Season’s Special: Winter Wonderland Tourism Campaigns

abouTourism wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy & Productive New Year!

Let’s see what winter and the holidays look like in various destinations around the world!

Christmas New Orleans Style

New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) has launched a multimedia holiday marketing campaign inviting visitors to enjoy the month-long event.

The 2011 version of the 27-year-old Christmas New Orleans Style celebration features events throughout the city are scheduled from December 1st through Twelfth Night, January 5th, 2012.

The multi-platform ad campaign is centered on a series of short YouTube videos featuring New Orleans native Bryan Batt, a veteran stage and Emmy-award-winning TV actor. In the videos, which can be viewed on a special enhanced landing page devoted to the campaign, Batt encourages viewers to spend the holidays in New Orleans, explaining the many reasons for doing so in a humorous and slightly irreverent tone.

In addition to integrating NOTMC’s existing social media presence, a thirty-second TV spot is running in select markets. Additionally, each print ad will contain a bar code so consumers can use their smartphones to scan the code connecting them to a dedicated CNOS mobile microsite. There they can view travel deals, see a list of events, enter the Christmas sweepstakes, and see Reveillon restaurants and menus. Smartphone users can also access information at

To sweeten the pot for those who may wish to visit New Orleans, NOTMC will offer three free trips to New Orleans as well as a Facebook countdown to Christmas with prizes given to online winners each day throughout December.

Television commercials and print ads, created by Peter Mayer Advertising, will run in key regional markets including: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Biloxi-Gulfport, Birmingham, Jackson, Lafayette, Little Rock, Mobile-Pensacola, Monroe-El Dorado, and Shreveport. Magazine print ads will include Passport, AAASouthern Traveler (LA, MS, AR) and Louisiana Cookin’.


“Celebrations Packed” Singapore Online Campaign

Christmas is just a click away, New Year is waiting. And Singapore Tourism Board just launched their online tourism marketing campaign, Celebrations Packed Singapore: What Will You Pack in a Singapore Holiday Contest, showcasing a Christmas kaleidoscope of celebrations.

To join the online tourism marketing contest, participants were urged to pack their bag by picking the Singaporean experiences that they would pack for Christmas in the Tropics. From cocktail on Singapore Flyer, Traditional Foot Reflexology, The Night Safari or Lau Pak Sat Food Experience they can just drag it into their suitcase.

Fantastic weekly prizes are given away for the online tourism marketing campaign contest, with a 3 nights stay at selected hotels. As grand prizes, a pair of return tickets to Singapore with accommodation and shopping vouchers.


Wisconsin Mitten Winter Campaign

Following the attention that the image of a Wisconsin-shaped mitten caused, which was used in the recently launched campaign by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the organization decided to use it in good cause and work in partnership with the defending state of Michigan who debated the originality of the concept as they consider the mitten to be a core element of their image.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism spokeswoman Lisa Marshall said the intent of using a mitten shaped like the state for the winter tourism campaign wasn’t to step on Michigan’s toes — or fingers.

“We’re not the Mitten State. Michigan, they can own that. We want to be known as the Fun State,” she said. The department used a leaf shaped like Wisconsin for its fall tourism campaign and will move onto something new for spring, but for now, the mitten stays.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism is now collecting mittens for charity. Anyone who wants to make a donation can take gloves or mittens to a Wisconsin Welcome  Center.

In light of all the buzz surrounding the image of a Wisconsin-shaped mitten on and its social media sites, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism invited the public to visit a Travel Wisconsin Welcome Center or participating chamber of commerce or convention and visitors bureau during business hours until Jan. 15 to donate new or gently used mittens. The mittens will then be donated to local charities.

“There has been a lot of national excitement surrounding the debate over whether Wisconsin or Michigan looks more like a mitten,” Governor Scott Walker said. “Our Pure Michigan friends have agreed to join us in taking all of this attention and turning it into something positive.  We encourage everyone in both states to ‘shake hands’ and donate mittens to help make this winter a bit warmer for those in need.”

“Go out and buy a pair of gloves, a pair of mittens, donate them and we’ll turn around and give them to the Salvation Army and New Horizons,” said Dave Clements of the La Crosse Area Visitors Bureau. “And you’ll get a warm feeling of giving and somebody in need gets a nice little gift for Christmas.”


Montana’s Winter Tourism Campaign

The Montana Office of Tourism’s 2011-12 winter campaign features some of Montana’s biggest fans and homegrown talents: cinematographer and world-renown ski film director Warren Miller; Olympic mogul skier Heather McPhie, and X-Games medalist/author/photographer Kevin Connolly. They are joined by others whose work and lives have been shaped by Montana—photographers, naturalists, historians—to tell the story of Montana in the wintertime.

Research shows that skiing and wildlife watching are the leading motivators for Montana’s winter travelers, and this campaign is designed to keep Montana top-of-mind with those prospective travelers. Targeting both national audiences and key feeder markets for non-resident winter visitors, the campaign will leverage the success from complementary warm season campaigns (in 2010 and 2011) to build awareness of and intent to travel to Montana in its secret season—winter.

The national winter campaign includes a targeted print and online media buys, and is supported with aggressive key market winter campaign of out-of-home, radio, and additional online media in Chicago, Seattle, and Minneapolis. These cities represent strong existing and potential winter traveler markets for Montana. In selecting these markets, the Office of Tourism also leverages the high level of awareness and demand for Montana built by warm season campaigns in those same cities the past two years.


