M&S Travel Money hits the beach in new advertising campaign

From: M&S Money
Published: Fri Jul 11 2008

M&S Travel Money gets under the spotlight this summer, with a major advertising campaign, starring Myleene Klass.

Set to 'Bamboleo' by the Gypsy Kings, with Mariella Frostrup providing the voiceover, the ad shows Myleene on the busy journey of preparation for her holiday. Viewers see her frantically packing, (including those much-admired bikinis) and visiting the beauty salon for essential last-minute holiday treatments. By contrast, she calmly picks up her foreign currency at her local M&S Bureau de Change and finally relaxes on the beach with a cocktail.

The 30-second ad created by RKCR/Y&R, shows that buying travel money at M&S is one holiday preparation that's stress-free, as it can be picked up with other last-minute holiday essentials at M&S.

Steve Sharp, Executive Director of Marketing at M&S, said: "Myleene is the perfect choice for this ad. Not only is she financially savvy, she is also a busy young mum, who simply doesn't have enough hours in her day, so appreciates the convenience of being able to pick up her currency at M&S. She also looks fantastic in her M&S bikini of course."

The campaign will air until 20th July. The ad and a 'behind the scenes' film, including an interview with Myleene, can be viewed on the M&S Money website at www.marksandspencer.com/money

The ad is supported by a fully integrated marketing campaign including instore promotion and posters on M&S lorries. Digital advertising includes banners on a range of travel websites such as tripadviser.com and lastminute.com where visitors can get a 'live' currency conversion. M&S Travel Money website also features a travel money bureau locator and a 'live' currency converter.

M&S Travel Money offers a wide range of currencies at competitive exchange rates, commission-free at in-store Bureaux de Change, online and by telephone. Now M&S is making it even easier for holidaymakers to get their travel money with the launch of cash machines which dispense both euros and dollars in selected M&S stores.

M&S Travel Money can be ordered and purchased from bureaux de change in over 100 M&S stores and by telephone.

About M&S Money
Marks & Spencer Money (originally called Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc, initially to administer the M&S Chargecard. It is now a significant player in financial services, offering a wide range of products in the credit, investment, insurance and savings sectors.


Notes to Editors:

M&S Travel Money - Key Features
Competitive exchange rates updated daily
Over 50 currencies available by phone, widest selection of currencies
On the high street at M&S in-store bureaux de change
No commission on foreign currency notes and foreign currency travellers' cheques (1% charge on sterling travellers' cheques)
Commission-free buy-back
M&S in-store bureaux de change open seven days a week, including weekday evenings up to 10.00pm depending on store opening hours
Free delivery on telephone orders of £500 or more (for orders of less than £500 there is a £5 delivery charge)
Fully insured registered post

Images from the TV advertisement are available from M&S Money Press Office and on headlinemoney.co.uk
Company: M&S Money
Contact Name: Liz Neild
Contact Email: enquiries@pr-sending.co.uk
Contact Phone: 01244 686 068

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