The 'Incredible India' Campaign: Marketing India to the World

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Case Code : MKTG122
Case Length : 24 Pages
Period : 2002 - 2006
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Ministry of Tourism, India
Industry : Tourism
Countries : India

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Others felt that it would have been better to build the necessary tourism infrastructure before launching the marketing campaign, especially as, according to them, much of this infrastructure was on the verge of falling apart. Still others were of the view that India was not on the itinerary of millions of tourists not so much because the country was unable to market itself, but more because of poor connectivity, exorbitant taxes, visa problems, unsanitary conditions, and shortage of affordable, good quality accommodation. Some of them even argued that the future of the Indian tourism industry depended more on solving the infrastructure problems rather than on an extravagant communication campaign.

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The 'Incredible India' Campaign

Before 2002, the Indian government regularly formulated policies and prepared pamphlets and brochures for the promotion of tourism; however, it did not support tourism in a concerted fashion (Refer Exhibit I for the tourism policy initiatives of the GoI). As a result, the country attracted very few tourists.

A country like France, six times smaller than India, attracted around 20 times the number of tourists that India managed to draw (Refer Exhibit II for the world's top ten tourist destinations). That this was the case in spite of France not being able to offer the sheer variety in terms of geography, cuisine, culture, and experiences that India could, was perhaps an indication of the extent to which previous governmental efforts to promote tourism had been unsuccessful. However, in 2002, the tourism ministry made a conscious effort to bring in more professionalism in its attempts to promote tourism. It formulated an integrated communication strategy with the aim of promoting India as a destination of choice for the discerning traveler.

The tourism ministry engaged the services of Ogilvy & Mather (India) (O&M) to create a new campaign to increase tourist inflows into the country. The 'Incredible India' campaign, as it was called, was launched in 2002 with a series of television commercials and print advertisements...

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