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Thursday, October 4, 2012

#WhistlerUnfiltered is Whistler through the people's lens; tag your photos to share the story

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - October 4, 2012

#WhistlerUnfiltered is Whistler through the people's lens; tag your photos to share the story

Suggested tweet: Tag your photos #WhistlerUnfiltered and help tell the Whistler story through the people’s lens




Whistler, B.C. – If the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” holds true, many a conversation will be had about Whistler this winter as word-of-mouth marketing takes hold with the launch of Tourism Whistler’s 2012/ 2013 winter marketing campaign.

#WhistlerUnfiltered is an online anthology of Instagram images of Whistler. It is a collection of unofficial, uncensored, candid snapshots and moments telling the story of winter in Whistler. It’s unstaged and unfiltered. It’s Whistler, through the people’s lens.

Tourism Whistler worked with Origin Design + Communications on the campaign, which launched in October and will utilize consumer-driven content in various channels including television, print and online, to showcase Whistler by establishing an emotional connection with the consumer. People are asked to use the #WhistlerUnfiltered hashtag on their Instagram images, which could then be featured on the #WhistlerUnfiltered microsite and in additional marketing materials.

Images will be featured in the opening and closing signature videos as well as five videos, to be launched monthly throughout the campaign in October, November, December, January and February, with the themes of:  Anticipation, Rooftop of the World, Dropping In, Snow Play and Boots Off.

“Word of mouth marketing is key for consumers who are making vacation decisions,” said Louise Walker, Tourism Whistler’s Vice President of Marketing Strategy.

“Whistler is a dream destination – a bucket list destination, if you will. People want to visit here and when they’re making their decisions, they rely heavily on what their counterparts are saying about their own experiences,” Walker said.

“People like to share their experiences in the social world and consumers make purchasing decisions based on the information being shared by their peers. We need to connect the dots for the consumer, moving that vacation off the “dream” list and into reality. We want to increase top of mind awareness of Whistler as a destination by engaging, inspiring and entertaining the consumer – we want to make an emotional connection so that people are inspired to visit Whistler.”

The campaign, utilizing the key messages of Whistler, with its genuine, welcoming and friendly vibe, as “the” place to ski, with reliable and magical snow conditions and a breadth of experiences that no other place can live up to, targets the markets of Australia, the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, focusing on active, outdoor enthusiasts seeking unique and diverse experiences, core skiers and boarders and the Nordic market.

Each week, new images from the collection will be sourced and featured on the campaign microsite: with a top-three selection most prominent on the page.

“The success of the campaign really depends on participation,” added Walker. “We encourage locals, guests and our Members to participate,” she said. “Hashtag your photos #WhistlerUnfiltered and be a part of the Whistler story.”

In support of the campaign and in alignment with the five themes, there will be five prize packages (Anticipation, Rooftop of the World, Dropping In, Snow Play and Boots Off) as well as Grand Prize package to be won; contest launches October 17. Information will be available on

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network.  The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time.  Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site.

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