Wotif launches “The Next Big Thing” campaign via Ogilvy

20th September

Leading  online travel site, Wotif® has launched its new ‘Aussie For Travel™’ brand platform with ‘The Next Big Thing’, a community led PR and Social Media campaign.  It is Ogilvy’s first piece of work with Wotif, in collaboration with WPP partners opr & Maverick.

For the past 18 years, Wotif has been focused on the Aussie traveller and is dedicated to promoting local travel. To mark the brands coming of age and to launch the new Aussie For Travel platform into the market, the ‘Next Big Thing’ will see an Australian town, city or suburb gifted with a new tourist attraction, known as the ‘Next Big Thing’.

The structure – to be backed and voted on by the nation – will join the ranks of 150+ unique Australian icons including the Big Banana and the Big Pineapple, aiming to support the domestic tourism industry and help drive money back into the local economy.

Ewen Pettit, strategy director, Ogilvy Brisbane says: “The brand proposition speaks directly to a nation of passionate travellers and the Aussie for travel platform positions Wotif as a trusted travel mate in-the-know.

“For many Australians, the Wotif brand is synonymous with travel. Backed by 18 years of data and local knowledge, Wotif has supported Aussie travel experiences and knows what makes Aussies tick”.

The ‘Next Big Thing’ campaign recognises ‘Big Things’ are, in fact, celebrated Aussie icons and widely-considered as part of our domestic travel culture. Wotif research shows 80% of Aussies believe these structures are ‘uniquely Australian’ and showcase the fun-loving spirit of our nation, while 90% of Aussies have visited a Big Thing in their lifetime.

Daniel Finch, Wotif Managing Director says: “Wotif is passionate about encouraging Aussies to explore more of their own backyard and we are excited about launching the new platform with an initiative that creates genuine engagement and participation from individuals, tourism boards and local councils all across Australia, each of which have their own story to tell.

“From the Big Bin Chicken (Ibis) in Sydney, to the Big Peanut in Kingaroy, to the Big Kilt in Glen Innes, since nominations commenced we’ve received thousands of entries and widespread involvement from Aussies vying for their town, city or suburb to be crowned the home of the ‘Next Big Thing’,” continued Finch.

The ‘Next Big Thing’ launched via Facebook and a landing page www.wotif.com/nextbigthing,is supported by PR, Experiential and Digital.

Before midday 18 September, Aussies couldsubmit their ‘Big Thing’ Idea via www.wotif.com/nextbigthing.Nominationswill be judged by Wotif, with a shortlist of finalists announced on Tuesday, 25 September before final public voting takes place.

View the launch social post here:



Wotif Group

Director Brand Marketing and Communications – Amanda Behre

Senior Public Relations Manager – Sarah King

Public Relations Specialist – Aliisa Frassetto

Senior Social Media & Content Manager – Nicole Redfern

Social Media Specialist – Sarah Duncan

Content Specialist – Cassie Britland

Senior Brand Manager – Rebecca Hurley

Brand Manager – Chi An Chau

Brand Manager – Stacey Cooper


Managing Director – Ben Lightfoot

Strategy Director – Ewen Pettit

Senior Account Manager – Angus Whitton

Head of Social - Alex Watts

Social Strategist – Ola Olorunnimbe

Social Creatives – Madeline Hoskin & Lucy Hay

Lead Social Creative – Nathan Moraza

Social Producer – Jet Dominic


Associate Director - Sophie Spooner

Account Director - Madeleine Hanley

Senior Account Manager - Shruti Dhalwala

Account Manager – Liz Johns


Senior Account Manager – Katie Helyer

Senior Producer - Samantha Sedman


Ogilvy Australia, opr and Maverick are part of WPP AUNZ Australasia’s leading marketing communications group.