This creepy travel ad urges you to book that trip with a human

Internova Travel Group is warning of the dangers of faceless AI

Published On
Jun 17, 2021

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As consumers start to think about booking trips again, an unnervingly creepy ad from Internova Travel Group warns of the dangers of using faceless websites that rely on AI to book your vacation. 

The spot, created by Toronto agency Broken Heart Love Affair, depicts an AI concierge in an empty, bland-looking "Hotel Paradise" explaining in robotic tones how the place is perfect for you because "data analysis indicates that you fit the profile of travelers who have been this will be very special for you." It gets even creepier as he reveals that they "watch everything" and "hear everything" (and there's a nod to "The Shining" in the cinematography as he stalks the hotel corridors). It ends with the words "Don't let a machine choose your vacation." Rodrigo Garcia Saiz at Frank Content helmed the film.

As well as the longform video, the wider campaign includes out-of-home ads in new York and Los Angeles. They direct viewers to the company's web experience, which was developed by Broken Heart Love Affair's sister shop Lifelong Crush. The site connects users directly with real travel advisors across the U.S. from Global Travel Collection, Internova's luxury and premium travel division, rather than relying on chatbots

The company is hoping to emphasize that post-pandemic, having a human travel agent on hand to guide you will be important. (Rivals such as Expedia have also tried to highlight that they can offer a more personalized experience in their post-pandemic marketing.)

“The Covid-19 pandemic brought to light the horrors of travel disruption in a new way,” said J.D. O’Hara, chief executive officer of Internova Travel Group, in a statement. “Individuals and families left stranded with no refunds and limited support gave way to a climate of extreme frustration. Many realized that getting travel wrong – personal or business – can have very real, very strenuous consequences. That’s when travel advisors were called in to save the day.”

“The old way just became new again,” added Brent Rivard, chief marketing officer at Internova. “People today have access to a plethora of online booking algorithms to plan their vacations, but artificial intelligence won’t give you a unique, personalized experience, and it doesn’t particularly care if anything goes wrong. Bots are simply programmed to sell, not care. It’s time for humans to take back what’s rightfully theirs.”


Jun 17, 2021
Client :
Internova Travel Group
Agency :
Broken Heart Love Affair
Partner Chief Creative Officer :
Carlos Moreno
Partner Chief Creative Officer :
Denise Rossetto
Partner Chief Creative Officer :
Todd Mackie
Partner Chief Strategy Officer :
Jay Chaney
Partner Chief Business Officer :
Beverley Hammond
Creative Director :
Jordan Hamer
Creative Director :
Spencer Dingle
Copywriter :
Jordan Hamer
Art Director :
Spencer Dingle
Designer :
Rasna Jaswal
Agency Producer :
Erica Metcalfe
VP Client Success :
Cass Farry
Account Director :
Naomi Olsen
Production Company :
Frank Content
Director :
Rodrigo Garcia Saiz
Executive Producer :
Danielle Kappy
Producer :
Keren Kilcoyne
Director of Photography :
Rory O'Grady
Post Producer :
Nathan Dharamshi
Production Service Company :
Executive Producer :
Beverley Wynn
Bidding Producer :
Karin Tanchel
Edit House :
Black Ginger
Editor :
Jaco Rossouw
Black Ginger
Online :
Eddie Addinall
Motion Graphics Designer :
James Paznar
Motion Graphics Designer :
Super Duper
Audio House :
Audio Engineer Creative Director :
Daenen Bramberger
Web-Based Service :
Client :
Brent Rivard
Client :
Angie Licea
Client :
Don Jones
Creative Agency :
Lifelong Crush
Technology + Development Partner :
Array of Stars
Creative Director :
Spencer Dingle
Creative Director :
Jordan Hamer
Creative Director :
Mark Rozeluk
Copywriter :
Sasha Downer
EVP Managing Director :
Caroline Kilgour
Account Director :
Carlos Game
UX :
Adam Slayer
UX :
Lauren Suh
UI :
Jonathan Agomaa
Lead Developer :
Bohdan Anderson
Digital PM :
Leigh Lenchner

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