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Britain’s Tourism Board asks China to Name the Loch Ness Monster

Some British tourist attractions already have a widely accepted name in Chinese. Stonehenge is Ju Shi Zhen, the Giant Stone Arrangement. Then there’s Da Ben Zhong, the Big Ben Clock, sometimes translated as the Big Silly Clock. (“Ben” in Chinese can sound like the word for stupid or silly.)

Yet there are plenty of British attractions that don’t yet have names in Chinese, so national tourism agency VisitBritain, along with the Home Office, is launching a contest for people in China to pick some.

The list of locations and icons to be named includes the Loch Ness Monster, Sherwood Forest, Kensington Palace, the Beefeaters who guard the Tower of London, and the Temple Church that features in “The Da Vinci Code.” The country is also seeking a translation for kilt, as well as the Welsh town of Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch (that’s not a typo.)

Ogilvy & Mather Beijing developed the campaign, Great Names for Great Britain, which is being promoted through online videos and is centered around social media sharing, a microsite and prizes. The campaign runs through April 2015.

Big spending

Countries globally are trying to figure out how to lure China’s exploding class of world travelers. This year, 116 million Chinese tourists are projected to travel outside their country, spending $155 billion, a 20% increase from last year, according to the China Tourism Academy. Chinese travelers are the No. 1 spenders in international tourism, with their consumption increasing about 10 times since 2000, according to the U.N.’s World Tourism Organization.

Britain has an opportunity to rise in the ranks as a destination for Chinese tourists – in 2013 it drew fewer of them than countries such as the U.S., France, Italy and Russia, according to the China National Tourism Administration.

In China, Britain is seen as a great place for well-off families to educate their children abroad. Some of its brand and cultural exports are quite popular here, from Burberry to Benedict Cumberbatch. “Sherlock” is a hit on online video services in China, where Mr. Cumberbatch’s character and Dr. Watson have been affectionately dubbed Curly Fu and Peanut. (Fu is part of the Chinese name for Sherlock Holmes, and Watson sounds vaguely like the Chinese word for peanut.) Chinese consumers have also already come up with a nickname for British traditional specialties including haggis and stargazy pie, which is embedded with fish heads. They call it “gloomy cuisine.”


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Some British tourist attractions already have a widely accepted name in Chinese. Stonehenge is Ju Shi Zhen, the Giant Stone Arrangement. Then there's Da Ben Zhong, the Big Ben Clock, sometimes translated as the Big Silly Clock. ("Ben" in Chinese can sound like the word for stupid or silly.) Yet there are plenty of British attractions that don't yet have names in Chinese, so national tourism agency VisitBritain, along with the Home Office, is launching a contest for people in China to pick some. The list of locations and icons to be named includes the Loch Ness Monster, Sherwood Forest, Kensington Palace, the Beefeaters who guard the Tower of London, and the Temple Church that features in "The Da Vinci Code." The country is also seeking a translation for kilt, as well as the Welsh town of Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch (that's not a typo.) Ogilvy & Mather Beijing developed the campaign, Great Names for Great Britain, which is being promoted through online videos and is centered around social media sharing, a microsite and prizes. The campaign runs through April 2015. Big spending Countries globally are trying to figure out how to lure China's exploding class of world travelers. This year, 116 million Chinese tourists are projected to travel outside their country, spending $155 billion, a 20% increase from last year, according to the China Tourism Academy. Chinese travelers are the No. 1 spenders in international tourism, with their consumption increasing about 10 times since 2000, according to the U.N.'s World Tourism Organization. Britain has an opportunity to rise in the ranks as a destination for Chinese tourists – in 2013 it drew fewer of them than countries such as the U.S., France, Italy and Russia, according to the China National Tourism Administration. In China, Britain is seen as a great place for well-off families to educate their children abroad. Some of its brand and cultural exports are quite popular here, from Burberry to Benedict Cumberbatch. "Sherlock" is a hit on online video services in China, where Mr. Cumberbatch's character and Dr. Watson have been affectionately dubbed Curly Fu and Peanut. (Fu is part of the Chinese name for Sherlock Holmes, and Watson sounds vaguely like the Chinese word for peanut.) Chinese consumers have also already come up with a nickname for British traditional specialties including haggis and stargazy pie, which is embedded with fish heads. They call it "gloomy cuisine." Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: Ad Age Further Reading: Online contest to rename famous places in Great Britain @ visitgreatbritain.com (2014)

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Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds two Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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