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Las Vegas Revives 'What Happens Here' Campaign Three Months After Shooting

Long-Running Effort Is Back Following '#VegasStrong'

By E.J. Schultz. Published on Jan 05, 2018

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"What Happens Here Stays Here" is back on the air. The long-running whimsical campaign promoting Las Vegas tourism is running nationally again after taking a three-month hiatus in the wake of the Oct. 1 massacre in which a gunman killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at an outdoor music festival along the Strip.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority immediately pulled the campaign in the wake of the massacre, deemed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In its place the authority and its agency, R&R Partners, ran the somber-themed "VegasStrong" effort that sought to rally moral support for the Strip as it mourned.

But with the start of the new year, Vegas is reclaiming its mischievous mystique with a new spot under the classic tagline that debuted in 2003. The spot shows a man leaping from the 1890s to 2018 via a time machine. After he gets his fill of partying, he zooms back to the 1890s, umbrella drink in hand. But he lies when his colleagues asked if the time travel worked.

The ad debuts as the city braces itself for a huge influx of visitors, just days before the onset of the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the biggest conferences held in Vegas every year. Last year CES drew 184,279 attendees, most from out of town.

"What Happens Here Stays Here" is back on the air. The long-running whimsical campaign promoting Las Vegas tourism is running nationally again after taking a three-month hiatus in the wake of the Oct. 1 massacre in which a gunman killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at an outdoor music festival along the Strip.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority immediately pulled the campaign in the wake of the massacre, deemed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. In its place the authority and its agency, R&R Partners, ran the somber-themed "VegasStrong" effort that sought to rally moral support for the Strip as it mourned.

But with the start of the new year, Vegas is reclaiming its mischievous mystique with a new spot under the classic tagline that debuted in 2003. The spot shows a man leaping from the 1890s to 2018 via a time machine. After he gets his fill of partying, he zooms back to the 1890s, umbrella drink in hand. But he lies when his colleagues asked if the time travel worked.

The ad debuts as the city braces itself for a huge influx of visitors, just days before the onset of the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the biggest conferences held in Vegas every year. Last year CES drew 184,279 attendees, most from out of town.

R&R Partners had considered coming back with something a bit less whimsical. The agency tested ads that were more inspirational with an empowerment theme and a manifesto approach, says Arnie DiGeorge, R&R's executive creative director. But "consumers liked the way we had been and didn't like the way we were going to go with it as much," he says. "They've really gotten used to our voice and they thought the stuff we were bringing them just wasn't exciting."

The new ad was actually produced before the shooting but it never aired. Now the spot is running nationally on networks including Travel Channel, Food Network, USA, TNT, BET and E!, as well as online.

Read more about the effort here.

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Date
Jan 05, 2018
Agency:
R&R Partners
Client:
LVCVA

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