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Brand USA Launches Storytelling Campaign to Welcome Travelers from Around the World
BELLE FOURCHE, SD
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January 15, 2019

Mobile content creation lab spotlights first-person perspectives of American culture via locals, influencers, and travelers alike

Today, Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, launched United Stories. United Stories is a mobile content creation lab that will travel the United States capturing warm and welcoming stories told from local perspectives. This content will inspire international travelers to visit the USA. Accomplished content creators, storytellers, and influencers will visit various points of interest, events, and attractions across the country in visually arresting vehicles branded with #UnitedStories.

To successfully execute this storytelling strategy, Brand USA has partnered with Beautiful Destinations, the world’s largest tourism community on social media and a global media brand dedicated to capturing best-in-class travel content. The collaboration allows Brand USA to continuously generate content at the speed of consumption and showcase the breadth and depth of the USA like never before.

To kick-off the campaign, Brand USA is collaborating with French street artist Etienne Bardelli to create a high-impact design for the content creation vehicles. Inspired by iconic American graphics such as state flags and vintage National Park posters, the compelling pattern creates a uniform design instantly identifiable with United Stories as the mobile content creation lab makes its way through the country’s plains, mountains, valleys, deserts, and cities.

“As a nation, we want to share our stories with the world and invite them to experience our people and destinations first-hand. United Stories will help travelers understand places more deeply, meet real people, and uncover local perspectives to activate their wanderlust,” said Tom Garzilli, chief marketing officer of Brand USA. "Global travelers are increasingly looking for local experiences that can’t be found in travel brochures. This campaign is an open invitation to visit the USA, experience the warmth of the American people, and engage with the vast diversity of our destinations. A trip to the United States is perpetually new.”

United Stories launches in South Dakota, where the town of Belle Fourche, is the geographic center of the United States. This is an ideal epicenter to begin telling unique travel stories around the people, places, and experiences available to international tourists in the USA.

To further amplify the narratives of South Dakota, United Stories has teamed up with six travel influencers who collectively reach an audience of more than 7 million social media followers worldwide. They include:

The campaign will emphasize that the USA is a collection of places and experiences whose spirit is found in the diversity of its people, as well as those visitors who have explored its culture, roots, and roads.

Brand USA invites the global travel community to follow along on Facebook, #UnitedStories on Instagram, or VisitTheUSA.com/UnitedStories.

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About Visit The USA 

Visit The USA is the marketing outreach to global travelers to visit the United States. The campaigns it creates invite and inspire international travelers to experience the country’s vibrancy, culture, and nearly infinite possibilities. From giant screen to mobile video and everything in between, Visit The USA showcases this country’s unique travel journeys along our highways and byways across the vast geography of the United States.

To discover more about the USA and the boundless diversity of American travel experiences and authentic, rich culture, please follow #UnitedStories on Instagram, Facebook,  or VisitTheUSA.com/UnitedStories.

About Beautiful Destinations

Voted by FAST COMPANY as one of the world’s most innovative companies in 2017, we are a purpose-driven travel media brand and award-winning creative agency behind some of the world’s most innovative travel marketing. Sitting at the center of travel and culture, we fully understand the digitalization of the tourism industry, the changing consumption habits of today’s travel consumer, and the rapidly changing new media landscape.

Editor’s Note: Journalist media assets are available for download here.

 

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About Brand USA

Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act as the nation's first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. travel policies and procedures to worldwide travelers. The organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the USA in order to fuel the U.S. economy and enhance the image of the United States worldwide. Formed as the Corporation for Travel Promotion in 2010, the public-private entity began operations in May 2011 and does business as Brand USA. According to studies by Oxford Economics, over the past six years, Brand USA's marketing initiatives have helped welcome 6.6 million incremental visitors to the USA, benefiting the U.S. economy with more than $21.8 billion in total economic impact and supporting, on average, nearly 52,000 incremental U.S. jobs a year.

For industry or partner information about Brand USA, visit TheBrandUSA.com. To discover more about the USA and the boundless diversity of American travel experiences and authentic, rich culture, please visit Brand USA’s consumer website VisitTheUSA.com and follow Visit The USA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.