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Sri Lanka launches its first ever destination marketing campaign in 15 years

By: Staff Writer

Colombo (LNW): Sri Lanka’s first ever destination marketing campaign in 15 years titled ‘you’ll come back for more has been launched recently.

Announcing this tourism marketing campaign Minister Harin Fernando urged the private sector to be innovative and lure more tourists as the Government’s role was only to ensure an enabling environment.

His call to the tourism industry was made at the launch of Sri Lanka’s first ever destination marketing campaign in 15 years titled ‘you’ll come back for more.’

Award winning creative agency Ogilvy developed the campaign based on multiple insights including that over 30% of tourists coming into Sri Lanka are repeat travellers.

Fernando said Sri Lanka has been resilient to attract 1.5 million tourists this year and the plan is to target 2.5 million tourists next year.

“Sri Lanka has done so well on its own, thanks to the industry who have actually spearheaded all the campaigns on their own,” said Fernando urging the industry and other stakeholders to promote the new campaign.

”The Government is only there to facilitate. The Government is not there to do business.

It is up to the industry to come up with new fresh thoughts, ideas to face the challenges and the Government will be there to help,” Fernando told the launch attended by leading hoteliers, inbound tour operators, airlines, diplomats and media.

“Let’s promote a positive message. Let’s take this deep into our hearts as all Sri Lankans, let’s show the world what Sri Lanka is all about,” he added.

He expressed satisfaction with the new brand campaign which will be rolled out extensively from early next year.

Tourism Minister Fernando who also holds the additional portfolios of sports and youth affairs said he is keen at empowering youth and promoting youth tourism.

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Chalaka Gajabahu said the new campaign will be done in three stages.

The first initiative is the on-going ‘Checking in’ campaign until February which will tell Sri Lanka is ready to welcome the whole world with the country returning to stability.

The subsequent stages will further expand on the core message ‘You’ll come back for more’ and widely promoted among major source markets of Sri Lanka Tourism.

Ogilvy and Mather Sri Lanka CEO Sudesh S. Moorthy enlightened the industry with the rationale for the theme, the campaign and its roll out.

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