Explores the Great Barrier Reef with its Award-Winning Mobile App and Tourism and Events Queensland offer trip for two "down under" via Twitter contest

DALLAS, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading online accommodation reservation website® today announced a partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland to showcase exciting travel options near the Great Barrier Reef. The two debuted a deep sea diving adventure video illustrating the ease of use of the popular mobile booking app from The new video features Ben Southall – winner of Queensland's popular "The Best Job in the World" competition – booking a room on the mobile app while deep sea diving in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. and Tourism and Events Queensland are also hosting a Twitter contest via @hotelsdotcom and #HotelsDownUnder to send one winner and a companion to Queensland, Australia to tour the Great Barrier Reef. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two and all transfers, two-night hotel stays at the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa and the Green Island Resort, and access to the region's top excursions, including a voucher for two to experience a guided day trip in the Daintree Rainforest.

Southall and his fellow diver, Gemma Bedlington, explore one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, The Great Barrier Reef, before they decide to book a hotel room in the middle of the ocean. They choose and book the hotel before their flippers touch the shores of Green Island, all thanks to mobile booking capabilities.

"I had the good fortune to live in Queensland a few years back and no matter how often I got to explore The Great Barrier Reef, I was always stunned by how vivid and beautiful it is. Personally, I am thrilled to get to showcase the mobile booking app in the brilliant backdrop of The Great Barrier Reef," said Neha Parikh, vice president and general manager, North America. "Not only does it bring to attention the breadth of destinations to book on our site, but, with the pair of active scuba divers, it illustrates the power of our 'on-the-go' booking capabilities!"

"Between the stunning corals, incredibly diverse marine life and hundreds of tropical islands, the coast of Queensland truly is one of Australia's greatest treasures," said Kerri Anderson, international director, the Americas, Tourism and Events Queensland. "As the best scuba diving destination in the world and an area of extreme adventure and natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef just seemed like the perfect setting to book the perfect hotel."

Following its launch in 2011, the app is now available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 and has achieved more than 25 million downloads. Users can manage their Welcome Rewards® accounts, access up to 20,000 last-minute hotel deals based on their search and current location, read seven million traveler reviews, as well as get quick and easy access to upcoming reservations, thanks to a contextual home page, which changes based on the user.

For more details about the Mobile Queensland giveaway, please visit the Twitter handle (@hotelsdotcom) and engage with #HotelsDownUnder. For hotel deals in Australia, please visit and get access to current specials such as the Advance Purchase Special at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast. For information on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, visit

About® is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia, Inc. global network of websites,, LP connects travelers with more than 240,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay., LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome Rewards®, customers can earn a free* night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee**, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel,, LP will refund the difference. Travelers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at Follow on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on YouTube at, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands., Finding You The Perfect Place, Welcome Rewards and the logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of, LP. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. © 2013, LP. All rights reserved. CST # 2083949-50

*Your free night is good at any Welcome Rewards eligible property. The maximum value of your free night is the average daily rate of your ten (10) nights. Your free night does not include taxes and fees.

** Price match guarantee on hotel bookings. If you find a lower price on exactly the same stay elsewhere, we'll match it or let you cancel your booking without a penalty.  Terms and conditions apply.

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