Tag Archives: tourism

Tourism campaigns : Finally something different.


From September onwards as the peak holiday season approaches, there is a barrage of  tourism ads on channels like CNN. So I have sat through Amazing Thailand, Enchanting Vietnam, Infinitely yours- Korea, Cambodia- The Kingdom of Heaven, Kenya- The Magic of Africa, Egypt-The gift of the Sun. Most of these ads have a visual tapestry which is quite similar to each other. Shots of beaches, wildlife, forests, waterbodies, iconic heritage sites, smiling people and tourists having a ball of a time. Continue reading

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Korea needs a positioning.

Cheil has been re-appointed as the agency for Korea Tourism. I hope they do a better job than the current campaign – Korea, Sparkling.

If ever there was a big , economically successful and visible country ( via its brands) which needed a clear positioning in the minds of the world’s tourists, it is Korea. Korea doesn’t need a generic campaign like SPARKLING KOREA (you can see the clever marketing logic yourself as interestingly the communication strategy and thinking has been put out for public consumption). It needs a unique point of difference which can give people a reason to add it to their list of destinations. It doesn’t help that the capital city, Seoul has its own campaign: “Seoul- the soul of Asia” , which is a clever play on words but lacks credibility and pull factor especially for people who haven’t been there before. It might reinforce what past visitors have experienced.

The marketing challenge as I see it, is not “repeat and loyalty” but “trial”.

C’mon Korea. Give me a reason to believe ..visit ( beyond the cheap won). We know you can do better.