Introduction Of Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama has been managed by well known Sri Lankan blue chip company, Aitken Spence PLC. The Hospitality Sector is a one out of four procedure of Aitken Spence's. Services, logistic solution and strategic investment are theirs other operations. Under Services they operate Destination management which enhances significantly their hotel operations. Destination management providing the whole facilities under one roof necessary for the destination travelers.

There are range of hotel brands managing by Aitken Spence such as Heritance in Sri Lanka, Adaaran in Maldives and Aitken Spence Hotels in India and Oman. Same time they provide inbound and outbound travels, airlines agencies, conventions and exhibitions, elevator agency, financial services and insurances through out local and international market under their Service sectors. (See Appendix 01)

"Heritance" is the famous brand of Aitken Spence's. This is of 'Heritance' is the combination of Heritage and Inheritance.

'Heritance Hotels & Resorts are a assortment of resorts that are architecturally unique and merge using their natural environment' - Quoted from Aitken Spence official web site. http://www. aitkenspence. com, retrieved on 23 February, 2012

Heritance Kandalama can be an example of mixture of Sri Lankan heritage, inherits and wild life. It really is a luxurious 5 star friendly to the environment hotel, superiorly architected by celebrated Geffory Bava. Heritance Kandalma is the first best Eco conceptual hotel in Sri Lanka and just a few in Asia.

Heritance Kandalama facilitating with 152 rooms, 3 restaurants with 295 seating capacity including out door places for dinning and chilling out facilities, one banquet hall, 3 unique pools with 2 bars, business center, in door and out door sports, shopping arcade and the perfect nature garden over looking the Kandalama lake with numerous nature. (Appendix 02)

Kandalama hotel client base is eco friendly travelers who want for mouth watering food extravaganza, serene privacy, luxury and unique experiences. It attracts vast and reputed client tail by giving unique splendid luxury facilities and services. They have a wide European market in most with guest also visiting from all of those other world. Nature lovers, eco friendly business travelers, honeymooners, families with kids, adventures, cultural and leisure tourists are main visitors of them.

Heritance Kandalama Marketing Strategies

Forming the Marketing Strategies for Heritance Kandalama.

Heritance Kandalama Hotel strategies formulated on the Aitken Spence's corporate and Hotel sector strategies which mainly based on Marketing theory and Societal concept. Heritance brand's strategy and market slogan is 'Where tradition is alive'. Heritance Kandalama hotel is been flagship of Sustainable Green Tourism strategies and CSR strategies practices.

Figure 2. 1: Porter Generic Strategies for Heritance Kandalama

Competitive Advantage

Competitive Scope Low Cost Higher Cost

Broad

NarrowOverall Cost Leadership

Differentiation-Heritance Kandalama

Cost focus

Differentiation Focus

Source: Porter

As you can see in Figure 2. 1 Heritance Kandalama is taking competitive advantage under 'Differentiation' strategies by catering to broad market with higher price compared to other friendly to the environment resorts in Sri Lanka. As you can see in positioning below they have got broader market that they cater to every single kind of markets to allow them to charge premium price as Heritance is and internationally and locally well reputed brand with their particular location, luxury services and facilities, and more developed marketing communication strategies.

Heritance Kandalama Hotel and Marketing Strategies

Though Heritance Kandalama hotel uses Societal and Marketing concept as their marketing concepts still they use other concepts too.

Societal Concept - Sustainable tourism, CSR practices, Green Auditing

Marketing Concept - Nature conscious architecture, Heritance ingenious Food Experience

As mother company of Heritance Kandalama, Aitken Spence group has been awarded among the top best corporate citizen in Sri Lanka consecutively for 6 years by firmly taking consideration of their sustainable business strategies. Heritance brand too recognized as among the best practice hotel chain on sustainability, responsible tourism and eco friendliness. They may be pioneer of 'Setting Standards' for Sri Lankan sustainable and green tourism. (See Appendix 01 )

In order to apply 'Where Tradition is Alive' marketing slogan and against to the competitors, Heritance Kandalama differentiates their location, interior and exterior of hotel, products and service, and Green philosophy practices.

