Sligo Tourism is embarking on a year-long digital marketing campaign, aimed at promoting the county on national and international markets via the use of social media.
Using the hashtag #SligoStories, locals and visitors to Co. Sligo are encouraged to share their favourite story from the county over the next twelve months. Whether it is hiking up Knocknarea, biking around Sligo town, dinner at Sligo’s many restaurants and bars, or horse riding across beaches, participants are being encouraged to take part and help spread awareness.
Three major themes of the campaign will focus on Co. Sligo’s main assets; outdoor adventures, archeology and culture and creativity, as well as supporting the county’s events calendar.
The main objectives of the 2019-2020 campaign will focus on growing the number and spend of overseas visitors to the region, especially those visiting from Europe. Another objective is to extend the length of stays by visitors to the region and encourage families to stay for week-long periods.
Key elements of the campaign include the development of saleable visitor experiences and packages which tourists can pre-book and buy online through the recently relaunched SligoTourism.ie. These packages will focus on off-season and shoulder months of the tourism calendar, i.e. October to March. The campaign will also include the development of a photography and video content pool.
The marketing campaign will also collaborate with local tourism networks including Adventure Sligo, Sligo Food Trail, Sligo Walks and South and West Sligo Tourism.
According to Sligo Tourism Manager Neil Faulkner, the campaign will drive significant interest during some of the tougher months for tourism operators in the north west: “We are really excited to announce this new Sligo Stories Tourism campaign supported by Sligo Tourist Development Association, Sligo LEADER Partnership and our local hotels. We have just kicked off our social media campaign this month, and will follow with a brand new suite of new photography and two new promotional videos all set to be released over the coming months.”
For further information on the campaign, visit www.sligotourism.ie and follow @SligoTourism or use the hashtag #SligoStories.