Since the US has long been interested in British culture, how knowledgeable are Americans about British culture?
In an effort to encourage US visitors to plan their next trip to Britain, British Airways and VisitBritain have teamed together to launch a new campaign that provides an insider’s vision of modern Britain with all its passion and warmth.
Under the “Ask Britain Anything” campaign, which was developed in partnership with Uncommon Creative Studio, 50 of the most popular questions Americans are asking about the UK online are examined in-depth.
Some of the most-searched questions by Americans included: What are British people like? Why do British people like queuing? Why travel to Britain? What do British people eat for breakfast? Is all British food beige? And, what do British people mean when they say ‘hello love’?
The new campaign, which debuts this week on social media and linked television in the US, has answers from British Airways employees as well as citizens of other countries.
Behind the campaign’s humor is a ‘bird’s-eye’ view of modern British society, with its unique people, cultures, and quirks that make Britain such a special place to live and visit.
“The most surprising question was about British food being beige. I’ve been debating it among my friends ever since!” said British Airways Inflight Manager Jason Consiglio, who took part in the campaign. “Answering these questions gave me a chance to recognize how much I love being British, and the confidence to say how great we really are. We’re a beautiful country that champions traditions, cultures and people. I could not be happier to represent Britain, and British Airways, in this campaign.”
British Airways Director of Marketing Hamish McVey said: “Everyone knows about Britain’s vibrant cities, historical sites and beautiful landscapes. But there is a curiosity around British culture – now more than ever. We’re incredibly proud of this campaign, which dispels the stereotypes, sheds light on who we truly are and why you should visit to get to know us better. And what better place to immerse yourself in the British spirit than on a British Airways flight.”
VisitBritain Executive VP for The Americas, Australia and New Zealand Paul Gauger said: “We are delighted to launch this fun and engaging campaign, inviting our visitors to ‘Ask Britain Anything’ and extending a warm welcome to the US, Britain’s largest and most valuable inbound visitor market. By telling the story of our dynamic destinations and diverse culture, we’re inspiring visitors from the US to explore further, stay longer and discover the new and surprising experiences to be had in Britain all year-round.”
The campaign includes a series of 12 unique and original films. More than 70 individuals were interviewed to take part in the series from across the UK’s nations and regions.