Los Angeles Tourism to Launch Its Largest-Ever Global Advertising Campaign

Los Angeles Tourism is launching its most expensive and far-reaching advertising campaign on February 1 in Paris.

Publish Time: 2024-01-25 08:49:12
Source: Skift

Los Angeles Tourism is launching its most expensive and far-reaching advertising campaign on February 1 in Paris. 

"It's our largest global campaign in the history of the organization," said LA Tourism CEO and President Adam Burke. 

The campaign will target the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, U.S., as well as France and South Korea, which are new markets for Los Angeles' advertising. The ads will hit TV, streaming, cable, social media, in-flight video, podcasts, and billboards.

The campaign is the latest iteration of the "Now Playing" campaign, which centers around the destination's arts, food, culture and other aspects of the LA lifestyle.  The campaign will also include out-of-placement collaborations with LA-based artists Mister Cartoon and Steven Harrington.

Burke did not disclose how much the campaign cost beyond it being a "record eight-figure" investment. A share of the expenses is being covered by the USD 7.5 million grant LA received from Visit California to stimulate its post-pandemic recovery. LA Tourism has an annual operating budget of USD 69 million.

San Francisco Travel also got funding support from Visit California for its advertising campaign to reverse its sluggish tourism recovery.

Why LA Needs Such a Big Global Campaign

Competition for tourism is heating up, said Burke. It's not just traditional competitors like London and New York City.

"The names that we keep hearing repeatedly when we meet with our partners in the trade are Canada, Saudi [Arabia], Australia," he said. "Those are the three notable international competitors who are spending significantly against overseas visitation."

Outgoing Brand USA CEO and President Chris Thompson and NYC Tourism CEO and President Fred Dixon both also told Skift Saudi Arabia has become a rising competitor for international travel.

LA's International tourism recovery pace needs to speed up. LA Tourism expects 24 to 36 months before visitors from overseas markets get back to pre-pandemic levels, said Burke. 

Los Angeles Tourism Plays Off the Paris Olympics Hype

On February 1, the tourism board will kick off the campaign at the Kimpton St Honoré in Paris. The aim is to leverage the excitement around the 2024 Paris Olympics. Los Angeles will be hosting the 2028 Olympics, its third time hosting it (this is also Paris' third time hosting it).

France has become a growing source of visitors for Los Angeles, said Burke. French tourists can enter the U.S. without a visitor visa.