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A web series showcasing Québec to the world

27.03.2019

We are thrilled to present a new series on Québec: Born to Let Go. Created to promote the destination in the French, U.S. and Ontario markets, the series follows two pairs of travellers as they discover the province. It was created by the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec, the organization in charge of promoting the destination to markets outside Québec through the QuébecOriginal brand.

The Alliance created this web series with Cossette, Hearts & Science, Cult Nation and Post-Moderne. It was developed in collaboration with the tourism industry and Québec’s regions.

The premise: Letting go is innate

“Québec isn’t simply a destination. It’s an invitation to let go and get in touch with what really matters,” explained Martin Soucy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec. “We all feel the need to let go, but too often, we ignore it. When you visit Québec, it becomes instinctive, as this place has everything it takes to make it happen. In Québec, you can go off the beaten path and feel free to try new things.”

The concept: An immersive content series

We no longer travel just to check destinations off a list. We travel to have powerful, transformative experiences that create lasting memories and leave an indelible impression. And creating a strong emotional connection with potential travellers takes time.

“During last year’s campaign, we saw an increased appetite for longer content formats,” said Sébastien Viau, the Alliance’s VP, Sales and Marketing . “This year is a departure from classic formats with a series of eight episodes of three to five minutes in length. They follow two pairs of travellers as they explore Québec.”

The series can be viewed on the province’s YouTube channel (Tourisme Québec) and was designed to be watched more than once. The episodes are extremely detailed, providing information on places and experiences that are fun to discover in depth.

The campaign’s media placements are targeted to each market and present tailored content in the audience’s language to attract them to the Alliance’s ecosystem. Users are redirected to YouTube or to the destination’s website where they are encouraged to watch the entire web series. Contents are available with subtitles to allow users from many different countries to watch them.

Once they are in the Alliance’s ecosystem, users can access all complementary content to get inspired and learn more. For example, they can discover more about the experiences highlighted in the videos and find out how to add them to their itineraries.

“Showcasing Québec from an original angle, conveying its true flavour, sharing its culture in a way that goes beyond clichés, that all takes time. With longer content pieces, we can go into the experience in greater detail, explore emotions, and be less generic,” said Florence Girod, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Integrated Products at Cossette. “Our experience last year confirmed that when content is relevant and attractive, the audience takes the time to view it. And Québec is sufficiently inspiring to make an impression and sustain attention.”

The episodes on Montréal, Québec City and the Outaouais were developed in partnership with each region’s tourism office. The content and tone were adapted to reflect the positioning of each region while simultaneously conveying QuébecOriginal’s brand image and communications platform.

The travellers: Two influencer duos

Our tourism industry is filled with passionate people who work hard to make Québec shine. Spending time with them allows viewers to gain a new perspective, to learn more about a place and to immerse themselves. It also helps them let go and become open to something new.

To introduce them to the world, the Alliance teamed up with travellers from our priority target markets: Ontario, the U.S. and France. The travellers’ itineraries and experiences were chosen according to the target markets. The first four episodes share the experiences of Alex Vizéo and Steven Herteleer, friends and globetrotters from France who travel for fun and for work. The objective was to allow them to let go and take a break from their hectic lives.

The next four episodes follow the escapades of Paola Franqui and Sandra Rodriguez, a close mother-daughter duo who represent multigenerational travel. Paola quit her day job to follow her passion: photography. Her mother came along on her Québec adventure, which allowed the pair to connect deeply by leaving their daily routines behind.

Music: A song by a Québec artist and songwriter

Québec singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin and music producer CRi are behind the official song for the series, a cover of Fous n’importe où by Daniel Bélanger. It’s an ode to escape and a classic vacation soundtrack  for thousands of Quebecers.

Next steps: The Mexican market

Four additional episodes aimed at the Mexican market are planned for fall 2019. Mexican actor and blogger Alan Estrada, who was part of the Alliance’s previous Québec promotional campaign, visited the province again, this time to discover its winter tourism offerings.

Credits

Advertiser: Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec
Agency: Cossette
Strategy: Florence Girod, Chris Bergeron, Judikaela Auffrédou, Julie Trudeau
Creative: Gilles Legault, Antoine C. Buteau, Carmen Joy King, Hélène Savage, Alex Lachapelle, Romain Payan, Alexandra Oliverio
Product: Nadja Décarie, Jean-Hugo Filion, Fanny Laferrière, Valérie Lapointe, Olivier Thibault, Catherine Deslongchamps, Alexis Gendreau, Stéphanie Labelle
Media agency: Heart & Sciences
Production house: Cult Nation
Director: Eva Van den Bulcke
Post-production: Post-Moderne
Music: Cult Nation

About the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec

The Alliance is dedicated to making Québec a world-class tourism destination. It is an agent of Tourisme Québec in the marketing of the destination outside Québec. It speaks on behalf of 10,000 tourism businesses, which are represented by 40 regional and sectoral partner associations. A partner in the success of the industry it unites, coordinates and represents, the Alliance supports and participates in the development of Québec’s tourism offering and its marketing. The Alliance helps raise the destination’s profile in Canada and around the world and increase the economic benefits for Québec.

About Cossette 

Cossette is a fully integrated marketing communications agency. It’s a community of 700 creative humans who help people and brands connect in meaningful ways.

Cossette was named Agency of the Year in Canada in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It currently has offices in Halifax, Québec City, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver, and has been making strides to become a major player in the global advertising community. To learn more, visit cossette.com.

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