for King Kong, Strictly Ballroom, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bon Jovi, Cirque du Soleil, WICKED and more.

For the past 20 years, Showbiz has led the way in the creation of event travel and accommodation packages under the Showbiz Stay & See® brand. Showbiz’s event packaging range also includes Dinner & Show Packages, Encore Class™ VIP Packages which feature premium seating, private hospitality and merchandise, and corporate hospitality packages through Showbiz Corporate Services.

Showbiz also provides the entertainment component for many of Australia’s major loyalty programs, including Qantas Box Office, the Virgin Box Office program, and The Flybuys Box Office website.

About Expedia Affiliate Network

Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) is part of the Expedia group, the world’s leading online travel company. EAN creates the tools and technology that help millions of travellers find the perfect hotels for their next trips. EAN works with over 10,000 partners in 33 countries to turn their web traffic into hotel bookings and happy customers. For more information on EAN visit www.ean.com. Expedia Affiliate Network and the Expedia Affiliate Network logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners. ©2013 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved.  CTS # 2029030-50