"Australia" movie jointly promoted by Aussie Tourism Board

The Australian Tourism Board is seeking an image makeover, by linking global marketing efforts to Baz Luhrmann's new film, "Australia," which features the country's expansive vistas and homegrown actors, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

The Australian Tourism Board is seeking an image makeover, by linking global marketing efforts to Baz Luhrmann's new film, "Australia," which features the country's expansive vistas and homegrown actors, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

The country's tourism minister, Martin Ferguson, said at an industry conference that the film is "one of its greatest promotional opportunities in many years."

Neighbor New Zealand similarly played up the Lord of the Rings franchise to help fuel tourism.

Previously, the Australian Tourism Board faced criticism for not taking advantage of link with "Finding Nemo" as well as an ill-conceived campaign.

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