VisitBritain launches legendary tourism campaign in run-up to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film release

In the run-up to the release of the action adventure film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, in cinemas this May from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, VisitBritain has launched an international film tourism campaign to showcase why Britain is a legendary tourist destination.

The six-week ‘Where Stories Become Legends’ digital campaign, a non-commercial partnership between VisitBritain and Warner Bros. Pictures, inspires people to book a King Arthur-themed holiday to Britain using #OMGBLegends (Oh My Great Britain ‘Home of Legendary Moments’).

The campaign features an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of writer/director/producer Guy Ritchie, writer/producer Lionel Wigram and the film’s stars Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law on location talking about the epic British landscapes used in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the emotions they inspire.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was filmed at Windsor Great Park and the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley in England, Snowdonia in Wales and Isle of Skye and the Highlands in Scotland.

VisitBritain Director of Marketing Clare Mullin said: “From watching the sunset from the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye to walking in King Arthur’s footsteps in majestic Snowdonia to retracing his story at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, Britain’s epic scenery, ancient history and magical landscapes have the power to transform our holiday experiences into the stuff of legends.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fantastic opportunity to showcase to a global audience of millions the legendary experiences only available in Britain, inspiring people to book a trip right now to discover their own epic stories.”

‘Where Stories become Legends’ kicks off with a six-week digital advertising campaign in Australia, France, Germany and the US, Britain’s four most valuable inbound markets. The media campaign promotes #OMGBLegends content online across Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat including VisitBritain’s first Snapchat lens – inspired by the film.

The campaign drives online ‘traffic’ to a VisitBritain King Arthur: Legend of the Sword site on filled with information on British locations from the film and King Arthur-inspired holiday experiences available in 13 languages.

Visitors to the site can play a ‘Legend Generator’ game to unlock their own ‘kingdom’ and discover which epic British location they are destined to rule. Fans can also enter a global competition to win a legendary road trip in Britain.

VisitBritain has been promoting Britain to the world through film for more than a decade, most recently as part of the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

Films and TV are powerful motivators for travel with VisitBritain’s research showing that more than a third of all potential visitors to Britain want to visit places they have seen on screen.

Last year was a record-breaker for inbound tourism to the UK with 37.3 million visits, up 3.4% on 2015, with visitors spending £22.2 billion, matching 2015’s record spend.

VisitBritain’s forecast shows that this growth is set to continue with 38.8 million visits this year, while spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach £23.9 billion.

Tourism is worth £127 billion to the UK economy.

Picture caption: (L-r) DJIMON HOUNSOU as Bedivere and CHARLIE HUNNAM as Arthur in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' fantasy action adventure “KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD,” distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Photo credit: Daniel Smith

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