Positioning

Royal Suites with VIP luxury amenities, Wedding package & documentation for foreigners, Balloon Rides, Mountain & Cave tracking,

Targeting

Honeymoon Package, Excursions, Cultural Activities & Cultural triangle tours, Green philosophy, CSR concern guest

Segmentation

Eco & Nature Lovers, Adventures, Cultural Tourist, Love & Romance Responsible TouristsSegmentation, Targeting and Positioning for Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama cater to Eco friendly, sustainable and nature conscious luxury market segments. Their client tails are wild life and nature lovers, love and romance, cultural tourists, leisure and adventure tourists and responsible tourists, who looking for mouth-watering food, serene privacy, luxury and unique experience. Kandalama has differentiate target markets according with their own strong marketing mix, such as culture triangle excursions and involving guest in community service to market responsible tourism. (Appendix )

Kandalama value proposition is 'Where Tradition is Alive'. They positioned their market for High end customers with royal suites and VIP amenities, Honeymooner and Wedding customers with wedding packages and providing documentation facilities for foreigners, Adventure customers with Balloon rides, Night mount hiking and Eco friendly tourists by practicing green philosophy. All of the above products have been provided by protecting and promoting the traditional Sri Lankan culture. The Heritance Kandalama has well positioned their product to gain best competitive advantages over their competitors.

Luxury -Royal suites, Six sense spa.

Culture - Excursions to Punaragama village and culture triangle.

Adventure - Excursions of Night mount hiking, Jungle tracking.

Love & Romance - Wedding Package.

Family - Eco park, Special children menu, In and out door sports.

Business - Conference facilities, Six sense spa, Serene environment from busy city.

Sustainable and Nature - Green philosophy and CSR practices, Promote and buy community products, Green Architecture.

Price

More Same LessFigure 1. 2: Heritance Kandalam product positioning in market

More

Same

Less

Benefits

Royal Suite, Six sense spa

Honeymoon package

Restaurant Buffet

Balloon rides

Cultural triangle excursions

Diamond club loyalty card

Horse and pony rides

Conference facilities

Punaragama village tour

Source: Author concept

Heritance Kandalama is using different pricing strategies according with their product and service to cater different markets and contend with competitors.

More-More : Compared to other eco-luxury hotels HK Royal Suites is far more expensive as their services and facilities are of an increased standard.

Same-Same: Cultural triangle excursion package and the price is the same as in comparison with the surrounding hotels.

Less-Less: Punaragama package is cheap; with this package you can explore previous traditional village life of Sri Lanka which competition don't possess such facilities. That is a distinctive market positioning for these people.

Growth Strategy and Heritance Kandalama

Existing Products New Product

5 star luxury rooms and facilities, Honeymoon package, Cultural Triangle excursion

Balloon rides, Helicopter rides, Traditional music and cultural events.

Family package with kiddies' facilities, Adventure packages for corporate company clients.

Punaragama package, Green tourists, Community service

Existing Market

New Market

Heritance Kandalama does great market penetration. Despite the fact that there are 5 star resorts there, they certainly larger market penetration compare to competitors, as their unique geographical position and superb nature blend architected. These were developed new market for kids to retain parents by introducing new kids menu, kiddies' sports, and kids club by creating adventure holidays for kids such as kiddies camping. There is another new market they created Adventure packages for corporate company clients as there new immerge of adventures out door management training curriculum. Heritance Kandalama developed balloon ride and helicopter ride for existing adventure market. Their diversification or unique products are Punaragama Cultural village, Kandalama Ingnues food experience and Cave dining.

