While photos, videos and sounds all evoke memories of fabulous holidays, smell a distinctive aroma from that trip and you are immediately transported to that faraway place, due to the emotional connection that smell creates within our brains.
For the centrepiece of the Scents of Adventure initiative, Kuoni have commissioned a large antique-style map from illustrator Emma Ahlqvest.
This unique map incorporates the scent of 10 worldwide Kuoni destinations, through the use of The Aroma Company’s interactive sampling technology – Poparoma. When pushed, Poparoma releases a different puff of scent that represents each destination. Each aroma has been developed by The Aroma Company in partnership with DigitasLBi . Destinations being brought to life include the USA, Australia and Brazil.
Appearing at the Kuoni store at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent on Friday 25th October (L109B Lower Guild Hall, Bluewater, DA9 9SN), visitors to the Kuoni store will be invited to guess what each of the destination fragrances are, for the chance to win a holiday for two in the Maldives.
Hayley Potts Manager of Kuoni Bluewater said: “We are delighted to bring this unique piece of art to the shoppers of Bluewater. From my personal travels, nothing ignites travel stories like scents such as the spices of a Moroccan market or seaweed at the beach; my mind travels back to that moment before I’ve even realised it.”
Brian Woodhouse, Kuoni Retail and Trade Marketing Manager added: “The scents and smells experienced in different countries are an integral part of the overall sensory experience of a holiday; and possibly one that we take for granted. We hope the Scents of Adventure map will entice customers to find out more about the destinations that inspired it.”
As well as the interactive map, Kuoni and DigitasLBi are inviting selected travel bloggers to write about what they think is the scent of the Maldives, to boost social signals and increase destination authority for Kuoni. The blogger who writes the best post will win a seven-night full-board holiday in the Maldives.
Mark Fleming, Digital Marketing Manager at Kuoni said: “Scents of Adventure brings to life the amazing sensory experience of some of our most popular destinations. We hope the initiative wows our customers and provides inspiration for travel bloggers, a key group of digital influencers for us.”
Val Lord, Managing Director of The Aroma Company added: “Poparoma is the Aroma Company’s patented interactive scent sampling device that delivers a puff of aroma, each time the button is pressed. Poparoma’s flexible design means it can be used in different styles of display from experiential activity, to point of sale sampling. We’ve really enjoyed the challenge this initiative provided us, and wish all the entrants to the competition the best of luck”.
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