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Last Stop – Australia! Mercure Unveils The Trip Made By “The Six Friends Theory” International Casting Winner

May 13, 2015 Social Media No Comments Print Print Email Email

Earlier this year, Accor’s Mercure brand launched “The Six Friends Theory”, a worldwide digital operation, to test drive the well-known six-degrees-of-separation theory which claims that we are all only six people away from everyone else on the planet. 

Six Friends Theory Winner - Mercure Brisbane April 2015

Six Friends Theory Winner – Mercure Brisbane April 2015

After an international call for applications, which was hugely successful on the social networks, a 21 year-old Italian, Ludovica Loda, became the lucky winner of a round-the-world trip via the Mercure hotel network with the last port of call Australia for a meeting with an Aboriginal from the Bundjalung tribe in Byron Bay. Every stage of the trip took her to one of the five friends that linked her to the Aboriginal and Australia, thus proving to the whole world that they were only six degrees of separation away from each other.

Mercure will now unveil the images of Ludovica’s incredible human adventure and take stock of this operation which inspired millions of Internet users, with plans to release “The Six Friends Theory” human adventure series this week.

“The Six Friends Theory” human adventure web series  revealed 

The first stage of the “The Six Friends Theory” operation was to select a candidate from somewhere around the world and take him or her to meet an Aboriginal from the Bundjalung tribe in Australia, thus proving that they were only six degrees of separation away from each other. After internet users had voted on Mercure’s Facebook page (last February 25th) a  jury selected the winner, Ludovica Loda, a 21-year old young Italian with a passion for travel and adventures.

Ludovica is now back from her 46-day trip around the world via the Mercure hotel network and has just shared her incredible adventure with the “Six Friends” community, describing her encounters, discoveries, trips and unique experiences.

The itinerary took her to the home countries of the five friends linking her to Nigel, an Aboriginal from the Bundjalung tribe in Australia.  She started her journey in Rome. Then she enjoyed stays in the Mercure hotels in Paris, Berlin, London, Rio, Nelspruit in South Africa and Bali… finishing her incredible voyage in Byron Bay, Australia, via the Mercure Brisbane in Queensland.

Ludovica traveled 31,599 kms in 46 days and will never forget this enriching experience and the many people she met through it. Her adventures were packed with excitement and human discoveries. They included an initiation to graffiti in Paris, wild nights in Berlin, samba lessons in Rio, bivouac classes in South Africa and much more.

Ludovica had no idea where she was going. At every stage of her itinerary she was welcomed and guided by the Mercure hotelier and met a new friend of a friend who revealed her next destination.  The Mercure hotel teams made every effort to ensure that she enjoyed a warm and humanly enriching adventure. Throughout her entire trip, Ludovica was accompanied by communication agency W&Cie and the Windsor production team. Filmmaker, Jean-François Julian, filmed her adventures and encounters.

Starting May 13th, Mercure will unveil the web series of Ludovica’s trip at https://www.facebook.com/MercureHotels. The “Six Friends” community will be able to follow a new episode of Ludovica’s adventures every two days.

An unprecedented worldwide operation that reflects Mercure’s new repositioning

The “The Six Friends Theory” worldwide operation, which was designed by communication agency W&Cie, fully reflects Mercure’s renewal.  In 2013, the brand opened a new page in its history and kicked off a transformation strategy offering a new approach to midscale hotels.

Mercure aims to highlight the local features of each destination and thus offer travelers authentic shared experiences and encounters.  By launching this digital operation, with a round-the-world trip based on human encounters, visits to incredible places, powerful experiences, surprises and much more, the Mercure brand also demonstrates that it is connected and innovative and therefore absolutely in tune with its times.

In addition, this operation highlights Mercure’s internationalisation as the brand pursues its expansion and renovation program across the globe and continues to reinforce its network of 711 hotels in 52 countries.

The “Six Friends Theory” campaign’s key figures

  • + 175,000 fans on the Mercure page
  • 400 participants in the competition
  • 5.8 million views of the Youtube film teaser
  • 12 million Internet users touched by the Facebook campaign
  • A 46-day trip
  • 31,599 km covered 

Link to the Mercure Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MercureHotels

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