26 June 2008

British, German tourists deserve better than “bloody hell” campaign

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The 2006 'Where the bloody hell are you?' international television campaign has been described by the new Australian Government as an embarrassing attempt to boost tourism numbers. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told parliament the campaign was a "rolled gold disaster", says the Sydney Morning Herald, and believes the loyal British, German and Japanese tourists deserve better campaigns than that.

Model Lara Bingle starred in the commercial wearing a bikini and asking viewers 'Where the bloody hell are you?', while standing on a beach.  The commercial was banned in some countries, and the Tourism Minister eventually withdrew the campaign.  After the launch of the campaign, tourism numbers from Britain, Germany, and Japan to Australia dropped.

"This government is now seeking to re-examine that [campaign] because Australian tourism deserves better than that which (Liberal MP Fran Bailey) gave us when she was Minister for Tourism," Mr Rudd said. 

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