Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion campaigns are to be implemented with the assistance of the private sector tourism entities, official sources said.
Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts launched a unique ‘One Island, A Thousand Treasures’ initiative to let the world rediscover Sri Lanka as a must visit authentic destination on Tuesday 22..
The novel destination promotion campaign in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism and SriLankan Airlines among others will unveil the unknown stories behind Sri Lanka and paint a unique picture of culturally relevant stories just waiting to be explored by the world.
Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts Marketing Vice President Dileep Mudadeniya said the aim of the initiative is to play a proactive role to entice global travellers to experience Sri Lanka by showcasing the nation’s unique places, people and experiences beyond the usual sites and excursions.
These stories will be promoted via digital platforms to engage an international audience through social media and programmatic digital marketing, to encourage travellers to visit and experience Sri Lanka.
He said that a panel of judges will consider all submissions via video or pictures for three months after which Cinnamon will substantiate same and amplify selected ones to the global stage via network of global travel influencers, website of Cinnamon as well as Sri Lanka tourism thereby using those ideas to woo travellers to the country.
He said selected submissions will qualify to enjoy complimentary stay at resorts, travel overseas via SriLankan Airlines or win vouchers from Keells Super. “We hope to use the selected submissions as Sri Lanka’s emotional selling proposition to global travellers,” Mudadeniya added.
Cinnamon said the ‘One Island, A Thousand Treasures’ initiative targets the creation of new business opportunities for local communities including the revival of local arts and crafts.
By promoting the niche, lesser-known experiences, and history of Sri Lanka, not only will the country have more to offer tourists, but it will also help more industry stakeholders – a key objective of the campaign.
Tourism Ministry Secretary S. Hettiarachchi welcomed the Cinnamon initiative saying it will help Sri Lanka’s quest to draw 7 million tourists and achieve $ 10 billion foreign exchange from tourism by 2030.
He urged other private sector stakeholders to come up with similar innovative initiatives for which the Government will extend support.
Creative partner Dentsu Grant Agency Managing Director Neela Marikkar said it is the agency’s project of passion and enables the stakeholders to tell a different story never heard before about Sri Lanka as generation Z and millennial travellers seek authentic experience, deeper connection and engagement with communities.
In that context, Marikkar emphasised: “Sri Lanka has so much to offer” and the Cinnamon initiative ushers in an exciting journey of discovery. “We hope the initiative will enable local communities to take price and ownership of authentic experiences, lure more travellers thereby benefit from the influx,” she added.
Digital content creators can record their discovery and share it with the Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Team via the One Island, A Thousand Treasures website or through Facebook, Instagram or YouTube tagging @CinnamonHotels and #OneIslandThousandTreasures.
Upon submission of an authentic Sri Lankan story of a unique place, people or culture, an independent panel of content experts will review each entry.