Qatar Airways Strengthens Relationship With CNN International Through New Travel Series

Qatar Airways Strengthens Relationship With CNN International Through New Travel Series

Qatar Airways is extending its commercial relationship with CNN International by embarking on an exclusive international sponsorship campaign of the network’s new monthly travel series, ‘In 24 Hours’.

Raymond Ho
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The campaign builds on the long-standing relationship between the two companies which dates back to Qatar Airways spot advertising first running on CNN International in 2003, and subsequent sponsorships such as CNN Weather and an aviation theme week.

The new integrated multi-media Qatar Airways campaign spans spot advertising, digital and programme sponsorship. The focal point of the campaign is the TV and digital sponsorship of ‘In 24 Hours’, a show that descends on a vibrant city to experience a perfect day’s down time.

From morning until after hours, host James Williams will every month bring viewers unique and exclusive experiences from one of the world’s greatest cities. CNN’s audience will get a personal tour of each location, finding out what a city has to offer beyond the pages of travel guides. The show also has a large digital and social media footprint.

Each episode of ‘In 24 Hours’ spans an experience in the morning, afternoon and evening, as well as a celebrity’s take on the city. The show’s first destination is New York. The episode includes a flyover of Manhattan on a helicopter, a private preview of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest Broadway musical and Anthony Bourdain’s personal secrets and favourite hotspots in New York.

The integrated campaign means that Qatar Airways is benefitting from the scale of CNN’s TV and digital audiences. The recent Ipsos Affluent Survey 2015 shows that CNN reaches 65 per cent of frequent international travellers across TV or Digital platforms each month in the APAC region.

The global reach of the CNN network and the partnership with Qatar Airways is a complementary pairing of premium brands for travellers. The travel experience offered by Qatar Airways spans diverse destinations across six continents with one of the youngest fleets in the skies.

CNN International chief commercial officer Rani R. Raad said, “We are delighted to extend our long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways for CNN’s new premier travel programme. The combination of a smart commercial proposition for a strong brand such as Qatar Airways, with compelling content will engage with relevant audiences across all CNN’s platforms.”

Qatar Airways’ CEO, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, added, “With the advent of the airline’s brand re-launch, we take the conversation to an entirely different level, sharing with our passengers the importance of the journey and discovering new places and moments.

“For the business person, cultured and learned traveller we have a destination network that includes a wide array of cities to discover, hold conferences in or just relax. With CNN’s travel programme ‘in 24 hours’ we feel aligned with the underlying sentiment, which is to discover, grow and explore. We are all about soaring to new heights and globally connecting the world to the people, and people to the world.”

Qatar Airways’ senior VP of marketing and corporate communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said, “The Qatar Airways’ new brand campaign encapsulates the journey and the mesmerising, eye-opening moments that travelling brings along with it.

“It is a global, unifying campaign intended to bring to the forefront the exchanges that come with travel; the personal, the growth, and the pleasure in reconnective. We took pride on focusing on the under-represented aspect of the emotional part of travelling, and how important service is to our passengers. With a global route map across six continents, we also wanted to ensure our global audience is aware of the expansive territory that Qatar Airways serves.”