The Indian tourism ministry will soon launch a special campaign "Land of Pi" to promote India as a tourism destination with wonders seen in the Oscar-nominated fantasy film Life of Pi.
Announcing this in New Delhi on Friday the Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi said that the campaign would be launched soon across all media, including print, online, electronic and outdoor, to promote Puducherry and Munnar as tourist destinations.
Recognizing the importance of cinema as a powerful tool for the development and promotion of various tourist destinations, Chiranjeevi announced, several initiatives for promoting "Film Tourism" through films shot in India.
As per the campaign, "Land of Pi" posters produced by Tourism Ministry will be displayed worldwide through the India tourism offices overseas. These would also be put on the "Incredible India" website and the websites of the Puducherry and Kerala Tourism Departments.
Luxury buses plying between Chennai and Puducherry and Kochi and Munnar will be branded with "Land of Pi" creatives.
Special "Land of Pi" tours and walking trails will be organized for tourists visiting Puducherry and Munnar . Maps depicting these tours have already been produced.
Short films and virals on the tourist attractions in Puducherry and Munnar which have been depicted in the film have been created and one being put on YouTube and other social media networks.
"Land of Pi" contests will be organized online, with two prizes given every month. The prize would be a holiday package to Puducherry or Munnar, including air tickets to Chennai / Kochi and local hospitality.
A boat that hints at "Life of Pi", with a stuffed toy tiger will be permanently placed at two prominent locations in Puducherry, to provide a photo opportunity to visiting tourists.
One location will be a child-safe shallow water near Puducherry's Paradise Island and the other the soon-to-be-inaugurated Puducherry airport.
T-shirts and caps branding the two ´Lands of Pi´ will be produced and distributed.
Online video games will be made as part of the campaign.
The campaign will be undertaken in English as well as in French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.
Road shows for promoting tourism to the country will be organized in China and Taiwan, where the film "Life of Pi" has been very well received.
The widely acclaimed film "Life of Pi" has been partly shot in the beautiful locales of Puducherry (Pondicherry) and Munnar in Kerala
Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi has already announced special National Tourism Awards for Mr. Ang Lee, Director and Mr. Yann Martel, author of the Book "Life of Pi", for promoting India through the film.