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Pregnant Tourist Hoax Turns Out To Be Viral Ad For Holiday Mooloolaba

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 02, 2015

Pregnant Tourist Hoax Turns Out To Be Viral Ad For Holiday Mooloolaba

A viral video that captured the Internet's collective attention early this week turned out to be nothing more than a viral video advertisement for Holiday Mooloolaba, a vacation rental company in Australia.

A YouTube user going by the name Natalie Amyot posted a one-minute video to YouTube Sunday seeking help to find a man she met on the final night of her stay during a recent trip to Australia. Amyot said that six weeks after returning home to Paris she found out that she was pregnant, and thinks the child could belong to him. 

"We had a beautiful night, and on the next morning I flew home to Paris and lost my phone with his number on it," Amyot says in the video. "So I have no way to contact him."

The video, which can be viewed below, has since gone viral with more than 1.7 million views on YouTube as of Wednesday morning.

In the video description, Amyot said she met the mysterious man in Mooloolaba, a tourist resort located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, roughly 60 miles north of Brisbane. 

After first meeting at O'Malleys Irish Pub, the duo visited the Wharf Tavern.

Amyot doesn't mention the man's name, but describes him as six-foot tall and tan with blue eyes and blonde hair. 

Amid unexpected backlash to her video, Amyot posted the following comment on YouTube on Tuesday: "Oh my god I didn’t know it would be on news...Please don’t hate me, I just want to find him..."

That backlash would only intensify when the entire thing was revealed to be a hoax orchestrated by Sunny Coast Social Media to promote Holiday Mooloolaba. A followup video posted Tuesday featured Sunny Coast owner Andy Sellar explaining the gag:

"I know there's going to be a lot of you that are upset by this," he explains in the video. "We just wanted to put Mooloolaba on the map because it's a beautiful place."

The YouTube comments, as one would imagine, were less than kind.


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