Chinese TV Star to Showcase Irish Landmarks to Over 800+ Million

Chinese TV star Ren Zhong is visiting Ireland this week as part of a new Tourism Ireland campaign in China.

The Irish marketing body are partnering with Chinese mobile company Vivo and the Chinese edition of National Geographic, enabling Zhong and his crew to capture footage along the Wild Atlantic Way – shot on Vivo’s latest phone.

The resulting film, called ‘Be Wild’, will go live in early November and will reach at least 30 million Chinese on social media and on one of China’s most influential video platforms, Youku (similar to YouTube). Zhong’s itinerary was designed by Fáilte Ireland and includes Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Adare Manor, Dingle, the Rock of Cashel and Dublin.

Mr Zhong’s visit is part of the fifth annual “Images in Cities” campaign, run by Vivo and National Geographic, which involves bringing photographers and videographers to a different destination each year. Thus, a separate group of 16 Chinese journalists and National Geographic photographers is visiting other locations around Ireland – including Belfast, the Causeway Coastal Route, the Dark Hedges and Killarney. They are also using the new Vivo phone to capture images and videos here and will then share their content with their 800 million followers on social media.

“Last year, we welcomed an estimated 90,000 Chinese visitors to the island of Ireland in 2017; Tourism Ireland aims to grow Chinese visitor numbers to 175,000 per year, by 2025. There are now two direct flights to Dublin – from Beijing with Hainan Airlines and from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific. Given that there’s a proven direct correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, we believe these new flights will be a major game-changer in growing visitor numbers from China,” said James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager China in a statement.

The “Images in Cities” campaign also includes:

  • an exhibition of the best photos captured around the island of Ireland during this week’s visit, in three Chinese cities, which will be seen by an estimated 15,000 people;
  • a 30-second Ireland ad on the Travel Channel, one of the top 20 TV stations in China;
  • an Ireland ad on the homepage of the Vivo website;
  • microblogging during and after the visit to Ireland – by Ren Zhong, Vivo and National Geographic – which will deliver around 80 million impressions; and
  • extensive social media activity – with stories and images of Ireland being shared on the WeChat accounts of both Vivo and National Geographic, reaching around 100,000 people.

The two visiting Chinese groups flew to Dublin courtesy of Hainan Airlines, on the new direct flight from Beijing, which was launched this summer.


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