7Ps approaches for Heritance Kandalama

Product

152 five star luxuries room with 7 categories, 3 unique restaurants, pool bars and Kandalama style cousins, Six sense spa with all beauty treatments, 3 unique pools in and our door sport facilities, Library and bushiness center, Excursions include cultural triangle, Activities such as bird watching, trekking, boat trip, horse and elephant riding.

Price

Best Available Rates for Bed and Breakfast - with tax

Superior USD 180

Panoramic USD 201

Luxury USD 250

Deluxe USD 262

Travel Agent Rates

Superior USD

Panoramic USD

Luxury USD

Deluxe USD

Promotion (See Appendix )

Advertising in News paper, Official World Wide Website, Magazines, Green Philosophy, CSR Activities, Person to person, Blogs, Social Medias such as facebook and twitter, Direct selling promotions, Catering to the international events and providing facilities for international researchers to gain knowledge about sustainable and green tourism practices, Been under lime light of each global and local green and sustainable awarding.

Place

183km from Sri Lankan Colombo, Katunayaka Bandaranayaka International airport, Located with in UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lankan Cultural triangle, Over looking of 1200 yrs. old Kandalama river, Sigiri and Dambulla citadels. Hotel reservation system, Aitkent Spence destination management, Official website and other reservation websites such as Agoda, Trip advisor, and other travel agencies working as distributions channels of HK.

People

Corporate and international customer training programs and other trainings for Staff, Staff evaluation and rewards after their success in customer services such as employee of the month, Training, develop and encourage lower level for higher managerial positions, through community services and CSR build good relationship between guest, staff and local community.

Process

Awarded with environmental process certifications, CSR and Green Philosophy practices, 8 Rs practices on resources, Hotel Standard guidance book, SLS certifications

Physical Evidence

Internationally awarded Geffory Bava's architectural design, Eco and Environment conscious landscaping, interiors and exteriors, energy conservations system, Colors and design blend with nature to do minimal impact on environment.

Heritance Kandalama Marketing Communication and Public Relation Strategies

Heritance Kandalama is having extremely effective personal and mass communication structure to make new customer bases and wthhold the existing customers. Promotion and direct meeting from hotel sales and marketing department and Walking guest or over reception counter selling will be the some of personal communications. A few of mass communication options for HK are websites, paper and magazine advertisements, brochures, cut outs and YouTube.

DRIP elements for Heritance Kandalama

Differentiate

Nature blend land mark architecture

Heritance = Heritage + Inheritance of Sri Lanka

Sustainable tourism practices

Nature conscious Green Philosophy with 8Rs practices

Remind

Unique 5 star Heritance Kandalama service and products

Aitken Spencer website with Kandalama media center, blog spots, social media such as facebook, twitter, blogger

After sales follow-up and guest data base management

Influence

Through official web site and other websites

International and local trade show and conferences

Been Hall of Fame atlanta divorce attorneys tourism awarding body in Sri Lanka and internationally

Through unique selling products such Kandalama ingenious cooking and Punaragama cultural village

Persuade

Marketing Slogan: 'Where Tradition Alive'

Display Attractive packages and excursion in their websites with details and same time with online reservation

CSR system practices and Green philosophy persuade to buy their products

Marketing Communication Approaches for Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama is using different market communication strategies aligned using their corporate strategies, such as

3. 2. 1 Push Strategies

Push strategy is one of main communication strategy used by Heritance Kandalama. As intermediates they use their own sister company Aitken Spence Travel and Tours, other local travel agents and tour operators, international travel companies and tour operators such as Kouni, hotel representative at airport, trade show and other travel and tourism conferences.

Heritance Kandalama Hotel Aitkent Spence Travel & Tours Customer

3. 2. 2 Pull Strategies

The growing and vast potential communication strategy used by Heritance Kandalama is the pull strategy, as there do not need to allocate intermediary commissions, discount or extra payments. This is very profitable for customers as well regarding the HK, however Heritance Kandalm a must are advertising and communications cost.

