City Nation Place Americas 2020

4th Annual Conference

room Delta Hotels Toronto, Canada
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The fourth City Nation Place Americas conference will take place in North America’s fourth largest city – Toronto, a city with a place brand story that reflects the opportunities and challenges of integrating tourism and economic development. Bustling with culture and visitor attractions, Toronto is experiencing fast-paced urban development and is of course the proposed home for the much-talked about Sidewalk Labs smart neighbourhood development. We look forward to sharing some of Toronto’s place branding story with you through place-making tours and our packed conference agenda.

Join our flexible one or two day program of presentations and discussion featuring city leaders, economic development and tourism development experts, and place marketers from across North America - you will return to your desk full of ideas and supported by new contacts, ready to inspire your team to deliver improved value for your own town, city, county or region.

Event Program:

Tuesday May 19:

Optional morning place-making tour

Optional afternoon Think Tank session:more info

Welcome Reception for all delegates

Wednesday May 20:

Full day conference agenda:more info



5 reasons why this is a must-attend event for you and your team:

  1. Network and share challenges and solutions with 200+ delegates representing a unique mix of city, county, and state marketing boards, mayoral teams, DMOs and DMMOs, CVBs, and EDOs.
  2. Learn how a collaborative approach to place branding and marketing by all stakeholders in a place can deliver more positive and durable economic benefits
  3. Take away actionable ideas shared by the CEOs and directors of places across the USA and Canada all addressing the same challenges: how to improve quality of life for citizens, attract talent, attract investment, and develop a sustainable tourism economy
  4. Join additional sessions that will examine the emerging opportunities created by digital technology for more effective place management and place marketing
  5. Hear how other places are stretching budgets, creating citizen advocates, setting KPIs, structuring their teams… and all those other key challenges you are currently addressing

This has been fantastic. I'm already planning to return in 2020 and bring more people!

Rob DeCleene, Executive Director Visit South Bend Mishawaka


Your whole team was great to work with and we felt like we got many more connections out of this year’s conference then the last two combined due to the one-to-one meetings and being part of the agenda.

Rob Hunden, CEO, Hunden Strategic Partners

Who attends

  • Directors, Strategy Directors, CMOs of National, State and City Marketing organizations
  • Ministerial teams from tourism, trade, investment and foreign affairs departments
  • Nation branding committees from across the Americas
  • Directors and marketing teams from Destination Marketing Organizations and Tourism Boards
  • Directors and marketing teams from Economic Development Organizations and Investment Promotion Boards
  • Directors of Business Improvement Districts
  • Directors of Property and Real Estate organizations working on place making projects and neighborhood development
  • Agencies, consultancies and advisers working with clients on place branding, place marketing and place marketing projects

It was my first time at this conference, and I really, really enjoyed it. The speakers were excellent - I took away some really great ideas and insights

Lori Bartle, President, MeringCarson

Delegate Partner