NYC's Big International 'True York City' Campaign

New York City’s tourism marketing organization NYC & Company is launching a big new campaign—“True York City”--with media and partnerships running across 17 countries through spring 2018.

The value of the campaign is estimated at $15.6 million, per the organization.

The “True York City” creative showcases both well-known and lesser known areas of the five boroughs and invites New York residents to submit their own images.

Artwork depicts the phrase “Famous Original New York City" with typography using a sampling of NYC visuals from past and present as an art form. Graphics include an apple (“The Big Apple”), five noise lines to represent the boroughs and a heart, in homage to the “I Love NY” logo, which debuted 40 years ago.

JCDecaux is introducing out-of-home advertisements in Boston, Chicago and select national shopping malls through mid-February 2018, all designed to drive viewers to  New York City media will cover all five boroughs and showcase the #TrueYorkCity hashtag. To further amplify the social media message, the campaign is working with Facebook, Instagram, Weibo and WeChat in China.



Internationally, this is the first JCDecaux out-of-home media presence for NYC & Company in Argentina, Chile and Sweden. The campaign will also attempt to lure travelers in Norway, Australia, Brazil, France and Spain.

Social platforms will play an important amplification role as well within the campaign with primary focus across Facebook, Instagram, Weibo and WeChat in China.

Cooperative travel partnerships will contribute an estimated value of $1.7 million, says NYC & Company.

Among these alliances, British Airways has introduced ads promoting travel offers/packages through February 2018; Aeromexico is running nationwide media through early January 2018 and CANUSA is debuting nationwide media in Germany with additional creative to come roll out in 2018.

In addition, NYC & Company holds multiple strategic city-to-city tourism alliances internationally. Nearly $1 million of in-kind media contributions will include an Air Canada partnership running through December.  There will be a campaign launch in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2018.

This roll-out coincides with NYC & Company appointing Elan Cole as creative director in July 2017.



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