Award-winning marketing experts from the tourism sector today told
54th PATA Annual Conference delegates in Macau that successful marketing campaigns need
widespread buy-in from stakeholders outside the industry, otherwise the campaign will fail.
Tourism Australia Director of International Marketing Mr Richard Beere told delegates that stakeholders meant local communities, the media, government officials, the
business community, the travel trade and staff of the tourism body carrying out the campaign who "have to believe it too."
"A campaign must be built on certain truths about the country that everyone agrees upon. All stakeholders must be included," he said.
"The final ad is only one outcome in a long process."
Mr Rob Giason, Chief Executive of Tourism Tasmania, which won a 2005 PATA Gold Award for its "Short Breaks" marketing campaign, said that states within a country
sometimes had to compromise to fit in with national branding.
The Short Breaks campaign, which Mr Giason described as "small and cheeky", invited Melbourne residents to "get lost" in Tasmania and to leave the state of Victoria
and "come back in a better one". The provocative adverts caused a lot of public debate, much of it on talk-back radio, which added to public awareness. The US$185,000
campaign increased interstate arrivals from Victoria by 64%.
The Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO) decided one message did not fit all and created different campaigns such as "Dramatic Encounter" and "Friendly
Neighbour" to increase international visitor arrivals from China, Japan and Southeast Asia by over 30% in 2004.
Ms Kay Sung, Director of International Relations Team at the KNTO said the "Korean Wave" campaign tried to reposition Korea as "more exciting than a movie".
(Previous campaigns had described the destination as "the land of morning calm".) Korea targeted younger travellers, especially females, by using celebrities and
locations from Korean soap operas famous across East Asia.
Indian tourism authorities spent US$25 million from the Japan Bank of International Construction to upgrade the Ajanta Ellora Buddhist cave complex. The project is
now being used as a prototype in other heritage areas in India. Mr Amitabh Kant, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, said it took one year and "45 visits" to the site
to get local shop owners, villagers, taxi drivers and guides to agree to the initiative.
All panelists in the session said the campaigns would not have worked if stakeholders had not been included from the start. The theme of the 54th PATA Annual
Conference in Macau is "Connecting Tourismís Stakeholders".
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