Kerala Tourism’s latest brand campaign, Human by Nature, which encapsulates the state’s spectacular charm in dramatic visuals and offers refreshing insights into the interconnectedness of its people and the bountiful nature, has received wide acclaim in international markets, firmly pushing post-floods Kerala back into the itinerary of global travellers.
The three-minute destination campaign film, part of a marketing blitzkrieg to refurbish Kerala’s touristy appeal beyond the Indian shores, showcases the state’s signature assets, and celebrates local people as heroes. The film subtly depicts warm, authentic human stories that travellers rummage through this land for a liberating experience.
The global brand campaign, which was recently launched by Kerala Tourism Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran in New Delhi, packs soul-stirring images of the state where life moves at a leisurely pace in tranquil environs, where culture flourishes in syncretic traditions, where tradition complements modernity in the context of everyday life, all strung together in a visual tapestry.
Alongside, it offers a spectacular snapshot of the state – tranquil backwaters, beaches, houseboats, catamarans, Theyyam artistes, hill stations, exotic wildlife, magical festivals, and scrumptious cuisines, and there is a surreal feel to it that is both real and fantastical for tourists.
In essence, Human by Nature presents Kerala as ‘the courtyard of the world’, where no one is an outsider, not even the traveller; where the land and the people create a fabric of tolerance and interconnectedness; where you speak with no words and listen from the heart; where you can explore Magic in Everyday and Eternity in the Ordinary—all of which can make us human, all over again.
Describing the latest campaign as a powerful multi-media outreach, Shri Surendran said it would act as a trigger to put Kerala Tourism on a higher pedestal in a competitive global marketplace.
“I am sure it will strike an emotive chord with travellers and position Kerala as an essential fixture on the international travel circuit. It will appeal to both high spenders and backpackers. Tourism is a major contributor to Kerala’s economy and a significant source of foreign exchange. The increase in footfalls can have transformative effect on the lives of our people,” he added.
The film, which was shown as part of Kerala Tourism’s roadshow in the American cities of New Jersey, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, drew an enthusiastic response.
The film has been conceived and scripted by Stark Communications, the brand agency for Kerala Tourism for several years, and directed by Vivek Thomas, Director of Miramar Films. It was shot in the enchanting locations like Kumarakom, Alappuzha, Arthungal, Chellanam, Fort Kochi, Munambam, Wayanad, Kannur and Thaliparambu.
The 360 degree integrated campaign has also a strong print component, and it was shot by the renowned New York-based Canadian photographer Joey L, who is known for his work that straddles the worlds of photojournalism and commercial photography. He travelled extensively across the state to create a set of stunning portraits that showcase the people and the terrain they live in – like never before.
Tourism Secretary Smt. Rani George said Kerala Tourism keeps reinventing itself with fascinating ideas. “The film is both sophisticated and emotive. It shows Kerala in a wider spectrum as vibrant and welcoming, underlined by a powerful human touch. This will further firm up Kerala’s position in the itinerary of international travellers as one of the most fancied global destinations,” she added.
The campaign would run in Kerala Tourism’s key markets, such as USA, the UK, Gulf countries, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.
In 2018, the state’s tourism netted record revenue of Rs 36,528.01 crore, clocking an increase of Rs 2,874.33 crore from the previous year, while the number of domestic and foreign tourist arrivals stood at over 167 lakhs.
The film can be viewed on Kerala Tourism’s Facebook page.