Heritance Kandalama Booking. com, Central Reservation Customer

Promotion Mix

3. 2. 3 Profile Strategies

Their a few of profile strategies are Heritance News letter, Promotion between other Aitken Spence staffs and suppliers.

Marketing Mix for Heritance Kandalama

Direct Selling - Aitkent Spence Hotel reservation system

Personal Selling - Heritance Kandalama Sales and Marketing Department

Advertising - Magazine and Bill board

Sales Promotion - Seasonal offers, Marketing campaign

Sponsorship - Donating to neighborhood schools

Exhibitions -

Trade fairs

E-communication - Official website, Facebook, Twitter

Public Relations(PR) - CSR practices

Public Relation (PR) and Heritance Kandalama

Heritance brand is a favorite cultural resort brand among Sri Lankans as well as internationally. Heritance Kandalama is playing a significant role among Aitkent Spence hotels as well as Heritance brand hotels. It has a reputations the Pioneer of the sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka and a role modeler for the earth. It is because of these luxuries hotel practices, procedures and policies they follow in sustainable tourism. Their mammoth well planned PR strategies aren't second to any other hotel in Sri Lankan accommodation sector.

3. 4. 1 Public Relationship Strategies using by Heritance Kandalama

Press Agencies : Heritance Kandalama has taken full features of the PR facilities with their mother company Aitken Spencer which has press release on Aitken Spence websites, National news paper agencies and other public media to market in Sri Lanka as well as in foreign markets.

Product Publicity : Very detailed information of hotel products and services mentioning in their official website www. heritancekandalama. com

Public Affairs : They use Green philosophy and CSR as their main weapon through the PR system. Heritance Kandalama public affair system well functions through the protecting environment, waste recycle system and 8Rs practices and minimum impact of tourism activities to the nature, local community and natural resources. Very good Human Resource practices, Promote and protect the Sri Lankan heritage can be taken as PA. Through all these they could generate a great public image among Sri Lankans and responsible travelers across the world.

Lobbying : Donating and helping government schools. Mainly they set the example to the Sri Lankan government to formulate regulations, rules and regulation for the sustainable tourism.

Investor Relations : Returning maximum profits to the share holders and delivering transparency financial and twelve-monthly reports.

Development : Community services, using local products for hotel operation, promoting the neighborhood crafts and goods to the hotel visitors and setting standards for Green Tourism in Sri Lanka

Other PR communication channels.

News and speeches by executive to the media - Executive review in annual reports

Written materials - Heritance Kandalama hotel broachers, articles

Audio visual materials - Youtube, Wesite video clips

Corporate identity materials - Heritance Kanadalama logo in stationaeries, signs, business cards, heritance uniforms, CSR activities, hotel website and social net works.

Any how start of the HK hotel had not been easy task because of Sri Lankan public and neighborhood was against to building it as hotel construction and operation would badly effect on Kandalama reservoir, Kandalama Lake, natural nature, wild animals and then for neighborhood, so right from the start Heritance Kandalam was acted on well planed PR activities to avoid all those protests.

Heritance Kandalma takes maximum opportunities through building better PR around their Location of cultural triangle and wild life, better service and quality product but through practice of Green Philosophy.

3. 4. 2 Heritance Kandalama PR practices and Sustainable Tourism

From the start Heritance Kandalma empathies on sustainability through the construction, procedure and disposing. Their operating and marketing strategies too build on sustainability. Setting standard for Sri Lankan eco tourism is one of these main objectives according to 2010/2011 twelve-monthly report.

Figure : Sustainability of Heritance Kandalma Hotel

Source: http://www. ecotoursportugal. com

Social: Heritance Kandalma CSR practices, Community services, Donation for local schools

Economic: Best Human Resource practices and Hiring local personal such village flute player, Buying and using local products, developed Kandalama ingenious food experience through local products and Encourage tourist to buy neighborhood products.

