SOURCE: ISM Travel and Lifestyle Marketing

ISM Travel and Lifestyle Marketing

January 21, 2013 08:00 ET

ISM Lands Agency of Record for Saint Lucia Tourist Board

Leadership and Experience in the Travel Industry Elevates ISM Above Several Agencies in the U.S.

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Jan 21, 2013) - After conducting a formal review of several U.S. agencies, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board has partnered with ISM as its advertising agency of record. For the next two years, the Boston-based company will develop and manage the island's brand campaign for North America. The newly developed creative and positioning, led by ISM's Executive Creative Director Jonathan Plazonja, was unveiled on Jan. 20 at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's 2013 Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Nassau, Bahamas.

Recently named Travel Weekly's 2012 Readers Choice for Best Caribbean Destination, Saint Lucia offers adventurous travelers the chance to experience more than what's expected of an island destination. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board turned to ISM because of its proven success working with premier travel brands, including American Express, EmiratesFour Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Tauck. ISM delivered a strategy that differentiated Saint Lucia from other well-known Caribbean locations.

Drawing on research that suggests travelers are seeking more diverse and authentic experiences, ISM focused on what makes Saint Lucia distinctive -- lush rainforests, waterfalls, mountains and volcanoes. The campaign, titled "Lift Your Senses," plays off the island's promise to deliver an elevated experience and highlights the incredibly unique character of the island to tourists in North America.

"North America is Saint Lucia #1 source market, making it critically important to our global marketing strategy," said Nerdin St. Rose, vice president, marketing and advertising, Saint Lucia Tourist Board. "With industry expertise, unparalleled research and background working with premium travel brands, it was very evident that ISM had a clear understanding of who we need to reach and how to reach them. We are confident and excited with the approach to highlight the distinguished characteristics of the island."

"We set out to paint a visual picture, engaging the senses and highlighting what some may consider atypical topography for an island destination. From the Pitons to the people, Saint Lucia offers visitors a chance to experience the local environment, culture and cuisine in a way that doesn't feel 'touristy,'" said Jonathan Plazonja, partner and executive creative director, ISM. "The 'Lift Your Senses' campaign tells the story of what awaits visitors by exposing a different side of Caribbean travel."

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About ISM
For more than 25 years, Boston-based travel and lifestyle marketing agency ISM has helped prestige brands define themselves and connect more deeply with consumers. With insight into the motivations of travelers, a deep understanding of the economics and operations of travel brands and constant observation of consumer trends ISM creates holistic solutions for their clients across categories and beyond media. ISM's distinguished roster of clients includes Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Emirates Airline, Tauck and American Express Travel Services.

About Saint Lucia
One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies' Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The "Helen of the West Indies," Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- a tropical rainforest and one of the world's few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia's wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. For more information on Saint Lucia, visit www.stlucianow.com.

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