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Brand USA’s 'National Parks Adventure' expected to bring $700 million

Staff Writer |
Brand USA released the results of a return on investment (ROI) study showing the significant marketing impact of Brand USA’s first IMAX and giant-screen film, “National Parks Adventure,” on increasing international visitation and spend in the United States.

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Research by Phocuswright and Oxford Economics found that “National Parks Adventure” will generate $700 million in incremental spend and 172,335 incremental visitors to the United States from Fiscal Year 2017 through Fiscal Year 2019.

The study includes an analysis of six markets – Canada, Mexico, Germany, China, Brazil, and United Kingdom – which finds a marketing ROI of 56:1 based on Brand USA’s production and marketing expenses of $12.5 million.

Sponsored by Expedia Group and Subaru, “National Parks Adventure” leverages the experiential nature of the giant screen to showcase the nearly limitless experiences that the United States has to offer, which is an integral part of Brand USA's marketing strategy to drive international tourism to communities in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia.

The film was voted Best Film of the Year by the Giant Screen Cinema Association and became the highest grossing documentary film of 2016.

The film’s release was the industry’s fastest giant-screen roll-out in five years, with 48 exhibitions in six countries in February 2016 and 119 exhibitions in 16 countries within the first 12 months.

In addition, Brand USA collaborated with some two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to showcase the film in countries as diverse as Canada, Croatia, Equitorial Guinea, El Salvador, Indonesia, Romania, and many more—helping those missions promote travel to the United States and celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service.

The film is currently streaming on both Netflix and Youku services around the world.

Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, was established by the Travel Promotion Act as the nation's first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to communicate U.S. travel policies and procedures to worldwide travelers.

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