New York, August 10, 2020 – Big Village, a global advertising, technology and data company, has been appointed by the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.), as its media agency of record, after a review process facilitated by Lisa Colantuono, President of AAR & Partners. As Media AOR, Big Village will be responsible for developing and activating the overall media strategy in the U.S.; including media planning and buying, audience building, data consultation, and measurement and analytics.
The A.T.A. is the Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO) for Aruba and is responsible for uniting tourism interests with both on-island and off-island stakeholders and partners and coordinating destination marketing, development and partnerships.
Big Village will work closely with the A.T.A. with the mission of welcoming people back to the popular Caribbean travel destination as global travel restrictions in connection with COVID-19 have lifted. Driven by media and measurement planning expertise, Big Village will leverage not only its deep knowledge of media but also culture and data.
Kasha Cacy, Global CEO, Big Village, said: “I am excited to be working with the A.T.A. during this pivotal time in the travel industry, and quite frankly, also the world at large. We have the media capabilities and insights that will enable the A.T.A. to optimize how they reach the audiences that are ready to travel again and drive much-needed revenue to the island. I am also personally proud of how our team united together during the pitch process – which was done entirely via Zoom and under lockdown due to COVID-19!”
Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority, said: “Having seen the level of personal and innovative services, experience and professionalism that Big Village offers, we are thrilled to partner with the agency to work on a crucial part of our brand strategy. In our current unprecedented environment and highly competitive market, Big Village brings an expertise in digital marketing that will allow the A.T.A., and ultimately Aruba, to elevate our overall media efficiency and effectiveness.”
Kyle Krueger, SVP, Media, Big Village, said: “Working together, we will bring travelers back to Aruba using Big Village’s proprietary targeting approach that unites attitudinal and behavior signals to identify the people most likely to be open to traveling again. This approach will give Aruba a competitive advantage and drive more travelers to the island more quickly.”
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As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba — One happy island — is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease and where a diverse history parallels a bright future.
Awarded a top spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list based on the island’s ambitious sustainability efforts and the revitalization of the cultural district of San Nicolas, Aruba offers something for beach-lovers, adrenaline junkies, relaxation-seekers and everyone in between.
Located outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba offers a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 300 restaurants with 25+ located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences such as cooling off in Conchi, Aruba’s natural pool.