BANGKOK, THAILAND — Creative agency BBDO Bangkok’s latest ad for Tourism Authority of Thailand doesn’t appear like an ad at all. Instead, a trilogy of cinematic trailers unfolds. From adventure to romance and action-packed sci-fiction, viewers follow the different characters on their unique, but thrilling journeys through Thailand.
Now, the producers want viewers to star in their very own version and “Write Your New Chapter” as part of the film series “Amazing New Chapters of Thailand.” In this campaign, it’s up to the viewers to decide what genre, plot, scenes, and actors they’d like.
The pandemic had devastating effects on several industries, especially Thai tourism. While business has been slowly picking up, nature has been having its best recovery ever. In Koh Tao and Surat Thani, Hawksbill turtles are once again laying eggs, Bryde’s whales have returned to Samut Songkram, and more.
While the sea, the forest, and the mountains are rewriting their new chapter, Thailand’s tourism industry is doing the same. Some local cuisines have now become Michelin-starred restaurants, and others are reinventing a new style of massage.
“When we pitched this project, we told the client that we were not coming here to pitch against other agencies… but to pitch against other countries. Travelers need to revisit Thailand to see that nature, hotels, and restaurants, have revived,” said Thasorn Boonyanate, chief creative officer, BBDO Bangkok.
Knowing that tourists love to share their travel experiences on social media, BBDO Bangkok wanted to build on this and simply invite people to come to Thailand and “Write Their New Chapter” in cinematic style.
“People love to record special moments on their phones, whether it’s a story on Instagram or a video on Facebook. Just like movie genres, what they capture can be adventure, romance, or pure comedy. Drawing inspiration from our campaign, and using tools like our new filters, we want them to take on the role of film producers, create and tell their stories, and share this chapter of their lives with the world,” added Thasorn.
This campaign is just the beginning of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s marketing push. Furthering the promotion of this new campaign, BBDO Bangkok is releasing thematic key visuals, Instagram filters in the style of movie release posters, and tour packages to encourage tourists to come to Thailand to create and share their new chapters using hashtags like #AmazingNewChapters and #AmazingThailand, along with tagging @touristmthailand for the chance to get featured on Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Instagram channel.
“Representing film, this latest TVC is a new approach we are taking to communicate the Amazing New Chapters message and to engage tourists around the world through a cinematic perspective to show them Thailand has a multitude of holiday possibilities in which there is something for all. We want to inspire tourists to explore our wonderful country and to create their own amazing chapters during their stay and premier these films with not just friends and family, but the rest of the world,” said Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT governor.
The short film trailers are entertaining and great at showing off Thailand’s beauty. Some even manage to give goosebumps. BBDO Bangkok has also given the work some really bizarre but fun awards like; “Best Reconnect With Nature,” “Best Luxe & Local,” “Best Ice Cream & Sweet Treats,” and more.
The film was first launched in Paris earlier this season, then in a movie theatre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Client: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Agency: BBDO Bangkok
Chief Creative Officer: Thasorn Boonyanate
Creative Director: Rook Floro
Art Director: Narakorn Puechngen
Copywriter: Greepol Boonsrangsom
Group Business Director: Taksina Vasaruchapong
Business Director: Pattama Thienapirak
Account Director: Kavinthip Chaiteerakij
Account Manager: Natthaka Musigrungsri
Agency Producer: Toungrak Jiravatanarungsri
Head of Brand and Digital Planning: Prasit Kunanuphanchai
Strategic Planning Manager: Maipimol Suepayak
Directed by Tul Nutdanai Pombanta
EP: Thay Littichai x Arunwan So
Producer : Luk Luksawan
DOP: Jaji Jajison
2nd DOP (underwater): Tatchai Eakkhattiyakorn
AD: Praewpan Rungsub
Art Director : Luksamee Endoo, Mod Hery
Camera : Brandlink Co.,Ltd
2nd camera unit : Setthawut Samathimongkol
Post producer : A$D
Editor : Wisarut Deelorm
Post house : MiniP Post-production
Colorlist : Nuttacha Khajornkaitsakul
Online artist : Ekkasit Pratchayapinanth
Post house producer : Kanta Shovityakool
Sound Production Company: Mellowtunes
Music Composer: Siwat B Homkham
Sound Engineer: Artit Vongmetta