Tourism Ireland has launched a nationwide search for individuals and couples to star in a series of short online movies as part of its £43 million new global campaign.
The tourism board is looking to recruit people whose infectious enthusiasm for their favourite part of Ireland, whether iconic location or best kept secret, in a bid to promote the destination to potential visitors across the world.
In addition to featuring on Tourism Ireland's global website, the movies will also feature on online video channels and on social networking sites such as Youtube, Facebook and WAYN.com.
Laughlin Rigby, eMarketing manager at Tourism Ireland, said, "In the face of continuing weakening global economies, 2009 will be a very challenging year for Irish tourism.
"However, while the outlook may appear tough, it is important to recognise that many people around the world will still want to take holidays."
The films aim to complement Tourism Ireland's three-year global advertising campaign 'Go Where Ireland Takes You'.
The new campaign has been designed to capture the spontaneity and fun of holidaying here and to show that some of the most wonderful and memorable experiences you are likely to have here will be stumbled on by chance.
The producers of the online movies, Keo Films, the makers of Channel 4's River Cottage series, will carry out the initial casting stage over the next couple of weeks.
Those interested in taking part are invited to email email@example.com or to call Freefone 1800 932 916 (calls are free from landlines) and give details of their favourite place and say why they should be selected to feature in one of the movies.
A shortlist will then be compiled and shortlisted respondents will be invited to participate in a series of auditions at a number of locations across the island.
The online movies will feature on Tourism Ireland's international suite of 41 websites www.discoverireland.com, which covers every continent, and will be translated into five languages.
Last year the websites attracted a record 10.3 million unique visitors, a massive +53 per cent increase in visits over 2007, illustrating the powerful influence of the internet on consumer holiday planning.
Rigny added, "Customers are not just searching for the lowest fare any more; they are seeking information and recommendations on the perfect holiday experience - where to go, what to see and do and where to eat.
"This new online movie series is aimed at providing an added dimension of information on the many attractions we have to offer in a novel and entertaining way.