'That's So LA' Campaign
LA INC. was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Tom LaBonge, and Universal Studios President Larry Kurzweil to roll out “That’s So LA” – a new marketing campaign designed to attract visitors to top local landmarks and expand the tourism industry.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of our economy, and we cannot afford to let the benefits of this industry stop flowing to the heart of our City,” Villaraigosa said. “This campaign is L.A.’s latest blockbuster hit, and standing center stage and playing the leading role is a new set of ads and images that lead tourists and Angelenos to think to themselves: ‘That’s SO LA’.”
“Initially, the new campaign will target regional visitors and promote cost effective vacation alternatives for Southern California visitors looking for an adventurous ‘staycation’ or getaway closer to home,” said Mark Liberman. “Our plan is to take advantage of the 21 million people living right here in Southern California because the regional visitor offers the greatest potential for LA tourism in the coming months.”
The campaign features a series of ads that highlight unique sites around the City and showcase major attractions and top personalities in new and exciting ways. This effort includes images of basketball stars Kobe Bryant and Baron Davis; Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; Lauren Conrad, star of “The Hills”; and soccer phenom David Beckham.
The campaign will be marketed through a mix of media channels consisting of a robust on-line marketing strategy, and regional print and radio buys. Specific focus will be placed on Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, LA’s largest feeder market. Locally, visitors and residents will soon be seeing ads at LAX terminals; and over the next few months, it will be rolled out on-line to key domestic and international markets.
Timed to coincide with the launch of this campaign is the debut of LA INC.’s expanded and revamped website, www.discoverlosangeles.com, where visitors and locals can find attractions, make reservations, and book hotel rooms throughout the LA area.