Italy’s latest tourism marketing campaign, «Italia: Open to Meraviglia», featuring Botticelli’s Venus as a “virtual influencer,” has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the campaign’s superficiality and its portrayal of Italy. With a hefty budget of €9 million, the campaign has faced criticism for its mishmash of Ital-English tagline and its use of an AI-generated adaptation of Botticelli’s Venus.
Switzerland Tourism has launched a new global campaign to promote the «Grand Train Tour of Switzerland». The campaign features former tennis star Roger Federer and US comedian Trevor Noah in a humorous ad where they accidentally board the wrong train. The campaign was created by Wirz, the same agency responsible for the successful campaigns of the past two years.