16 Jun The Future of Travel Is Human
Internova Travel Group Reminds Us Why Humans Are Better at Servicing Travel Than Machines
NEW YORK (June 16, 2021) – In an era dominated by technology, humans will always win on experience. That’s why Internova Travel Group, one of the industry’s largest travel services companies, today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign to remind consumers that choosing to book travel through humans may be the best travel decision they could ever make. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations worldwide. Its “Go Human. Book Human.” campaign showcases how relying on artificial intelligence to plan vacations can sometimes lead to disappointingly cookie-cutter outcomes.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought to light the horrors of travel disruption in a new way. Individuals and families left stranded with no refunds and limited support gave way to a climate of extreme frustration. Many realized that getting travel wrong – personal or business – can have very real, very strenuous consequences. That’s when travel advisors were called in to save the day.
-Internova Travel Group CEO J.D. O’Hara
On the other hand, a trusted travel advisor can save the average do-it-yourselfer not only time but money while offering peace of mind. And, since travel advisors are human beings and not algorithms, clients can benefit from the personalized attention. They may even enjoy a few pleasant surprises now and then, from an upgrade to a premium cabin on a flight, to a welcome basket waiting for them and their family in their hotel room.
“The Covid-19 pandemic brought to light the horrors of travel disruption in a new way,” said J.D. O’Hara, Chief Executive Officer of Internova Travel Group. “Individuals and families left stranded with no refunds and limited support gave way to a climate of extreme frustration. Many realized that getting travel wrong – personal or business – can have very real, very strenuous consequences. That’s when travel advisors were called in to save the day.”
The “Go Human. Book Human.” campaign was designed to make people fall in love with the idea of booking travel with actual people versus doing it alone online. Internova tapped the creative minds at the advertising agency Broken Heart Love Affair to de-position technology with human care. The result is a provocative “Go Human. Book Human.” creative platform that urges travelers to consider how computer programming and artificial intelligence could possibly plan vacations without the same sensory perception as human beings. Each spot closes with a call for consumers to ‘book human’ for their next travel experience.
The “Go Human. Book Human.” campaign will run over the next three months, featuring a longform video and out-of- home in New York and Los Angeles, along with paid and organic social, digital, and public relations. Ironically, the most innovative component of the human-centered campaign, is the web experience. In an industry first, BookHuman.Travel reimagines advisory services by bringing together emerging technologies and a customer experience focus. The site connects consumers directly with human travel advisors across the U.S. from Global Travel Collection, the luxury and premium travel division of Internova Travel Group. With the growth of direct-to-consumer over the past year, this platform gives the customer relevant and meaningful choice when looking for a travel advisor. The booking website elevates the experience well beyond chat bots and algorithms and harnesses the power of face-to-face human connection integrated with the accessibility and immediacy of the digital sphere. The user interface design is optimized for both desktop and mobile.
As Americans return to travel, a recent survey* conducted by Internova found that 79% of respondents prefer working with a human being over a computer bot to plan an important trip.
“The old way just became new again,” said Brent Rivard, Chief Marketing Officer at Internova Travel Group. “People today have access to a plethora of online booking algorithms to plan their vacations, but artificial intelligence won’t give you a unique, personalized experience, and it doesn’t particularly care if anything goes wrong. Bots are simply programmed to sell, not care. It’s time for humans to take back what’s rightfully theirs.”
Internova’s “Go Human. Book Human.” campaign was developed in partnership with Broken Heart Love Affair. The agency was chosen as part of a competitive process, along with WaveMaker as the media agency. Development of the web experience was led by Broken Heart Love Affair’s sister agency Lifelong Crush.
*The online poll was conducted via Survey Monkey June 3-7, 2021 among a national sample of 1,190 adults.
About Internova Travel Group
Internova Travel Group is one of the largest travel services companies in the world with a collection of leading brands delivering high-touch, personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise firms through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a presence in more than 80 countries.
About Global Travel Collection
Global Travel Collection (GTC), a division of Internova Travel Group, is the world’s largest collection of international luxury travel agencies, including the well-established networks of Protravel International, Tzell Travel Group, and Colletts Travel, as well as Andrew Harper, In the Know Experiences, All Star Travel Group and R. Crusoe & Son. GTC advisors and agencies are industry leaders in providing premium travel services to leisure travelers, corporate executives and the entertainment industry. The combined global reach and leverage translates into value, recognition, and preferential treatment for its world travelers.
About Broken Heart Love Affair & Lifelong Crush
Broken Heart Love Affair a global agency based in Toronto and the partnership of industry veterans Jason Chaney, Carlos Moreno, Denise Rossetto, Todd Mackie and Beverley Hammond who came together to bring back the love of brands to clients, consumers and the creative community. Our Consumer Experience subsidiary, Lifelong Crush elevates brand engagement through effectively managing each touchpoint of the customer journey.
Agency: Broken Heart Love Affair
Partner(s), Chief Creative Officer(s): Carlos Moreno, Denise Rossetto, Todd Mackie
Partner, Chief Strategy Officer: Jay Chaney
Partner, Chief Business Officer: Beverley Hammond
Creative Director(s): Jordan Hamer, Spencer Dingle
Copywriter: Jordan Hamer
Art Director: Spencer Dingle
Designer: Rasna Jaswal
Agency Producer: Erica Metcalfe
VP, Client Success: Cass Farry
Account Director: Naomi Olsen
Production Company: Frank Content
Director: Rodrigo Garcia Saiz
Executive Producer: Danielle Kappy
Producer: Keren Kilcoyne
Director of Photography: Rory O’Grady
Post Producer: Nathan Dharamshi
Service Production Company – South Africa: Gatehouse
Executive Producer: Beverley Wynn
Bidding Producer: Karin Tanchel
Edit House: Black Ginger
Editor: Jaco Rossouw
VFX: Black Ginger
Online: Eddie Addinall
Audio House: OSO
Audio Engineer, Creative Director: Daenen Bramberger
BookHuman.Travel (Web-Based Service)
Client: Internova Travel Group (Brent Rivard / Angie Licea / Don Jones)
Creative Agency: Lifelong Crush
Technology + Development Partner: Array of Stars
Creative Director(s): Spencer Dingle, Jordan Hamer, Mark Rozeluk
Copywriter: Sasha Downer
EVP, Managing Director: Caroline Kilgour
Account Director: Carlos Game
UX: Adam Slayer / Lauren Suh
UI: Jonathan Agomaa
Lead Developer: Bohdan Anderson
Digital PM: Leigh Lenchner