The Barbie Movie: Why Santa Monica is a Big Fan

TLN’s Anju Bliss with our host Sana Keller, Canada Director of PR for Santa Monica Travel & Tourism

To call the Barbie movie a blockbuster seems so…inadequate. With a box office now totalling over $575 million in North America alone, the pink juggernaut is not slowing down any time soon.

The fantasy comedy, in which Aussie actress Margot Robbie plays Barbie and Canadian Ryan Gosling is her gorgeous-but-dim boyfriend Ken, manages to be funny and controversial at the same time. It’s about empowering women, challenging corporate America, and how to drive an adorable pink convertible even if doesn’t actually have an engine.

Guests channeling their inner Barbies!

It’s also about eye-popping colour. Every scene is drenched in ice cream pastels and absolute swathes of hot pink (which I like to think of it as “Open Jaw pink”).

And a group of some 40 travel industry types got to experience Barbie for themselves at a screening hosted THU 24AUG in downtown YYZ. Our host? The town of Santa Monica, Calif.

Ethel Hansen Davey of Uniglobe Enterprise with Leo Paul Cormier of Maritime Travel

It’s no surprise that Santa Monica is happy to jump on that big pink Barbie bandwagon. Billing itself as Los Angeles’ beach city, it’s located just 13 km north of Los Angeles Airport (LAX) which is served by AC, WS and TS. Not only were four scenes from the movie filmed in Santa Monica, it’s currently home to the immersive World of Barbie Experience.

Life through rose-coloured glasses!

And when clients are pinked out, there’s lots to do in Santa Monica. As well as miles of coastline and beach there’s shopping from the elegant to the funky; over 400 restos; and 41 hotels. And’s it’s easy to go car-free with bike rentals, extensive bike paths and 3 stops of the Metro Expo Line (which even accommodates bikes).

More information about Santa Monica is available at their site just for the travel trade here.

Martha Chapman


A contributor to Open Jaw since 2006 - and known to all in the business - Martha has worked in the travel industry all of her career and covers events, destinations, personalities and issues in the travel world.

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