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'It’s more fun in the Philippines’ catching on

On board one of London’s iconic double-deck buses, President Aquino and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. lead a photo shoot promoting the 'It’s More Fun in the Philippines' tourism campaign at Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel in the British capital. The campaign was also launched via taxi cabs and subway train stations. Photo courtesty of Philippine Palace

Publication Date : 07-06-2012

 

The country’s new tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” is gaining more positive reactions among Filipinos since its launch in January this year.

Based on the results of a tracking survey conducted by independent research firm Ipsos ASI Philippines, the overall likeability of the Philippines’ tourism slogan even improved in March at 92 per cent from only 87 per cent in February.

These responses came from the 1,000 interviews conducted by the company in February and another 1,000 interviews in March, among Metro Manila respondents whose ages ranged from 15 to 64 years old. The campaign assessment is part of Ipsos AsiaBUS, an omnibus survey for Asia.

Of the respondents polled, 87 per cent said in March that the tourism slogan remained “believable” as against the 84 per cent of those who said so in February.

Uniqueness of the slogan was stronger in March with 82 per cent of those who were polled believing so, as against the 66 per cent in February. This improvement may be attributed to the fact that the issue regarding the similarity to Switzerland’s old tourism campaign may have already toned down.

Positive reactions

This meant, according to Ipsos Philippines, that the campaign is "communicating its intended messaging, such as making Filipinos proud, making people want to travel, making people want to tell others about the beauty of the Philippines and making people believe that it is more fun in the Philippines.”

This likewise confirmed the generally positive emotions that the tourism slogan evoked such as happiness and being proud as Filipinos, the company added.

"This tracking study shows and confirms the generally positive reactions to the tourism campaign. Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. and the Department of Tourism should be congratulated for a job well done,” said Carole Sarthou, managing director of Ipsos Philippines.

Mass media

"Although it is a successful campaign for now, it needs to carry through the momentum and rally all Filipinos towards the tourism campaign to ensure long term success. That means the tourism slogan should be communicated via mass media channels, and not only through social network channels. The Filipinos are the strongest asset in selling our country and making visitors feel that it is really 'more fun in the Philippines,’” Sarthou further said.

Ipsos Philippines pointed out that the initial success of the tourism campaign can be attributed to the “power” of the Internet and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The survey on the respondents in February and March this year revealed that these websites were the second main source of awareness next to television.

 

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