Aussie integrated travel group, helloworld, is marking the United Nations World Tourism Day on September 27, 2015 with an innovative and world first social media initiative.
Partnering with over 60 countries and more than 75 Instagram influencers, helloworld is creating an Instagram relay entitled #helloworldRELAY, that will capture countries, cities, people and places, through creative and inspiring images on the same date across our incredible planet.
The purpose of World Tourism Day in 2015 will be to raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world and its potential as a force for good, creating a better world for all.
The #helloworldRELAY will show a unique perspective of the opportunities for travel across the globe with travel itineraries expertly curated by helloworld agents and destination partners, and will allow helloworld owned channels to become a destination for unique, most loved and eye opening holiday itineraries and experiences.
As the sun rises in each destination on September 27, Instagrammers will commence postings until the sun sets in their location. Beginning at sunrise in Samoa, the westernmost point of the earth, and travelling across the world like a Mexican wave until it finishes at sunset in the Cook Islands 36 hours later. The #helloworldRELAY will work with forward-thinking travel partners to bring to life this concept including small group tour experts Brand USA, VisitBritain, Insider Journeys and Intrepid. Seventy five locations have now been confirmed across 60 countries over five continents including New Zealand, Fiji, Peru, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, Monaco, Thailand, South Africa and Singapore.
Kim Portrate, chief marketing officer at helloworld, is proud to be leading a movement that will create social media history.
“There are approximately five million Australians checking into Instagram every month with 70 per cent of those users active every day. The #helloworldRELAY is a unique opportunity to inspire travellers and show them parts of the world they may have never seen before, in a way they have never experienced and showcase the expertise of helloworld agents and the exciting itineraries that can be created by your local helloworld agent or booked online at helloworld.com.au.
“Every year helloworld organises millions of trips for Australians around the world and we take great pride in being able to offer our customers holidays that go beyond expectations and showcase the depth of our expertise. This global relay will pay homage to World Tourism Day and the significant role that tourism plays culturally and economically to our world.”
Each location will host an Instagram meet up (insta-meet) as part of the #helloworldRELAY for two hours during World Tourism Day, inviting other social media enthusiasts and travellers to get involved at each location. The itineraries will be developed in partnership with helloworld agents and local partners, highlighting all aspects of each destination from morning commutes, to bustling markets to serene landscapes. These incredible moments engineered by helloworld agents truly embody the notion ‘holidays worth sharing’ and Instagram provides the perfect real-time platform for these inspired shots.
Instagram is also supportive of the #helloworldRELAY added Paul McCrory, head of financial services and travel at Instagram. “Travel has always been a key part of Instagram and it is a beautiful canvas to engage with a community of passionate and aspiring travelers. Helloworld has created an innovative use of the platform and they will be the first travel brand in Australia to embrace our Marquee product.”
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