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Visit Britain Launches Campaign To Boost Visitation

February 23, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

VisitBritain joined the high flyers to capture the imagination of the travel industry when they launched their latest campaign to increase inbound tourism at a circus.

An innovative venue for such a launch stirred invitees’ interest in the event and more than 100 travel specialist turned out to take in the entertainment and presentations at the Archie Brothers Circus in Sydney’s Alexandria.

The message for the evening was “I Travel for…” and the reasons given by the attendees ranged from visiting the icons to meeting the people.

VisitBritain’s campaign, which runs until March 31 in Australia, uses short films and story-telling to shine the spotlight on unexpected experiences and less-explored destinations in Britain, alongside its globally renowned and iconic landmarks and attractions. The short films and images align the passions that motivate Australians to travel with experiences they can only have in Britain, inspiring them to ‘Find Your Great Britain’ and book a trip right now.  

“Tourism is one of the UK’s most valuable export industries, and is a fiercely competitive global industry. We are seizing the opportunity in 2018 to showcase that Britain is bursting with fun activities, adventure and wonderfully unexpected experiences to come and discover all year round.“ Said CEO Sally Balcombe

Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa Director, Tricia Warwick observed:

“Australia is an extremely important market for VisitBritain; a billion-pound market and our fourth most valuable. We want to build on the growth we have seen in visits from Australia so far in 2017 and invite more Aussies to Find Your Great Britain this year. 

“From Britain’s exciting and contemporary culture and living history to the vibrancy of its cool cities, from thrill-seeking adventures in stunning countryside to its local food and drink experiences, I Travel Forwants to inspire visitors from Australia to book a trip right now.”

VisitBritain is working with commercial partners in Australia including Flight Centre and Etihad to amplify its global marketing reach and convert the aspiration to visit into bookings. Its partnerships with airlines and travel brands showcase how accessible Britain is for Australians via the five key gateways. 

The latest official statistics show that there has been strong growth in visits from Australia to the UK. There were 876,000 visits from Australia to the UK from January to September 2017, up 11% compared to the same period the previous year. Visitors from Australia spent £956 million in the UK during this period, up 12% compared to the same period in 2016.

‘I Travel For…’ is part of the UK Government’s global GREAT Britain campaign, which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer as a place to visit, study, invest and do business.

Edited by John Savage

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