Environment: Green philosophy practices, Minimum effect on environment through green architecture, 8Rs practices (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reverence, Respect, Responsibility, Rethink and Repair)

Heritance Kandalma is a five star luxury resort hotel situated over looking of Kandalma Lake and surround by 5 of UNESCO World Heritage sites. A couple of hundred of luxury resorts in the worldwide and identical to in Sri Lanka, but however Heritance Kandalma brand is differtiate from its rivals and deliver brand values to its loyal customers. HK hotel extend their services under 'Heritance' brand mean Heritage and Inheritance and their value proposition 'Where Tradition Alive'

Brand Attributes of Heritance Kandalma

Image: : 'Heritance' brand, Location of Hotel

Design Style : Geffry Bava's Green Concept architecture engraving to rocks, flora & fauna with minimum effect on its natural environment

Logo : Brownish antique letters give Cultural feeling to the Heritance Kandalma logo

Marketing Campaigns: Through promotion mix

Printing Media: HK broachers, leaflets and news letters

Web site : Official website www. heritancehotels/kandalama

Behaviors : Through guest activities of hotel products and services

Brand strategies and Heritance Kandalma

Aitken Spence PLC is using umbrella branding strategies through to their main product and services such as Aitken Spence Hotels, Services, Logistic solutions and Strategic investment. Any how under hotel sector they use Multi Branding strategies such as Heritance, Adaaran and Aitken Spence hotel and resorts. Kandalama hotel is under Heritance which combine characteristics of Heritage and Inheritance of Sri Lanka. Heritance Kandalama contribute to the 'Heritance' brand strategies through giving Sri Lankan cultural, nature and genuine hospitality experience to the guest.

Heritance Kandalama brand equity is compound with sustainable and nature friendly luxury brand giving unique connection with Sri Lankan culture, tradition, food and foremost thousand years well known Sri Lankan hospitality. Through their equity they gain larger market share and operational profits, numerous international and local awards.

Destination Branding and Heritance Kandalama

Figure : Segmentation of Tourist Destination Branding for HK

Heritance Kandalama has positioned their brand as connection with Sri Lankan heritage and Inheritance, luxuries eco friendly product and services to contribute to 'Wonder of Asia' national brand strategies.

Figure 6. 3: Perceptual Map of Destination positioning of Heritance Brand Hotels

Wildness

Heritance Tea Factory

Heritance Kandalama

HK

HTF

Monolithic Culture OR Tranquility

Intriguing Accessible Culture OR Adventures

HA

HAMG

Heritance Ahungalla

Urban OR Sun/Sand/Sea

Heritance Maha Gedara

Source: author base on www. imagine. com

Heritance Kandalama positioning as highly access to the culture, adventure and wildness when other Heritance brand hotels positioning as sea-sand-sun or tranquility such as Heritance Maha Gedara is a ayurvedic beach resort.

Customer Relationship Management practices (CRM) and Heritance Kandalama

Tools using by HK for effective and efficient CRM,

Guest Relationship Department managing by Guest Service manager to attend at that moment guest quarries and also to enhance repeat customers.

HK has rapport on the guest cocktails, meeting the guest by management and engage the guest with neighborhood.

Data Base Management (DBM): Collecting and keep updating guest information upon registration cards and guest special requests to set-up memorable service for the guest when whenever they visit HK.

Using DBM keep in touch with existing customers- Sending greeting card on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. Updating the guest about upcoming events, new offers, HK special packages through emails and news letters.

'The Diamond Club' Loyalty Card - For every stay static in any Aitken Spence Hotels, guest can earn 100 points upon every thousand rupees spent and points for 10% of the total bill value. Free stay, discount on future booking, room upgrade, gift idea vouchers, special offers and free Aitken Spence hotels news updating are some of benefits customer complete the this loyalty card system.

Networking, E-marketing and Heritance Kandalama

HK gaining higher customer retention and new customer bases through networking, e-marketing and relationship marketing.

