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Havas Media India wins Rs 30-crore digital media mandate for Sri Lanka Tourism

The account won in a multi-agency pitch will be handled from the agency’s Gurgaon office led by Uday Mohan, Managing Partner, North and East India

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has appointed Havas Media India to take care of its digital media mandate in India following a multi-agency pitch. The account size is estimated to be approximately Rs 30 crore and will be handled from the agency’s Gurgaon office led by Uday Mohan, Managing Partner, North and East India. The mandate includes social media, mobile and website. 

The SLTPB intends to launch a global destination marketing campaign for Sri Lanka over a period of three years. The campaign will be an integrated brand campaign focused on promoting awareness of tourism products in Sri Lanka, increasing the number of tourist arrivals, and targeting more high-value tourists to achieve the targets laid out for the sector. SLTPB carries out marketing campaigns targeting both the trade and consumer segments to support reaching the government’s tourism arrival and revenue targets.

John A.E. Amaratunga, MP, Minister of Tourism Development, said, “A transformation of the tourism industry is required to make Sri Lanka competitive in the global travel marketplace. Our vision is to be the world’s finest island for memorable, authentic and diverse experiences. SLTPB’s aim is to provide improved quality of services and service delivery by embracing digital and social mediums. The underlying goal of all efforts is to offer world-class visitor experiences while still being firmly rooted in the inherent natural, cultural, historic and social capital of Sri Lanka.”

Anita Nayyar, CEO, India and South Asia, Havas Media Group, said, “Sri Lanka is a vibrant, exciting and cultural destination and tourism is an incredibly important sector with over 2 million visitors each year spending approximately $3.5 billion. According to a study conducted by Havas Group, travel & tourism ranks No. 1 as the most meaningful category globally and brands that are meaningful enjoy 60% higher chance of purchase in this category. The industry is poised to offer great growth and investment potential.”

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) is the authoritative government body responsible for handling all marketing and promotional activities related to the travel and tourism industry of Sri Lanka. The Bureau headed by the Chairman, Managing Director and a Board of Directors comprising representatives from the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism was established in 2007.

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