WPP AUNZ

Wotif launches ‘The Festival of Wot?’ to invigorate domestic tourism

July 31st

Following the success of its Next Big Thing campaign in 2018, leading online travel site Wotif today announces its latest drive to encourage Aussies to take the off ramp and spend more time discovering destinations beyond their tried and tested favourites.

Together with the integrated WPP AUNZ team of opr agency, Ogilvy and Maverick and the help of the general public, Wotif will scour the nation to discover and celebrate what makes Australia unique. Towns, cities and suburbs that have something they deserve to be famous for can nominate themselves via wotif.com/festival to be awarded a new festival in honour of said ‘thing’.

Known as The Festival of Wot?, the countrywide competition will shine a high-beam on what makes Australia special and is set to encourage more Aussies to explore the people and places that make up this great nation.

The initiative is being launched after research conducted by Wotif found Aussies have visited fewer than one per cent of Australia’s towns1 despite three quarters (75%) of Aussies saying they are willing to detour to uncover something unique, and over half of all Aussies making holiday choices based on the potential to learn or experience more of Australia.

The campaign is the latest milestone in the rollout of the travel site’s “It’s Aussie for Travel” brandplatform developed by Ogilvy. With The Festival of Wot?, the team are putting the power back in the hands of the Aussies who know their country best, further demonstrating the brand’s promise to help customers curate their travel experiences based on personal recommendations.

“Last year’s Next Big Thing search reminded us all how incredible Australia is. From the hard-working melon farmers of Chinchilla to the passionate peanut committee in Kingaroy, it’s clear that Aussies are proud of where they’ve come from,” Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch, says.

“This year we’re asking towns, suburbs and cities to tell us what they should be famous for – and we’llwork out magic to make it so. We’re putting on an entire festival for the winning destination, dedicated to celebrating their unique claim to fame.

“In creating The Festival of Wot?, Wotif also wants to help Australia celebrate the many great stories and characters from around the country, bringing to life what locals love and why these colourful places are worth travelling for. Along the way, we will be highlighting some of the more engaging and creative nominations received via our communications and social campaigns to encourage Aussies to get behind their communities being crowned the winner.”

The Festival of Wot? campaign rolls out over four months and is supported by a full communications, PR, social, influencer, experiential, and digital execution. Nominations open today, 30 July, 2019 via Wotif.com/festival, and will remain open until 18 August, 2019.

You can view the campaign launch content here.

opr

Associate Director - Alice Coulthard
Account Director - Madeleine Hanley
Senior Account Manager - Liz Johns
Senior Account Manager – Duncan Fredericks Senior Account Executive – Caitlin Falls

Ogilvy

Creative Director – Ben Smith
Head of Social - Alex Watts
Social Strategist – Ola Olorunnimbe Senior Copywriter – Nathan Moraza Art Director - Leisa Ilander Copywriter – Lucy Hay

Integrated Producer – Jet Dominic Senior Account Director - Lauren Barnes Account Executive – Zeeshan Baig

Maverick

Group Account Director – Michelle Jones Account Manager - Sophie Ryan
Senior Producer - Samantha Sedman

Client: Wotif Group
Managing Director – Daniel Finch