Tourism Australia Calls  for New Year’s Eve Videos

Tourism Australia and the City of Sydney will release a short film made from user-generated video of New Year’s Eve experiences as part of a campaign to promote Sydney as a prime destination for tourists to visit in the new year.

The film, to be titled ‘Project:12′, will be created overnight and released on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel and Facebook and Twitter pages in the early hours of New Year’s Day before many other parts of the world reach their own 2012 countdown.

The digital campaign is facilitated via the City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app which allows users to upload 12-second clips of their new year celebrations.

Executive general manager of marketing for Tourism Australia, Nick Baker, says the user generated content approach lends itself well to the tourism space and also to the nature of Australians.

“The level of interaction and interest from Australians in the Nothing Like Australia campaign was great with over 41,000 photos uploaded,” Bakers says. “Australians love talking about the country so it [user generated content] is a natural sweet spot for us.”

On managing the quality and amount of content received Baker says the team ensures their pre work is done which for this campaign included mapping out the key themes that they’re looking for and preparing a story line. The app only allows people to upload footage in 12 second blocks, which we feel is enough to get a nugget of their new year’s story,” Baker says.

The campaign aims to capture the shared experience and emotion of welcoming in the new year with friends and family against the backdrop of Sydney’s fireworks display.

Tourism Australia is giving away a BridgeClimb gift certificate for the best video clip submitted.

The initiative is part of a Tourism Australia and City of Sydney joint venture to show the world why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia.


Top 20 Vintage Tourism Ads (Part 1): The best of the first

This first part of abouTourism’s series of vintage tourism ads is a collection of the best posters from the first part of the previous century, the “Golden Age of Travel”, as a remembrance of how it all begun.

Looking at these vintage posters from destinations all over the world we wonder how much things have actually changed over these past 100 years. Even today, during the online revolution and with the availability of affordable and wide spreading media, you will still find tourism campaigns that rely  just on an inspiring photo and logo to attract international tourists.

We cannot help but admire the simple yet powerful designs and colors, while realising that some concepts are not as new as we thought. Most ads were created by design legends and commissioned by the powerful transportation industries or the first national tourism agencies promoting a world of enticing destinations and new modes of transportation. Historical information, wherever available, complete the collection. Enjoy!

#20. Bretagne, Hugo d’Alesi (1903)

Simply because it is probably one of the very first.

#19. Norway – The Land of the Midnight Sun, Ben Blessum (1925)

#18. Athens: the Parthenon, Nelly’s (1929)

The first-dated Greek Tourist poster featuring the Parthenon as photographed by famous photographer Nelly’s, following the foundation of the Greek Tourist Organization during the second period of the political leadership of Eleftherios Venizelos (1928-32).

#17. Montana, USA (1937)

This poster showing an Indian encampment next to a lake, was made for the Unites States Travel Bureau, funded by the WPA, which was created during the Great Depression by FDR’s New Deal. In an attempt to lower unemployment, the WPA hired millions of people from all walks of life, including artists. This poster is from the “See America” series, created under a Federal Art Program and made between 1936-1938 to promote tourism in Montana.

#16. Cote d’Azur, Toute l’Anee, Jean-Gabriel Domergue

Fireworks of bright green and yellow palm fronds burst above elegant vacationers in Jean-Gabriel Domergue’s “Cote d’Azure”. A French Art Deco painter, Domergue (1889 – 1962) began as a landscape painter and student of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec before achieving fame painting coquettish women as the self-proclaimed inventor of the pin-up.

#15. Cote d’ Azur, Le soleil toute l’anee, Roger Broders

In his job promoting the Paris-Lyons-Mediterranean Railway, graphic artist Roger Broders (1883 – 1953), was pivotal to poster art’s initial wave in popularity. Defining vintage travel poster art of the 1920’s and early 1930’s, his distinctive, exuberant Art Deco style goes along with his ability to evoke the romance and nostalgia of travel. A taste for luxury travel, exotic locations and leisure activities was a feature of the hedonistic post-war years of the 1920s. Sports and outdoor activities were all the rage, and people were travelling more for pleasure than ever before.

#14. Australia, The Tallest Trees in the British Empire, Percy Trompf (~1935)

One of Australia’s most prolific and most celebrated poster designers, Trompf is attributed as designer of “thousands of advertising posters” (Australian Travel Posters p. 29). Known for his “bright, colorful and optimistic images,” Trompf also utilized “natural images . . . to beguile both domestic and international tourists to various regions of Australia” (Ibid p. 29-30).

#13. In a German Forest (Deer), Jupp Wiertz (1935)

#12. Get in the queue for Queenstown, New Zealand (~1930)

“Get in the queue for Queenstown” urges this vintage New Zealand travel poster with its catchy slogan. It shows trampers looking out over Lake Wakatipu toward the Remarkables clambering through a styilised capital letter “Q” with the then small town of Queenstown below them. This was orginally a large screenprinted poster probably issued by either the NZ railways publicity branch or the quaintly named “Department of Tourist and Health Resorts” in the early part of the 20th century.

#11. All Roads Lead to Switzerland, Herbert Matter (1934)

Matter’s eight revolutionary travel posters for the Swiss Tourist office were the first to use photography as collage – purely as a design element such as type. Matter in the years after 1932 produced what are widely regarded as some of the most celebrated posters in the history of design. Commissioned by the Swiss National Tourist Office, his groundbreaking works such as ‘All Roads Lead to Switzerland’  and ‘Pontresina’ further developed his new found awareness of the formal elements of photography. No longer manufactured as discrete isolated images, he now composed the photograph in such a way that it came to function as a single element in the totality of a graphic design.

Stay tuned for Vintage Tourism Ads part 2