Network Marketing of Heritance Kandalama

Through Aitken Spence mother company and other sister companies

Aitken Spence word process, media release and corporate marketing

Aitken Spence Travel and Tours

Other Net work marketing

Trip adviser, Booking. com and Agoda booking engines

HK is gaining high advantage of MULTILEVEL MARKETING tools. Aitken Spence travel and tours giving full force selling and marketing for HK, and within Aitken Spence Hotel sector HK gain best marketing advantages through Adaaran and other Aitkent Spence hotel and resorts situated in Maldives, Oman and India. With small charges HK get very good net work marketing through other booking engine and websites where guest always surf to find value added services and share their experience with other travelers such as trip adviser and booking. com.

Relationship Marketing and Heritance Kandalama

Through Data Base Management system and Customer evaluation, Diamond Club loyalty card system, HK having larger group of retention customers. Such a customers' encounters you can read through their official media website of Aitken Spence word process. HK unique products and memorable services, well trained skilled staff and long haul marketing strategies foaming and continuing great customer relationship.

E-Marketing and Heritance Kandalama

They have attractive and informative current websites, social net work such facebook and twitter, blogs, virtual e-marketing such online video in you tube, how ever this is one of marketing tool that still they have not taken fully advantage and there are lots of potential they can explore and used in their marketing mix. In 3 area they may use electronic media for retain existing customer also to attract clients.

E-Business - HK is using computerized system to communicate through the interdepartmental as well much like Aitken Spence corporate sector. MS office, Data base management system( Fidelio ), e-recruitments and then for other communications

E-marketing - HK providing information of the products, packages, online reservation and customer feedback through their official website, internet sites, and other marketing websites.

E-commerce - HK official website is having online reservations and best available rates, and associated with other booking engines they are experiencing massive markets, such as through Last second booking. com, Agoda and tripadviser.

Figure 7. 1: Process of Social net work Communication Strategies of HK

5. 3. 1 Top features of Heritance Kandalama official website

Web contents and information: Updated reliable and detailed information supply the knowledge of its products and services. Images gallery and animation of front page attract the audience attention quickly

User Friendly navigation: Using simple text terms with drop down menus, that easy to understand and discover the information. Categories of rooms, dinning, spa, other facilities, wedding, activities, rates, offers with online hotel reservation system

Search engine optimization and link constructing: Appears in search engine such Google, Firefox and Yahoo. Its come in first six results of google internet search engine when search under 'Dambulla hotels in Sri Lanka', and first to appear when search under 'Kandalama hotels in Sri Lanka'. HK website is registered in Sri Lanka web directory.

As web release marketing tool: Hot balloon offers, Honeymoon packages, and hook up with Diamond Club loyalty car promotion internet site. Link with social net works such as facebook, twitter, flicker and blogger

Build awareness: Knowledge of Heritance products and services, news and press release, blog spots and forums through the net links of http://aitkenspence. wordpress. com or http://aitkenspencehotels. typepad. com

5. 3. 2 Online Advertising

In present Heritance Kandalama is using their official website, other booking engine websites (agoda. com, lastminute. com), social media links (facebook, twitter, flicker, blogger), online classified (lakpua travels), and rich media (YouTube), nonetheless they can emphasis on more on internet marketing as stated in recommendations.

5. 3. 3 Guerilla Marketing of Heritance Kandalama

Heritance Kandalama displays a local flute player and his story in their official website within CSR practices. Here they use CSR practices as guerilla marketing tool in their website.

Green philosophy practices, make us guilty if we not choose their product against to other resorts as they are the pioneer of Green philosophy practices in Sri Lanka.

Hotel allows taking as sample style of sustainable, green tourism, green and architechture case studies in locally and internationally.

Appear HK advertisement on other travel and tourism websites

HK is playing the role of Green tourism standard setter for Sri Lanka and for municipality.

