Sunday, June 23, 2024

Bluey skies ahead for Rockhampton tourism

Rockhampton is getting on board Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) biggest campaign in more than a decade, inspired by children’s television sensation Bluey and headed up by Queensland royalty, Robert Irwin.

The campaign is targeting families across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Singapore, featuring Queensland destinations.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams, emphasised the strategic importance of leveraging this campaign.

“We are thrilled to be invited to be part of this extensive campaign, to not only highlight the beauty and attractions of our region but also significantly boost our local visitor economy,” Mayor Williams said.

“Tourism is a vital sector for us, supporting over 2,100 full-time jobs and contributing $433 million annually to our region.

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Patricia O’Callaghan said that in a globally competitive market, Queensland must show the world what makes it special.

“Bluey is a true international sensation and we could not be more excited to be working with BBC Studios to invite the world to experience Bluey’s world for real life here in Queensland,” she said.

“Equally we are delighted that travel industry heavyweights the Qantas Group, Expedia Group, Flight Centre Travel Group and Accor Group have thrown their support behind this campaign. We all recognise the power of working together to influence travel decisions and drive conversion for families worldwide to come and visit Queensland.”

Advance Rockhampton, under its Explore Rockhampton brand, is dovetailing its marketing efforts with TEQ’s major campaign to maximise impact.

“This collaboration allows Rockhampton to extend its reach far beyond what could be achieved independently, inviting and welcoming visitors from across the nation and around the world,” said Ms O’Callaghan.

Advance Rockhampton’s Tourism and Events Manager, Zac Garven said its strategy kicked off by inviting families to ‘Come and play in Rockhampton’ with Keepy Uppy content for the Global PR launch, an Industry Family Campaign Toolkit to assist local businesses, and various family-oriented content including a dedicated family landing page on the Explore Rockhampton website.

“By aligning our efforts with TEQ’s campaign, we can amplify our message and showcase the Rockhampton Region as a premier family destination,” Mr Garven said.

“It’s anticipated that the campaign will help support Queensland’s visitor growth to reach targets of an additional 1.3 million holiday visitors who are estimated to spend an additional $1.7 billion by June 2025, so we’re excited to see how this integrated approach will drive visitor numbers and enhance our local tourism industry.”

The idea behind the state campaign is to leverage the world-first Bluey’s World Brisbane immersive experience and the global fandom of Bluey to highlight new and exciting reasons to visit Queensland. The campaign introduces audiences to Queensland’s iconic nature, sense of fun and wonder, and easy-going friendliness and warmth – everything at the heart of what makes Bluey so special for families.

TEQ’s campaign will be delivered across four pillars: the major PR launch moment, a global competition running from 2-30 June 2024 to drive engagement, destination marketing promoting Queensland holidays from 2 June-30 September 2024, and achieving bookings through trade and aviation partners.

To check out the campaign, enter the competition and book a Queensland holiday, visit Queensland.com/blueysworld.

For more details on TEQ’s campaign, visit teq.queensland.com.

For information on Advance Rockhampton’s initiatives and the Explore Rockhampton brand, visit explorerockhampton.com.au/families.

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