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How Leo Burnett Thailand Turned a Bad Holiday Into a Great Adventure

Leo Burnett Asia Pacific, 2 years, 10 months ago

Tourism Authority of Thailand viral hits 1m views in three days

How Leo Burnett Thailand Turned a Bad Holiday Into a Great Adventure

Leo Burnett Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) released an unbranded and uncredited video online two weeks ago. Titled “I hate Thailand”, the five-minute video quickly drew the attention of people around the world and raked up a million views within just three days. The film currently stands at over 1.8 million views and the number of views continue to grow.

Faced with falling numbers in repeat visitors over the past few years and strong competition from other markets in the region, Thailand needed to remind visitors of what made them fall in love with the country beyond the famous sights and attractions. TAT’s studies show that the one thing that Thailand has always stand head and shoulders above its keenest competitors is its hospitality and excellent service. And at the heart of this is the uniqueness of the Thai people and their way of life that makes visitors’ experience to Thailand ‘amazing’ and memorable.

“I hate Thailand” tapped into this insight to reinforce what makes Thailand special and remind visitors of their unique Thai experience. Considered unconventional in the sea of tourism marketing, the film stood out for its charming story that is entertaining, relevant with a twist at the end. The interest and attention it drew as a standalone unbranded film amplified its key messages following its reveal as a piece of TAT content.

The idea for “I hate Thailand” is simple. Just like anywhere else in the world, travelers may have good or bad experience in a country they visit, Thailand is no different. However what is unique is the Thai people and their way of living - which may quite possibly save the day and turn your initial “hatred” to become a lifetime memory.


Advertiser: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Creative Agency

Account Director: Samira Thancharoenkit

Account Manager: Apiporn Kunakorn, Pimsorn Chanpa

Creative Agency: Leo Burnett Thailand

Art Director: Putthikon Saeamad

Chief Creative Officer: Sompat Trisadikun

Copywriter: Prathan Udomsubvong

Creative: (Group Head) Pipat Uraporn

Executive Creative Director: Keeratie Chaimungkalo

Producer: Sompetch Nuntasinlapachai

Production Company

Director: Nithiwat Tharatorn

Producer: Nattapon Kornkaew

Production Company: Hub Ho Hin Bangkok

Category: Holiday , Travel

Genre: People , Scenic , Storytelling