5. 3. 4 Viral Marketing of Heritance Kandalama

Social Net works - HK has began to build social net work through Facebook, Flicker, Blogger, Twitter,

Word of mouth - Catering the guest with best luxury products and services, HK has built great customer reputation and they spread the positive image and motivating other clients through web base guest feedback such trip adviser, articles in websites and personally.

Diamond Club loyalty point system encouraging using increasingly more of Aitken Spence products and Heritance Kandalama service. This is the customer loyalty tools using by HK. Always customers feel they get affordability using the HK products and services.

Recommendations

Hosting Cultural and Sustainable Tourism programs, competitions and events

Calculate and award their guests yearly as 'Least Carbon Foot Print Guest'

Use voice text bot through web to answer the guest questions and quarries

Build up 'Story Share' link through the HK official website, which guest can post their funny, unforgettable travel experience or asking basic questions from the guest to develop travel story for him with photos; videos that guest can share with social media, printing or any other media.

Use technology to track down the travel information seekers through the search engine and let connect nearest person to the guest who had Heritance Kandalama experience to talk about their experience with new travelers

Use technology to locate the travel information seekers through the internet search engine and let connect nearest person to the guest who had Heritance Kandalama experience to talk about their experience with new travelers

6. 2 Recommendations and justifying marketing communications strategies

Directory marketing such in Yahoo Local, Yellow Page and LinkedIn

Promote a access word to search website easily and make it search engine sensitive. Such as 'Eco friendly hotel in Sri Lanka' or 'Cultural experience hotel'. HK need to web tracking by gathering statistic information to measure your website success.

Sponsor or be host for International and local 'Survivor', 'Travelers' programs.

Virtual Show round, live show round through Skype by all languages using rich media. They are able to use 3D effects and stimulate the customer by seen, feel and hear.

Corporate with professionals create stage drama, short films about Heritance Kandalama history.

Coordinate with travel and tour agencies to use in GPRS system to display Heritance Kandalama, when each and every time guest enters to their travel agencies.

Introduce E-catalog, e-brochures and e-coupon

Do mobile phone campaigns coordinate with cellular phone company.

Kandalama Lake Stage for events

Consolidate with Ceylon Hotel School and government open Eco Tourism Hotel School

Heritance Kandalama Tree Houses.

Conclusion

Heritance Kandalama is a five star luxury nature resort situated between 5 sites of UNESCO World Heritage sites Dambulla and Sigiriya, not far from Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Its build on internationally well reputed Geoffrey Bava's green architectural concept and building itself has blend with nature as you can't find a artificial building. Heritance Kandalama has rewarded numerous local and international awarding bodies such as HK is the first hotel to received Green Global certificate in Asia.

HK marketing strategies is to providing 5 star luxury experience to the guest while practicing sustainable and green tourism. Mainly they use Societal and Marketing theory strategies.

HK uses push communication strategies to promote the hotel and its own services via international and local travel companies, tour operators, travel and tourism industry events and conferences. They practice pull strategies too through World Wide Web marketing, direct selling and campaign do by the hotel sales and marketing department. Heritance Kandalama has well build Pubic Relations system through their services, products and practices. Their some of PR tools are CSR, Green philosophy, press releases through their mother company Aitken Spence's www. wordpress. com.

Mainly Heritance Kandalama has reputation amongst their competition through net work marketing such as trip adviser and person to person and it become viral marketing too for them through hotel blogs, facebook and other social net works.

Thought they may have well reputed market in locally and internationally still they can implement new methods of marketing tools and there potential to improve existing markets and explore new markets in modern era of eco friendly responsible tourism.

References

Chapter 1

Aitken Spence PLC, (2010/2012), Annual Report, Sri Lanka

http://www. ecotoursportugal. com retrew on November 19, 2012

Kotler, P. , Armstrong, G. , Agnihotri, Prafulla Y. , & Haque, Ehsan ul (2011), Principle of Marketing, New Delhi: Prentice Hall.

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