World Travel & Tourism Council sets TV partnerships


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced a $5 million multi-platform global partnership with three television partners: CNBC; National Geographic Channel; and Sky News. The broadcast partnerships are to run for the next three years.

The agreements call for the TV channels to provide commercial airtime, online marketing and direct engagement in a global campaign to help promote awareness of the economic and social importance of the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide.

CNBC will target its audience of CEOs, senior business leaders and government officials via its global network that spans the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa), USA and Asia Pacific regions, to underscore the Travel & Tourism industry’s contribution to the global economy and WTTC’s Global Travel & Tourism Summit, taking place next year in Beijing (May 25-27).
Alongside CNBC’s airtime campaign, the partnership includes advertising in CNBC Business magazine and online at worldwide. CNBC’s database of CEOs and senior business leaders will also be targeted with an email marketing campaign highlighting key WTTC initiatives and events.

National Geographic Channel will provide commercial airtime to promote the Global Summit and WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, profiling vignettes of the winners to its discerning viewers around the world. Ads will also air on Sky News in Europe and be streamed online on National Geographic Channel websites and on its dedicated Travel & Tourism portal. Nat Geo will also be involved in the Global Travel & Tourism Summit, filming debates and networking events, and will undertake an email marketing campaign to its Viewers Club database in the UK and Asia.
“WTTC is extremely pleased to have both CNBC and National Geographic Channel as our broadcast partners. The combined reach of both channels enables us to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism’s contribution to national economies around the world. Together they’ll provide year-round exposure for WTTC and highly targeted marketing campaigns to their own audiences, which will drive discussion and debate to raise awareness of the importance of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, employing 220 million people and generating over 9.4% of global GDP,” said Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President and CEO of WTTC.

Paul Maraviglia, Vice President Sales EMEA at CNBC said: “We are delighted that the World Travel & Tourism Council has chosen a multi-platform, three-year partnership with CNBC. The Travel & Tourism industry is an important sector for us and we are eager to work with WTTC, not only to reinforce the important role that the industry plays in today’s economy, but also to help its Members communicate their message to our influential senior business leader audience.”

“National Geographic Channel is delighted to be working with WTTC to build awareness of the importance of the travel industry. With global reach and local programming feeds, NGC provides a ‘window on our world’, inspiring, informing and engaging our viewers with the key challenges shaping our planet. Sky News, as Europe’s most watched news channel, is dedicated to bringing viewers the news as it happens, anywhere around the world, and will provide WTTC with the opportunity to target its message to key influentials across the region,” said Deborah Armstrong, Senior VP Sales & Partnership Marketing at National Geographic Channel & Sky News.