Use of Travel Bloggers and Social media influencers have been a highly effective tool for most of the Destination ManagementOrganisations around the world, capturing unforgettable moments and sharing them amongfriends (mostly unseen before) is getting increasingly popular and it has been recognised as an effective way to promote Sri Lanka.
Up to now, over ,500 social media posts have been shared of many tourist locations in Sri Lanka.Various social, media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were used to share these posts and the total media engagement up to now has been 9 million and is likely to increase further. Sri Lanka had 16 bloggers who visited the country up to now and before their visit to Sri Lanka the combined follower base of all these Travel Bloggers were recorded as 3.6 million, which after their visit the total reach has exceeded up almost to 9 million.
Inserting this simple but strategically lucrative digital process into the action plan,Sri Lanka Tourism is hosting international travel bloggers and social media influencers by offering themmemorable experiences within the destination Sri Lanka. These visiting bloggers and social media influencers are taken around the country covering various aspects including,Wild Life, Cultural Heritage and many others. Depending on the specific interests of the bloggers and social media influencers, each and every program has been tailor-made to offer greater insight about Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Tourism hosted travel Bloggers & Social Media influencers from Australia, Norway, Spain & Philippines in October.The group of Bloggers who were hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism in October, were passionate to experience active, adventure,meditation, culinary and lifestyle travel. Hence, the program was designed by Sri Lanka Tourism under the theme of adventure & active travel. The program offereda greater insight of Sri Lanka to the rest of world. The overall combined social media followers’ base of the group was over one million. The group travelled around the island over 10 days, covering some of the most exotic locations such as Sigiriya, Pidurangala, Riverstone-Matale, Ella, Train ride to NuwaraEliya, Diyaluma Falls, Beragala and Tangalle.
While touring around the island and at the end of the destination familiarisation tour program, the bloggers created numerous social media and blog posts about their experiences including blog articles, Facebook posts, YouTube videos and Instagram posts. Overall social media engagement they have gained out of the total posts were over 7 million with the 15-day tour. As these posts are going on viral with various social media platforms, the involvements expected rise gradually. Moreover, popular social media pages such as UNILAD (33 Million Facebook followers) and Beautiful Destinations (9.8 Million Instagram followers) shared bloggers posts on Sri Lanka where those had gone viral among millions of viewers and creating positive impressions.
Other social media websites included journeyera.com from Australia, www.jordentually.com from australia, solmates and martinsolhaugen.com from Norway, ,averlovinit.com from Philippines, and Neyuma.com from Spain, Journey era.com from Australia which has a social media fan base of 252,700 had a number of 34 posts on Sri Lanka which highlighted the maximum number of posts from all the travel blog sites.
Various hospitality partners from the Sri Lanka hospitality industry (including Jetwing Hotels, Serendib Leisure, Cocoon Hotels, Ananthara Peace Heave, Tangalle, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Movenpick Hotel) collaborated with Sri Lanka Tourism to organise this social media promotion for destination Sri Lanka a success.
In the month of September, Sri Lanka Tourism participated at one of the leading international Blogger summits in the Europe, known as‘’Social Travel Summit’’- Austria in order to create International awareness about the destination within global digital Travel community and invite to experience Sri Lanka.
During this threedays’ event Sri Lanka Tourism engaged with some of the leading bloggers and social media influencers from around the world. Sri Lanka Tourism made successful communication with various destination management companies including Visit Britain, Austrian Tourist Board, Tourism Gratz, Kitsbhul Tourism, Thailand Tourist Board in order to work together with social media promotions and share information about lucrative travel blogger activities.
Due to the successful participation at the Social Travel Summit in Austria, Sri Lanka Tourismwas able to organise successful destination promotional blogger trip to Sri Lanka, to put the island nation on the top of the list as an ideal travel and holiday hot spot.
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