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Call Your Travel Agent: Tourism Australia Launch 'City Escapes Campaign

Tourism Australia has launched its latest iteration of the 'Holiday Here This Year' campaign – 'City Escapes' to help shine a spotlight on the incredible dining, entertainment, retail and cultural offerings that are now ready to be enjoyed in Aus.

Tourism Australia has launched its latest iteration of the ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign – ‘City Escapes’ to help shine a spotlight on the incredible dining, entertainment, retail and cultural offerings that are now ready to be enjoyed in Aus.

Homegrown personalities and Tourism Australia ambassadors, Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake are back to help lure Australians back to our major cities.

And the best bit for the trade? The campaign features a travel agent call to action on the TV and YouTube ads.

The City Escapes campaign, which is the latest iteration of Tourism Australia’s Holiday Here This Year campaign, seeks to drive visitors back into our cities, which have been some of the hardest-hit tourism destinations as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Brisbane, Queensland
Hobart, Tasmania

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said every Australian should do their patriotic duty and take a holiday in Australia this year.

“Every dollar spent on a holiday in Australia is a dollar that supports a tourism job and business and helps support our wonderful tourism sector,” Minister Tehan said.

“So now is the time to book a holiday to explore one of our major cities, and experience the world-class accommodation, attractions, dining and culture on offer.”

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said the new campaign sought to remind Australians of all the things our cities are known and loved for by travellers around the world. 

“Our cities are the key international gateways to Australia and transit hubs for travellers, so it’s no surprise that they’ve been hit the hardest in terms of tourism spend, hotel occupancy and aviation capacity over the past year,” Ms Harrison said. 

“While our international borders remain closed and travel restrictions continue to fluctuate around the country, our cities run the risk of continuing to bear the brunt of this pandemic despite offering so many incredible, safe experiences and being more affordable than ever. 

“As part of this campaign we are calling on Australians to help support their fellow Australians by booking a city escape, which in turn will help to support the thousands of city-based hotels, restaurants, bars, cultural attractions and experiences that rely on tourism for their livelihoods.” 

Hamish and Zoe said, “We have such a unique collection of clean, safe, beautiful cities with lots in common with each other but a vibrancy that’s unique to each city. We’re extremely lucky.”

Adelaide, South Australia
Fremantle, Western Australia

“There is always a café, shop, pasta spot, or small business just around the corner waiting to give you a memory you weren’t expecting. And at the moment our cities are full of Australians! And that gives travelling such a unique vibe right now that we may never feel again, it’s like a big family holiday wherever you go.” 

The City Escapes campaign will be rolled out across a range of channels including TV, print, online, social media, content partnerships, search, radio, cinema and outdoor advertising.

A trade toolkit with assets and information are also available for the travel industry to use in their own marketing initiatives.

Find out more: www.tourism.australia.com//holiday-here-this-year