Travel & Tourism (148)
Switzerland banks on social stereotypes
Switzerland’s tourism authority has developed an integrated social media campaign that addresses Swiss stereotypes in an ironic way. The campaign was so successful that they decided to follow up with tv episodes that promote the country from one season to another.
Why it matters
A lot of stereotypes come to mind when we think of the Swiss: chocolate experts, watch makers, precise and punctual people, but there is more to it than this. The concept of a tourism ad campaign trying to break cultural stereotypes to promote visits isn’t new. What is surprising though is how the social element has added a layer of depth to it. Take for instance the village of Obermutten. With only 80 residents, it has more than 18,000 fans on Facebook. With this initiative, the village has changed the common rules. First, you enter the virtual community of the town, then perhaps you go and visit it. Could this be the new way to engage people and promote tourism?
A London hotel has become the latest to roll out a suite of amenities for women, despite a ruling that declared a similar scheme in Copenhagen as illegal under discrimination laws. The Dukes Hotel will assign some of its rooms ‘Duchess Rooms’, loading them with treats to tempt single female travellers or groups of women. The Duchess rooms will be looked after exclusively by female room attendants, contain extra items such as a makeup mirrors, hair dryers, styling accessories and offer a selection of glossy magazines. The bathroom will have female amenities, while the rooms will be filled with fresh flowers.
Eurostar wanted to promote the brand to the fashion blogging community without forgetting its main promise: speed of service that brings London closer to France. The brand invited 27 bloggers in London and launched Girl Geeky, an innovate application on Google Maps, Twitter and Flickr. Through photos, posts and GPS, bloggers share live their shopping tips of London in real time.