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Chasing wonder; seeking escape; seizing the chance to spread your wings and get away from digital devices for a week or two — that’s what the best vacations are all about.
But where to go on vacation? A romantic getaway to Bora Bora? The Grand Canyon trip you’ve planned with your sibling since childhood? Machu Picchu with your old college roommates? Or a visit to grandma in Albuquerque? As the world slowly spins back to normal, we all have so many choices about where to travel; it can be tough to decide.
The best tourism marketing campaigns help turn travelers’ indecision into action, showing off the beauty of a destination or showcasing the legacy of the local culture. Here are a few of our favorites.
With its world-class theme parks, sizzling nightlife, and close access to the natural beauty of Central Florida, it’s no surprise that Orlando is the most popular travel destination in the United States for summer 2022. In 2021, Visit Orlando launched the stirring tourism advertising campaign The Wonder Remains to welcome travelers back to The City Beautiful.
Set to a soothing piano track and featuring video footage of some of the best experiences to be found at the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Discovery Cove, The Wonder Remains instills a sense of calm and normalcy following a hectic and frightening pandemic. This great tourism campaign shows that Orlando is as it always was, and always will be — an oasis of excitement for travelers and dreamers of all ages to discover.
Visit Cancun hasn’t produced any tourism video advertising in years — but that hasn’t stopped Cancun, Mexico from becoming the world’s top travel destination in summer 2022. Instead of video ads, Visit Cancun relies on social media for its destination marketing campaigns.
With more than 606k followers on Facebook, 169k followers on Instagram and 64k followers on Twitter, Visit Cancun inspires wanderlust with daily posts that highlight the natural wonders, vibrant nightlife, and unique character of Cancun. Followers are invited to join in the fun through the hashtag #VisitCancun, and Visit Cancun often shares posts from influencers.
Some of the best tourism advertising has a clear social conscience and Visit Cancun is no exception. In addition to sharing beautiful photos of crystal-clear waters and romantic beachside weddings, Visit Cancun puts a guide for responsible travel front and center to help ensure that travelers experience Mexico safely. A guide like this can be a great content marketing opportunity, and the best tourism advertising makes the most of it.
Honolulu, Oahu and Kahalui, Maui are America’s third and fourth most-frequented tourist destinations, respectively. With so many travelers preparing to say “Aloha” to Hawaii this summer, Go Hawaii created the moving Mālama Hawaii tourism advertising campaign to welcome them to the islands.
Beginning with Hawaii Is Our Home, Mālama Hawaii is a sweeping campaign with many beautiful and inspiring videos on safe and responsible travel, land and ocean conservation, and the rich legacy of Hawaiian cultural traditions. On the tourism campaign website, travelers can discover various ways to give back to Hawaii while vacationing on the islands.
In Hawaiian, “mālama” means to “take care.” Encouraging travelers to “Take a Trip that Gives Back,” Mālama Hawaii is proof that the most meaningful vacations are those taken with deep respect for your destination — and that the most meaningful tourism advertising campaigns are those that deeply respect their audience.
Named for and featuring Lenny Kravitz’s iconic 1998 funk rock hit Fly Away, The Islands of the Bahamas’ new tourism campaign Fly Away shows off the majesty of the Bahamian landscape and the thrills of Bahamian culture — at a time when Nassau is the 7th most-visited tourist destination in the world.
Kravitz himself even makes appearances throughout the multi-video campaign, riding a horse on the beach in the central ad and discussing the resilience of Junkanoo music in a featurette. Fly Away is an excellent example of subtlety in celebrity endorsement. Kravitz is featured in logical ways, but the star of the tourism campaign is still the Bahamas.
Sometimes, the best tourism advertising campaigns practically write themselves. Who doesn’t want to fly away to the Bahamas right now?
Produced as a miniature reality show, Basecamp Denver is a three-part tourism video campaign that invites viewers to “Use Denver as your basecamp for all your Rocky Mountain adventures.” In the first video, a family learns about fly fishing; in the second, a young woman discovers mountaineering; and in the third, a group of friends goes mountain biking.
What we love most about Basecamp Denver is its uniquely grounded approach to tourism advertising. Structuring these ads in a reality show style makes them feel human and accessible in ways that some tourism campaigns aren’t. Following these families’ and friends’ journeys through Denver makes us want to book a flight to the 303 — which is America’s 10th most-traveled-to destination for summer 2022 — and tag along.
If you’re staying in the U.S. for the summer and looking for something a little closer to home, the National Park Service’s enduring Find Your Park tourism campaign can help you find an exciting state or national park to explore nearby. Check out Parks Project for a new outfit to wear on your visit; this company is a great example of the power of brand collaboration in marketing, and how fashion can help make once-staid brands feel vibrant and exciting again.
Wherever you roam in the months to come, we at TrendyMinds wish you safe travels from Kokomo to Havana — and all around the world. And if you're a marketer planning a tourism ad campaign for an international audience, read our blog post about the importance of cultural sensitivity in advertising.