UM picks up £20m South African Tourism

South African Tourism has appointed Universal McCann to its estimated £20 million global media account.

South African Tourism: keen to build on last year's World Cup
South African Tourism: keen to build on last year's World Cup

The agency will be responsible for planning and buying media across international markets to support campaigns to promote tourism to the country.

Mindshare was the previous incumbent on the account, which has moved to UM after a statutory pitch process.

UM's Johannesburg office will take the lead on the account but other offices, including UM London, will co-ordinate the business at a local level. The agency's contract runs for a three-year period.

Industry sources suggested that activity is likely to include outdoor and cinema work and that the UK spend could reach around £5 million, up from the current £2 million spend recorded by Nielsen.

Ogilvy has handled global creative and marketing activity for the tourist board since 2006, when its group of agencies landed a brief to work across all markets, with a primary focus on Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.

South African Tourism is keen to build tourist numbers on the back of the 2010 World Cup, which contributed to a 25 per cent rise in visitors in June when more than one million people travelled to the country.

Become a member of Campaign from just £46 a quarter

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to campaignlive.co.uk plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

Partner content

Share

1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).