the Love Island final was aired, but did you also consider creating a themed shop window, or sending out a newsletter featuring the latest Love Island-inspired Majorca deals?

SWITCHED ON Award-winning social media travel agency Bordessa Holidays regularly makes use of popular TV shows and films to promote holidays. “When The Real Housewives of Cheshire filmed in Dubai, I posted a deal on Facebook with pictures of the housewives along with a caption, and I ended up being a Pure Luxury jackpot winner for a fam trip to Atlantis The Palm, as five couples booked the deal,” says agency co-founder Mair Jones. She also recently capitalised on the popularity of TV show Chernobyl. “I posted a deal on Facebook for a Chernobyl tour and got four bookings from it, and a lot of interest,” she says. African safari specialist operator Somak Holidays

works closely with agents to help them promote trips, often with hooks from TV and films. “We send agents our weekly e-letters with any relevant TV and film coverage, since we always see an upturn in those destinations. Agents can then tailor these to their database,” explains chief executive Ash Sofat. Somak recently held an event to coincide its 50th anniversary with the release of The Lion King, inviting staff, trade partners and children from partner charity, Dreams Come True, to watch the film at a private screening in London. TV shows have also provided inspiration for

Somak’s trips. “A few years ago we created a cookery tour around India that was inspired by Rick Stein’s India, and it had a big take-up,” says Sofat. TV and films often inspire people to visit a destination, he adds. “We get customers saying ‘we saw Serengeti last night with Ben Fogle and we’d like to do something similar, can you organise it?’ – and of course we can.” He adds: “A lot of interest is generated from TV;

video content is very powerful. Tying in promotions with TV and films raises awareness that we cover that part of the world. We wouldn’t be so successful if we didn’t do it.”

OUTSIDE THE BOX Creativity will ensure you reap the rewards of jumping on TV and film hype, says Forder. “For example, a Facebook Live interview with one of your best cruise customers about their views on last night’s Cruising with Jane McDonald (a la Gogglebox), interweaved with a testimonial about booking with you, could engage more customers who missed the show to book [a cruise].” So next time you’re watching the box, make sure you’re thinking outside of it, too.

“You can make an instant connection with clients using film and TV programmes”


Global Travel Group’s marketing manager Sian Webster gives her tips for using TV shows and films in your marketing strategy

Do your research: Look into popular but relevant hashtags to broaden your reach.

Timing is key: Schedule your social media posts to feature either during or just aſter the TV show has aired for maximum exposure.

Add humour: Create your own funny memes and make them shareable.

Look ahead: Don’t be reactive, be proactive! Check TV listings to see what is airing and when.

TOP: Somak Holidays tied in The Lion King film release with its 50th anniversary event

ABOVE: Chernobyl was the inspiration for Bordessa Holidays’ Facebook post

Ditch the hard sell: Consumers are smart – nobody likes to be sold to in this way.

Build engagement: Use this as a brand-awareness exercise – these sorts of posts will build trust, then your supplementary offer posts can help close the deal.

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