Olga Kurylenko Featured in New “The Stories Begin Here” Campaign for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Multi-platform campaign brings to life unforgettable moments through an exclusive short story by award-winning author, Simon Van Booy
MCLEAN, Va. – November 5, 2013 – Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts today unveils its new global advertising campaign, “The Stories Begin Here,” featuring international actress Olga Kurylenko. The groundbreaking campaign concept is a creative collaboration between the actress, fashion photographer Bruno Dayan and British author Simon Van Booy, who was commissioned to write a short story which would inspire the photo shoot.
In the campaign, Kurylenko plays a character named Alexandra, created exclusively for her by Van Booy as a young, successful and well-traveled couturier, spending time experiencing unforgettable moments at a Waldorf Astoria hotel. The story, entitled “The Escape Artist,” takes readers on a journey through the eyes of Alexandra as she encounters the many inspirational environments and bespoke service a Waldorf Astoria offers.
“This is a truly innovative marketing and communications plan for this legendary brand, and a first in the luxury hospitality industry. We have brought together a writer, an actor and a photographer – three creative minds – to develop an integrated multi-platform campaign that embodies the Waldorf Astoria guest experience,” said H. Stuart Foster, vice president of marketing, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide. “This campaign brings to life, through still and video assets across print, digital and social channels, the kind of unforgettable experiences awaiting each of our guests at 24 inspiring destinations around the world. It has been very exciting to partner with the talented Ms. Kurylenko, world-renowned photographer Mr. Dayan and the accomplished writer Mr. Van Booy who have partnered with us to create an incredibly unique and unforgettable campaign.”
The integrated marketing and communications campaign illustrates Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts’ unique positioning as the luxury portfolio of hotels that create exceptional experiences that become extraordinary memories for our guests, each providing the personalized attention that is the source of unforgettable moments that add up to an extraordinary experience that could only happen at a Waldorf Astoria.
Shot on location at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the digital and print execution exemplify caught moments – “vignettes” – from the bespoke tale: Alexandra’s arrival and chance encounter in the lobby; her moment of inspiration en suite; and a relaxing moment in the hotel’s spa.
The campaign, which includes a multi-million dollar media plan, spans U.S., U.K., United Arab Emirates and Chinese media outlets. The bespoke story comes to life for global luxury consumers on a dedicated parallax website – www.waldorfastoria.com/thestories – with behind-the-scenes video and interactive content. An engaging social media contest and Facebook tab introduces the campaign to fans of the Waldorf Astoria brand and reinforces the brand’s commitment to interacting with discerning luxury travelers.
Chosen for her international appeal and sophisticated elegance, Olga Kurylenko is delighted to be affiliated with the brand. “From the moment Waldorf Astoria approached me with this project, I was intrigued. Having worked with Bruno before, I knew he would bring his keen eye and talent to create beautiful imagery. I was flattered that Simon wrote the role of Alexandra expressly for me. Bringing his character to life in this campaign was truly an unforgettable experience,” said Kurylenko. “For someone who constantly travels for work, hotels play a very important role in my own life. For me, Waldorf Astoria hotels exemplify luxury because each are not only iconic landmarks but they deliver truly genuine and personalized service. At each Waldorf Astoria I visit, my Personal Concierge always ensures I have an exceptional experience at the hotel. I truly never want to leave.”
The three artists ideated and developed the campaign as a unified team on set, bringing a real narrative aspect to the campaign:
· Olga Kurylenko, is a Ukrainian-born actress. She lives in London and works the world over. In 2008, Olga shot to international fame as “Camille” co-starring opposite Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace.” Most recently, Olga Kurylenko starred as “Julia” in “Oblivion” opposite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. She is currently filming the female lead opposite Russell Crowe in “The Water Diviner.”
· Based between Paris and New York City, photographer Bruno Dayan has shot for leading fashion brands and publications around the globe including Celine, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Numéro, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.
· Simon van Booy’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and The Guardian. English born but based in Brooklyn, NY, he is the author of works such as Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and The Illusion of Separateness, his latest work.
The next chapter of the campaign will continue to tell Alexandra’s story, and is scheduled to be produced in early 2015 at another iconic Waldorf Astoria property.
For more information about Waldorf Astoria’s “The Stories Begin Here” campaign, please visit www.waldorfastoria.com/thestories.
Olga Kurylenko has been commissioned by Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts for her endorsement and participation in the global advertising campaign, “The Stories Begin Here”.
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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of 24 landmark destinations, each being a true reflection of their surroundings in the world’s most sought after locations. Unified by their inspirational environments and unparalleled guest service, Waldorf Astoria creates unique authentic moments through the delivery of True Waldorf Service. Personal concierges deliver unparalleled, bespoke service from the moment a guest books through check out. From signature culinary excellence, 12 world-class golf courses and 23 rejuvenating spas, Waldorf Astoria offers luxuriously appointed accommodations and unforgettable experiences. Waldorf Astoria is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with development plans to add 12 new hotels to the brand. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or learn more about this expanding portfolio by visiting http://news.waldorfastoria.com.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.