Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Set to Roll Out New Brand
Article published on Campaign Brief, 03. September 2015.
The new Choice Hotels Asia-Pac has announced at its annual conference, a new direction and positioning of the Choice Hotels brand in the market including a new brand identity and campaign.
Choice Hotels International worked with McCann Erickson in New York on the global rebrand. The creative execution of the new brand in Asia-Pac has been developed by creative agency Akkomplice Group in Melbourne and production of that creative was executed by The Pound. Choice Hotels Asia-Pac’s PR agency Undertow Media, based in both Australia and New Zealand, has been helping to bring the new brand to life across the region.
A result of the global rebrand that was launched by Choice Hotels International, Inc. earlier this year, the new Choice Hotels centres on ensuring all guests and franchisees are always made to feel welcome, wanted and respected.
The new brand allows the company to differentiate itself from the rest of the market by creating an environment which encourages people to connect with other people more often and more easily.
Trent Fraser (left), Choice’s Hotels Asia-Pac chief executive officer, is excited to launch the new brand in this region after two years of research and development by Choice Hotels International.
Says Fraser: “This new brand is all about encouraging less online and virtual interaction and more face to face connections, and for our business guests our brand is about people pressing palms instead of always pressing send.”
Says Matt Taylor (right), general manager of marketing: “Most hotel companies have traditionally focused on promoting beautiful destinations, but what we’ve realised is that people don’t just travel to visit a destination, they travel to connect with other people.
“This new direction focuses on the reasons why each guest is travelling in the first place and why we are an important part of that experience. Our new tag line – You Always have a Choice, is the epitome of this and will form the basis of the new brand voice.”
With the new brand also comes a new visual identity and logo that is more modern, sophisticated and elegant.
To better reflect the scope of Choice Hotels and its expansion plans in this region, and the increasing influence that Asian travellers are having on this market, the company will now be known as Choice Hotels Asia-Pac instead of Choice Hotels Australasia.
Says Fraser: “Visually the new identity is more appealing to a larger variety of customer segments and as we head into the future, research has told us that the new face of our customers – the Millennials, will strongly connect with this new brand.”
The launch of the new brand will be supported with an integrated marketing approach, with the company launching a series of new TVCs and online videos, new strategic partnerships, and focus on digital and social media.