State governments look at music to resurrect tourism

Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Australian state governments are collaborating with musicians and the music industry to drive their post-pandemic tourism reboots, with two projects reaching audiences of over 1.1 million.

The NSW Government’s multi-episode web series The Long Road has reached over 750,000 views on YouTube and IGTV, tourism minister Stuart Ayres reported.

The series, by Destination NSW, Havas Sports & Entertainment and creative agency Emotive, launched in November and runs to June 2021.

With music supervised by Havas chief and former artist manager, Francis Coady, it follows Amy Shark, Connie Mitchell from Sneaky Sound System, Troy Cassar-Daley, Baden Donegal from Ocean Alley and Polish Club going on scenic tourist drives with host Ash London.

The aim was to showcase picturesque regional destinations including Kosciuszko Alpine Way, Darling River Run, Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Rainforest Way and the Mighty Murray Drive, and highlight tourist spots and experiences, local foods, sports and community spirit.

The locations were also featured on and, with ad spend on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Spotify, digital publishers such as We Are Explorers and influencers, and marketing campaigns with partners including Tripadvisor, Kayak, Helloworld, Welcome to Country and Wotif to drive bookings.

The latest addition to the series this month was Guy Sebastian, who spruiked the 140km-long Grand Pacific Drive on the South Coast where he holidays frequently, and featuring meerkats, koalas, golf games and helicopter rides.

His episode received over 57,000 views in the first three days.
Minster Ayres, when unveiling the 750,000-viewing figure touched on the crux of the campaign: “NSW is full of incredible destinations, experiences and locals. It’s great to see that audiences really do have an appetite to explore these through the eyes of Aussie artists including Guy Sebastian, and hopefully follow in their footsteps with their own NSW escape.”

Victoria has also been drawing on musicians and the wider industry to promote itself, including via the 2021 Sounds Better Together concert series with Mushroom Group from January 23 to 30.

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