Sunday 25 October, 2020

Tobago Tourism's marketing campaign up for two international awards

This branded cab in London was part of Tobago Tourism's Tobago Beyond campaign.

This branded cab in London was part of Tobago Tourism's Tobago Beyond campaign.

The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited’s destination marketing campaign, “Tobago Beyond”, has been shortlisted in the International Travel & Tourism Awards 2019 in the “Best National Tourism Board Campaign” and “Best Destination Campaign” categories.

A release from TTAL said the International Travel and Tourism Awards is presented by the World Travel Market and supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The awards are a global platform that recognises and promotes excellence within the travel and tourism industry.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 5 in London, England.

According to the release, the “Best National Tourism Board Campaign” award recognises which destination showcased its vibrancy, culture, and individuality through a consumer or trade campaign that leaves the viewer pushing the destination to the top of their bucket list, or wanting to return.

The award for “Best Destination Campaign” looks at which destination’s campaign achieved volume and value growth in addition to encouraging visitation.

TTAL said the submitted campaigns were assessed using tangible metrics, including proof of audience engagement, budget, and obstacles and how they were resolved.

According to Nicole Smart, International Travel and Tourism Awards Organiser: Our judges have been greatly impressed by the exceptional quality of entries, and those who are on the shortlist know they have reached a very high standard – they will be among the best in the world.”

Tobago’s submission, “Revitalising Tobago Tourism”, outlined the aim of the “Tobago Beyond” campaign, which is to revitalise the international appeal of Tobago as a real challenger holiday destination for those seeking a Caribbean holiday. With limited resources in comparison to other Caribbean destinations, focusing on specific markets and traveler segments was a key part of the strategy.

TTAL said the submission also indicated that all of the campaign’s KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) have outperformed, and resulted in double-digit growth of arrivals in 8 months, with the last three months showing 22 percent, 29 percent and 40 percent growth respectively.

Commenting on the announcement of Tobago being shortlisted in the awards, Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips said: “This accomplishment is another reflection of our continued commitment to advance the island's tourism sector. This is certainly a testament to the fact that we are going in the right direction with respect to greater visibility for destination Tobago.

"Since the launch, the ‘Tobago Beyond’ campaign has attracted tremendous local and international interest and has yielded substantial results. I am heartened that our efforts are being recognised globally and look forward to the continued positive returns this recognition will bring.”

Louis Lewis, CEO of the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited, also expressed his satisfaction with the news, stating: We are honoured to be shortlisted for not just one, but two categories in these prestigious awards, due to the beyond ordinary marketing efforts of the Tobago Tourism Agency. Our intention has always been to enable Tobago to be a stand out destination in its own right using the island’s unique character and features to guide our creative and messaging exploration, and our recognition in these awards signify that our brand message is being received loud and clear.”

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