VisitBritain betting on social media bonanza during Obama visit

VisitBritain betting on social media bonanza during Obama visit

Britain as a tourism destination will be in the global social media spotlight with the arrival of US President Barack Obama next week.

President Obama has the highest number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans of any world leader with 73 million followers and 48 million fans respectively.

With this in mind, VisitBritain is putting a call out for the President to tweet during his visit using #OMGB (Oh My Great Britain) - the hashtag at the heart of the organisation’s marketing campaign for 2016 to promote Britain as the ‘Home of Amazing Moments.’

The United States is Britain’s most valuable inbound visitor market.

The latest figures show that in the first nine months of 2015 visitors from the US spent £2.3 billion, with visits up seven per cent to 2.6 million compared to the same period in 2014.

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VisitBritain marketing director Joss Croft said: “President Obama’s visit and the accompanying international media exposure is a fantastic opportunity for us to show people that the UK is packed full of amazing experiences that visitors – including the President – can only get here.

“During his last visit in 2014 President Obama went to Cardiff Castle and Stonehenge and, as a world leader, he will have many memorable moments during this trip, including dining with Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle where he also has the chance to see rare Shakespearean folios in the year we commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard.

“We hope he will share these experiences with his millions of social media followers and inspire more people to book a trip to come to the UK and discover their own amazing moments.”

The Home of Amazing Moments campaign launched internationally in February and will be officially launched domestically across the UK next month.

It wants to get more people out exploring all its nations and regions to spread the economic benefits of tourism across the whole of the UK.

As well as showcasing amazing experiences across the UK, the digital, TV, print and outdoor marketing campaign also invites people to upload images of their own memorable moments using the hashtag #OMGB, some of which will be shared across VisitBritain’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms.