Travel News: October 19, 2018

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Tourism Australia rolls out second phase of U.S. marketing campaign
Travel Weekly

Capitalizing on the momentum from its standout Super Bowl Sunday ad, Tourism Australia this week rolled out the second phase of its campaign, which centers on a fictitious reboot of the Crocodile Dundee movie franchise.

The premise of this fall’s “Visit the Set of Dundee: Son of a Legend” campaign is to take U.S. travelers on a tour of the “Dundee movie backlot,” while in reality showcasing national parks and other attractions throughout the country.


AC Hotels by Marriott Opens First Property in Costa Rica
Travel Pulse

Marriott International’s design-led European lifestyle brand, AC Hotels, has opened its first property in Costa Rica.

The seven-story, 126-room AC Hotel San Jose Escazu is located in the exclusive Avenida Escazu neighborhood.


Disney Cruise Line unveils cruises, destinations in 2020: Hawaii, New Orleans, Caribbean

Disney and the bayou!

On Thursday, Disney Cruise Line announced new cruises setting sail during early 2020.

In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line will establish a new home port in New Orleans. The cruise line also announced a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands; cruises out of Puerto Rico; and popular itineraries to tropical destinations from Florida and California.


‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ says Nebraska’s self-deprecating, new tourism campaign
Washington Post

Nebraska has an image problem. For four consecutive years, it’s come in dead last on a list of states that tourists are interested in visiting, according to the travel marketing research firm MMGY Global. Even though travel writers routinely praise Omaha’s music and art scenes and the state’s spectacular wildlife, people on the coasts tend to think of Nebraska as a really long cornfield they have to drive through to reach the Rockies.

So tourism officials are trying out a new approach. On Wednesday, the Nebraska Tourism Commission revealed its new slogan: “Honestly, it’s not for everyone.”

Yes, it’s real. And no, it’s not an attempt at reverse psychology. A news release from the Nebraska Tourism Commission acknowledges that the state “may not be on everyone’s bucket list of places to visit.” But, the commission said, “if you like experiences that are unpretentious and uncomplicated or if you enjoy escaping the big city life for moments of solitude in the open plains, creating your own fun or exploring the quirkiness the state has to offer, chances are, you will like it here.”

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By: Matt Long

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