Melbourne is officially open via Visit Victoria, OMD and The Project

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 26 November 2021

A simple message: With restrictions easing, Melbourne is open, vibrant and welcoming.

Visit Victoria, OMD and its creative content division, OMD Create, have joined forces with Network 10 to revitalise visitation to Melbourne through a partnership with The Project.

The initiative will take The Project to the streets in a four-week integration partnership.

Nazeem Hussain, The Project’s panellist and one of Australia’s favourite comedians, will join the 60-minute live show from different Melbourne destinations each Friday night. 

For media to break through in a market currently saturated by travel offerings, Visit Victoria and OMD’s strategy team understood that it would require more than share of voice or a curated 30-second TV spot.

The idea to work with The Project was conceived to reintroduce Australians to Melbourne’s brilliance and encourage them to return.

Visit Victoria’s CMO, Shae Keenen: “As we encourage people to get set for Melbourne’s ultimate comeback, we want to ensure everyone is aware of just how much our great city has to offer.

"There’s never been a better time to visit – the vibe is back with so many new restaurants, bars, attractions, and cultural and sporting events to choose from.”

“A partnership with The Project and OMD gives us a platform to showcase this in a way that aligns perfectly with Melbourne’s DNA – we’re all about doing things a little differently.

“We can’t wait to take Nazeem through the streets of Melbourne as he rediscovers our amazing and resilient city along with the rest of Australia.”

Tamar Hovagimian, 10 ViacomCBS Partnership Director – Effect: “In this inaugural partnership between The Project and Visit Victoria, we’re excited to celebrate all Melbourne has to offer and remind viewers of what they’ve been missing.”

Penny Shell, OMD’s Head of Product and Planning: “OMD is thrilled to partner with both Visit Victoria and 10 on this media first concept for The Project. Positioning Melbourne as the thriving, cultural and creative city that it truly is, is very close to our hearts and an initiative that we are very proud to be working on”.

Nazeem Hussein’s first live broadcast from the streets of Melbourne will take place in tonight’s episode of The Project at 6:30pm on 10.

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