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Cinnamon launches ‘Bring A Friend Home’ Campaign

L to R - Gayan Peiris, Nalaka Amaratunga, John Amaratunga, Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator, Dimuthu Tennakoon, Hishan Singhawansa L to R - Gayan Peiris, Nalaka Amaratunga, John Amaratunga, Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hanaa Singer, UN Resident Coordinator, Dimuthu Tennakoon, Hishan Singhawansa

Cinnamon’s Bring A Friend Home (BAFH) introduces an exclusive initiative to spearhead tourism in Sri Lanka and also to overcome challenges faced by the tourism industry. BAFH encourages fellow Sri Lankans living here and overseas as well as expats living in Sri Lanka to nominate foreign friends to visit the island through an array of attractive packages. The key objectives of this campaign are to communicate a sense of urgency to visit Sri Lanka and create user-generated content to spread the message that Sri Lanka is safe to visit. The campaign is developed to generate much needed positive publicity to Sri Lanka.

BAFH follows a simple four step process; Register - Invite – Accept – Travel. Sri Lankans living here or overseas and even expats living in Sri Lanka with a resident visa are eligible to nominate foreign friends to this campaign. Visit bringafriendhome.com and register by entering the name, email and contact number. This gives applicants the opportunity to invite one or more friends living overseas via email, WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter and also be eligible for a raffle draw. Invitations can be sent from July 30 –December 15, 2019 for stays within the same period.

The invitee – any foreign passport holder or Sri Lankan expat – can then proceed to accept the invitation by purchasing one or more packages listed on the campaign website at cinnamonboxoffice.com. A range of packages are available to choose from, including beach, nature, adventure and city tours specially curated for showcasing Sri Lanka’s tourism offerings.  The invitee must travel to Sri Lanka between August 1 and December 15, 2019 and register on the campaign website to enter the raffle draw, which will take place in January 2020. All travel and registrations should be completed by or before December 15, 2019.

The campaign is set to expedite the tourism arrivals to the country and is part of Cinnamon’s contribution towards the recovery process. Launched with the active participation of all local industries, Cinnamon is engaging both locals and foreign tourists, taking ownership for creating exemplary change across the tourism sector. Jacqueline Fernandez, former Miss Sri Lanka and current Bollywood sensation, was the first visitor under this promotional campaign, and celebrated her birthday in Sri Lanka with 15 of her friends from Bollywood, to kick-start the campaign during the first week of August.

Kishu Gomes, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said, “It is a timely initiative by Cinnamon to help regain Sri Lanka’s formerly attained standard of tourism as an island that was known as one of the must-travel places for year 2019. Projects of this nature will globally amplify the impact of the destination and trigger an international prerequisite to visit Sri Lanka. This campaign will help spread a positive outlook of the country across the world, showing that it is safe to visit and is open to tourism.”

“Cinnamon’s Bring a Friend Home promotion aims to create some much-needed enthusiasm and excitement for Sri Lanka once again as an experiential travel destination,” stated Dileep Mudadeniya, Vice President John Keells Group, Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts and CEO of Cinnamon Life Mall. “Sri Lanka is ready to welcome visitors to its sun-kissed shores once again, and who better to endorse our country than ourselves? Each one of us now has the opportunity to be brand ambassadors to this paradise we call home, and invite our friends from around the world to witness this unrivalled beauty together with us.”

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