During the seven month judging period from 1 January 2014 to 31 July 2014, Burj Al Arab achieved record engagement figures with more than six million likes, comments, shares and views across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
Initiatives highlighted by Skift included hosting the #WorldsUltimateInstameet with the world’s largest Instagram travel account @BeautifulDestinations. The Instameet was attended by ten of the world’s most influential social identities who share a combined audience of more than 18 million. The event generated more than 25,000 comments and 3.2 million likes from supporters around the world.
The hotel also committed to a yearlong partnership with #MyDubai, a campaign initiated by the Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdan. The initiative invites residents and visitors to hashtag their social media images #MyDubai to create ‘the world’s first autobiography of a city’. On the last Thursday of each month, the five best images are projected onto Burj Al Arab’s iconic sail.
Burj Al Arab’s social strategy targeted key social media influencers and high net-worth individuals to engage with both the local community and with current and potential customers.
Jumeirah Group Spokesperson, Piers Schreiber said: "We are delighted that Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has received the Best Social Media Presence for Hotels award from Skift. As the hotel is one of the most talked about and certainly the most photographed in the world, social media is the most natural platform for it to communicate with its many fans; and as the flagship hotel of Jumeirah Group it has pioneered the use especially of Instagram and YouTube in both building brand awareness and entertaining its followers across the globe. This award is a fitting testament to the creative passion of our marketing team at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah."
The inaugural Skifties awards recognise and award travel brands that excelled against peers in 2014 with judging based on the marriage between value data and editorial context.
Announcing the winners, Skift said: “To us, acquisition of users was not enough to make a brand stand out, it was about how their content engaged the community, and how present and genuine the brands were in their attempt to inspire and convert their audience.”
Other Skifties award winners included TripAdvisor for Best Branded Facebook Account and Lonely Planet for Best Branded Instagram Account.
More images of Burj Al Arab are available in Jumeirah’ s media library http://media.jumeirah.com
Notes to Editors:
About Burj Al Arab:
Burj Al Arab is managed by Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail and stands at a height of 321 meters. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world's most luxurious hotel, with features including in suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet and private beach. The hotel’s 202 luxury suites range from 170 to 780 square meters with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each suite, as well as six restaurants and conference and banqueting venues.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme.
For further information please contact:
Burj Al Arab, Marketing and PR Department
PO Box 74147, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 301 7564/7565
Visit us at: www.jumeirah.com/burjalarab