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Hong Kong Tourism Board Bags PATA Gold Award 2014
  • August 2014
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has bagged the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) 2014 Gold Award in the category Marketing  Primary Government Destination for its “Hold My Hand in Hong Kong” promotion campaign in India.

The HKTB launched “Hold My Hand in Hong Kong” in 2013 as a unique year-round marketing platform integrating literature, film, digital media, and trade, consumer, and public relations promotions in one campaign to promote Hong Kong in India. 

Collaboration with Bestselling Indian Author Durjoy Datta
In its main campaign for 2013/2014 the HKTB developed a ground breaking promotional concept using literature and fusing it with other media to capture the romantic side of Hong Kong in an appealing format tailored to India’s young segment. 

The HKTB collaborated with bestselling Indian author Mr. Durjoy Datta on a love story called Hold My Hand, which has Hong Kong as its setting, to give readers a sense of the romantic side of Hong Kong. “Hold My Hand in Hong Kong” was a unique campaign, as this was the first time any tourism board has teamed up with an author to promote a foreign destination in the Indian market. The HKTB used the novel as a springboard for a series of promotional activities, using Social Networking Services (SNS) and mobile apps. 

The HKTB’s Regional Director of Europe & New Markets, Mr. Peter Hoslin, said: “Thank you for the support from everyone who contributed to this innovative campaign. Without such an effort, it could not have been so successful. The HKTB is proud to accept this award, as it is our team’s pioneering thinking which enables us to deliver campaigns that are both creative and effective. India has become a very important market for Hong Kong. From January to June 2014, Hong Kong had 243,977 visitors from India, which is an increase of 13.5% compared to the same period in 2013. We look forward to developing other unique ideas to promote Hong Kong  Asia’s world city  in India.” 

Durjoy Datta said: “I am very happy to be associated with the HKTB and to hear that my novel Hold My Hand contributed to the success of this award-winning campaign. My previous books are mostly set in urban India, so working with the HKTB gave me the opportunity to try a different setting. Having been to Hong Kong myself, I would say the city is a fantastic place for a romantic adventure. With its diversity and energy, Hong Kong provided the perfect backdrop for Hold My Hand, allowing me to subject the characters to a range of different emotions and experiences.” 

“Hold My Hand in Hong Kong” Short Film Contest
The HKTB also ran a short film contest in association with Whistling Woods India, in which students produced short films based on Hold My Hand. The winning short film premiered before the winter holidays, a popular season for Indian honeymooners and young couples to travel abroad. 

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